After hearing about Rebecca Black’s music video “Friday” on numerous TV Shows including GMA, Access Hollywood, TMZ, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tosh.O, Stephen Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and various other late night and morning entertainment shows and still not having heard the song I finally gave in and had a listen to Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Some people like it, some hate it, millions have watched it. In this associated content article, here’s my review of Rebecca Black’s Friday.
What did I think of the song? It’s a catchy song, however, the repetitive lyrics if they were to stand alone, are terrible. The song seems like it wrote itself with one statement of the obvious after another which makes it sound like a fun improve. I’m fairly certain the song writer of “Friday” knows this, the lyrics even list the days of the week. The music video is willing to make fun of itself, trizzy66 has even posted an official Rap Remix version, a parody where the rapper from the video mentions some of the top YouTube comments including a comparison to Usher and the words fried eggs. Plus, who else sings about which seat they’re going to take at the bus stop, and does so as proudly and as confidently as Rebecca Black? The singer really sells the song to the viewer, literally, and has been a good spirit, taking all the criticism as it comes well with a great attitude.
Love it or hate it, the song is relatable. What 13 year old girl, boy, or adult doesn’t look forward to Friday (Friday) and partyin’ (partyin’) and gettin’ down on the weekend (weekend) you wish would never end? It’s a happy, fun song that conveys the simple joys of weekend excitement to young and old alike.
For those who love the song, the singer makes terrible lyrics great. ( Another singer who does this is Taylor Hicks, who joined Fallon and Colbert to perform the song on the “Late Night” TV show after raisng money for www.donorschoose.org That video can be seen for free on the NBC website.) Those who hate the song might prefer an instrumental version of “Friday”. So what small improvement could make the song in the popular video well liked by more people? Perhaps posting it with just the instrumental music. However, minus the forever smilin’ Rebecca Black, the song would be much less talked about and lacking in the personality that has brought it so many millions of views on YouTube.
If you’d like to check out a piano cover of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” the one by Richie of ThePianoBros is well done and does sound a lot like the original “Friday” without the words. The piano version only had about 10,000 views when I watched (it was posted Mar 17, 2011), but over 100 likes and under 10 dislikes. Many people also seem to like more than dislike other versions: slowed down 5x (relaxing, it does sound like the ocean), in reverse, and sped up Chipmunk version, where the words are harder to understand. The Official Rap Remix is also liked by many.
Why does the Official Video have so many hits? Maybe it helps that the video has the keywords Black Friday right next to each other. However, the video was posted by trizzy66 on Feb 10, 2011, nowhere near Christmas or Thanksgiving, although Good Friday is coming soon and she is just lucky 13 years old.
When I first checked out the official video it had over 42 million hits. After listening to the song a few times to write this ac review, I clicked refresh; there were over an additional 285,000 views in just a few minutes, in the early hours of the morning. While there were hundreds of thousands dislikes, there were still tens of thousands of likes. It seems that many viewers, in addition to the weekend, are awaiting the release of Rebecca Black’s next single. Will the young female musician be able to repeat her success with future releases? Hooray for Friday!
If you’re wondering if she can sing or if it’s all just autotune, check out this video from ABCNews: “Rebecca Black Sings ‘Friday’ Acoustic” on Good Morning America for Andrea Canning and a group of happy kids.
YouTube Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
YouTube thepianobros’s Piano cover of Rebecca Black – Friday