Rebecca Black was solely 13 when her infectious track “Friday” blew up the internet. A decade on, the now-23-year-old singer reflected on her breakout moment — plus the memes, remixes and adverse fallout that adopted.
“My world changed in a lot of ways,” Black advised The Post of her tumultuous 10 years. “It was exciting, overwhelming and a little insane.”
When “Friday” first dropped in 2011, the pre-teen celebration anthem garnered greater than 166 million YouTube hits in a number of months and even landed the adolescent an look on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show.” Fellow teeny tuners tried to money in on her success with equally catchy ditties, together with Nicole Westbrook’s “It’s Thanksgiving” and “Chinese Food” by Alison Gold.
“A lot of people around me trying to capitalize,” exclaimed the sudden movie star, “and all of a sudden there were so many things that were brought into my life that were very adult.”
Unfortunately, the younger star’s newfound fame had a darkish aspect: Detractors tore into the budding starlet over all the things from her look to her voice.
“The criticisms were too inappropriate to say to somebody’s face, especially a child,” Black lamented to The Post.
And whereas Black continued to launch songs — together with the viral hits “My Moment” (2011), “Sing It” and “In Your Words (each in 2012) — she felt like one thing needed to change.
“I was trying to figure out who I was, and what I had to say at all,” mentioned Black of her elevation. “But I needed a shift to feel like I had control.”
That meant starting a YouTube channel, which, together with offering a house for her songs, featured behind-the-scenes snippets from the singer’s life. It presently boasts greater than 1.four million subscribers.
Black used her new platform to talk candidly in regards to the melancholy she had skilled because the age of 15.
“Therapy’s been a huge part of my mental-health experience,” the influencer advised The Post. “I’ve tried to use my platform as a place for people to not only feel less alone but feel like they could see what could happen on [the] other side.”
Black’s music advanced as effectively, going from milquetoast celebration tunes to songs “that were directly reflective of my life,” she mentioned.
The star’s upcoming tracks “Girlfriend” and “Personal” delve into her relationships with different ladies — a topic she first spoke openly about in 2020.
Despite her transformation, Black admits she owes all the things to “Friday.”
In February, the star celebrated her breakout hit’s 11th anniversary with a hyper-pop remix that includes rapper Big Freedia and different big stars.
“That was basically taking the knob of ‘Friday’ and cranking it to the extreme,” gushed Black of the reboot, whose video presently boasts greater than 2.5 million views.
Reflecting on her breakout hit, Black mentioned: “People have found a new way to communicate through the internet, and I think ‘Friday’ is kind of an important part of it.”