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15 Rich People Who Tried To Buy Their Way Into Fame

Rebecca Black

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Rebecca Black is the face behind the viral music video Friday. Rebecca used four thousand dollars of her parents’ money to create a music video for the song Friday, which she then uploaded to her YouTube channel in February 2011. It went viral the following month but did not garner Rebecca the fame and success she was hoping for. Instead, the coverage of the song and video was mostly negative. Rebecca was invited onto The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to talk about the song as well as the negative reaction to it. At that point, the song had far more dislikes on YouTube than likes. Rebecca even received death threats following the release of her song.

ARK Music Factory, the company Rebecca used to make the video, actually wrote the song in its entirety. Rebecca eventually started her own music label, RB Records, and released several singles throughout 2011 and 2012. Saturday, the follow up to Friday, charted at fifty-five on Billboard, but was only there for one week, whereas Friday was on the charts for six weeks.

Rebecca has twice now said she was working on an album. One was supposed to be released in 2011 and another in 2015. She has blamed delays on her former relationship with ARK and the challenge of finding compatible producers, but maybe she has realized how hard the business actually is.

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