r/todayilearned Jun 29 '22

TIL that Rebecca Black, the creator of the infamous 2011 song Friday, not only still makes videos but has also drastically changed her style and presentation, such as dressing differently and switching to the genre hyperpop. (R.2) Editorializing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Black

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u/Sigurlion Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

I will admit that I heard a song randomly on Spotify one day and added it to a playlist, listened to it a few times. Didn't know the artist (MØ?). Couple weeks go by and I play it for my wife, and she's digging it. I look up the song and no shit, Rebecca Black is the vocalist on it. Go figure.

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's right in the wheelhouse of music my wife likes, and some of her taste has spilled over to me during the past ten years.

Anyways, that's my Rebecca Black story.

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u/WUMW Jun 29 '22

She's incredibly popular on tiktok and seems to have really found her stride. With how terrible she was treated a 15 freaking years old, it literally could not have happened to a better person.

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

I really like this! Thanks for sharing, it's great

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u/clayphish Jun 29 '22

It’s like Tegan and Sara on crack.. lmao!

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u/Special_Influence404 Jun 29 '22

That poor girl went through hell over that song. I'm glad she's doing well and successful.

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u/bitemytail Jun 29 '22

What the hell is Hyperpop?

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u/CurseYourSudden Jun 29 '22

It's the musical equivalent of writing a novel set in your home town which veers wildly between scathing and charming; where everything you suspected about the adults as a child is not only true, but in fact the tip of an iceberg that strains the suspension of disbelief but doesn't quite dip into fantasy; and everyone's clothes are colorful, and every food is gourmet or garbage, and nothing is bland or vague or neutral, but absolutely, even violently, aware of what it is and what it stands for and was birthed on the hill it intends to die on. Except your home town is Taylor Swift's Red.

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u/GottaPSoBad Jun 29 '22

Fuck the haters. I was never a huge fan of her myself, but I always found the way she was treated (and still is, apparently) pretty awful.

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u/AudibleNod 313 Jun 29 '22

True.

It's fine if you don't like her music. And it's fine if you find how she got her fame sketchy. But she was just a young girl trying to do something she loves. It's not like she she ran over some puppies. But that's 21st century social media for you.

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u/Sardine_Sandwich Jun 29 '22

You are spot on, I'm happy for her for sticking to her dream and not quitting over the negative things she had to go through starting out.

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u/FieldMarshalMathers Jun 29 '22

I unironically enjoyed Friday and would play it almost every Friday morning before work.

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u/Ok_Experience_8581 Jun 29 '22

My friends and I always used to drink to it on the weekends in High School!

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u/ryschwith Jun 29 '22

Hyperpop reflects an exaggerated, eclectic, and self-referential approach to pop music and typically employs elements such as brash synth melodies, Auto-Tuned "earworm" vocals, and excessive compression and distortion, as well as surrealist or nostalgic references to 2000s Internet culture and the Web 2.0 era. Common features include vocals that are heavily processed; metallic, melodic percussion sounds; pitch-shifted synths; catchy choruses; short song lengths; and "shiny, cutesy aesthetics" juxtaposed with angst-ridden lyrics. The Wall Street Journal's Mark Richardson described the genre as intensifying the "artificial" tropes of popular music, resulting in "a cartoonish wall of noise that embraces catchy tunes and memorable hooks. The music zooms between beauty and ugliness, as shimmery melodies collide with mangled instrumentation." Writing for American Songwriter, Joe Vitagliano described it as "an exciting, bombastic and iconoclastic genre — if it can even be called a 'genre'—[...] featuring "saw synths, auto-tuned vocals, glitch-inspired percussion and a distinctive late-capitalism-dystopia vibe." Artists often "straddle the avant-garde and the pop charts simultaneously."

Well, now I need to fire up Spotify and find out how much I hate this.

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u/dr69ons6mur6i Jun 29 '22

WTF is Web 2.0?

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u/ryschwith Jun 29 '22

It was a term used to describe the Web evolving into a more conversational mode. Instead of just one person publishing a thing for others to read, you could have comments and reactions and stuff. All pretty pedestrian now, in the age of social media, but at the time it was something different.

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u/FiniteRhino Jun 29 '22

It’s where you can watch the bootleg version of Sex 2.

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u/eyes_without_lids Jun 29 '22

Web 1.0 was scientists and governments sharing research and communication

Web 2.0 was mass adoption of the internet by the public these were the wild west days ya know super edgy, amateur content creation, MySpace, AOL, MSN 4 chan, viral videos

Web 3.0 full integration of the internet into every day life ya know like nfts, crypto, IOT, a branded form of the meta verse, professional content creators, smart phones, smart houses ,social media

My explanation isn't great but it'll give you an idea of the evolution of the world wide web

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u/Famous-Side5578 Jun 29 '22

are you being serious?

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u/dr69ons6mur6i Jun 29 '22

What makes you think that I’m not?

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u/Famous-Side5578 Jun 29 '22

well because it’s a pretty common term, specifically in the world we live in nowadays. i just assumed you were being sarcastic. as we’re now transitioning into Web 3.0

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u/dr69ons6mur6i Jun 29 '22

This is literally the first time I’ve ever heard the term Web 2.0 or 3.0.

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u/Famous-Side5578 Jun 29 '22

oh, yeah it’s pretty basic stuff honestly. Web1.0 was essentially the read-only days- no real navigating (think a static page) and interacting. Web2.0 brought along user interaction and content creation took off (think end user being able to make their own websites, etc) and now Web3.0 is each user reading, writing, and sharing how the web is used (think block chain, ubiquitousness)

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u/danielcw189 Jun 29 '22

Web2.0 brought along user interaction and content creation took off

I think interaction and content creation were already a thing before the term became popular.

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u/Famous-Side5578 Jun 29 '22

from an end user standpoint? not in web1.0. web2.0 literally ushered in interoperability, aka participation, aka “interaction and content creation” such as social media, podcasting, networking, voting, tagging, etc. there weren’t interactive, hyperlink, or anything prior to that. it was essentially a place to display information and directories.

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u/danielcw189 Jul 01 '22

I think the term web 2.0 became popular by the time some social media forms like Facebook were already a think, and interoperabilty between webservices was thought to be a big thing. So in the early 2000s.

When do you think web 2.0 started?

We had podcasts (not under that name) , message boards and newsgroups, votes and interactive websites in the 90s. And I don't even dare to guess how old hyperlinks are. They are such a basic feature.

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u/bowlofjello Jun 29 '22

TYL people grow and change between 13 and 25?

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

I was trying to make a throwback of "hey look at this cool thing". No need to be a dick.

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u/Dylldough Jun 29 '22

She didn't change style very much

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u/karshyga Jun 29 '22

If you haven't seen her in Dorian Electra's video for Edgelord, you should definitely check it out.

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u/Skurwysyn Jun 29 '22

She also eats pussy, she’s ok in my book.

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u/Tylerjamiz Jun 29 '22

Good if she is changing. Friday is one of worst songs I’ve ever heard in my life

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u/South_Data2898 Jun 29 '22

WTF is hyperpop?

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u/youre_just_wonderful Jun 29 '22

"Infamous" how so????

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

Bruh you haven't seen the hate?

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u/lilbitspecial Jun 29 '22

Nope.

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

It's one of THE most hated songs EVER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0

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u/youngmanonacid Jun 29 '22

It wasn’t hated because it was a garbage song, it was hated because it was a garbage song with a terrible music video that obviously cost a decent chunk of change to make. The people hated, and still do, young talentless hacks who get pushed through by their rich mommy and daddy, and rightfully so. While some truly talented people have to work for a living, she’s out there making mediocre music on her parent’s dime. Fuck Rebecca Black and her Ilk, mediocrity is her fate.

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u/VADave83 Jun 29 '22

Do you need a hug, fren? You seem angry.

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u/Anal-Mustard Jun 29 '22

Angry he may be, wrong he is not

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u/eyes_without_lids Jun 29 '22

Indeed that's exactly why people hated her she's the personification of privileged rich kid that uses there money to out shine talented people

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u/VADave83 Jun 29 '22

I get that her music isn't great, or even good by most people's taste, but she's making a living doing what she wants to do and I have some respect for that. I really don't get why anyone would be angry at that. It comes across as jealousy to me. She isn't hurting anyone, so I don't get the "fuck her" attitude.

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u/squigs Jun 29 '22

She wasn't trying to be a megastar! Yes, she had indulgent, rich parents, but she just thought it would be fun to make a music video.

She then went viral. No idea why. Everyone agrees it's a crappy song, but a teenage girl doesn't deserve the hate she got because a bunch of idiots on the internet made it a meme.

If you want it target for your hate, go for those who made it popular.

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u/youre_just_wonderful Jun 29 '22

No....."bruh"

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

It's one of THE most hated songs EVER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0

It's literally one of the most disliked videos on youtube

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u/youre_just_wonderful Jun 29 '22

I'm too old for this shit...... your pop culture obviously goes over my head

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u/Reveillark139 Jun 29 '22

Then get the fk out of the thread lol what kind of comment is this

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

Bruh it's interesting, is it not?

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u/MonstahButtonz Jun 29 '22

I'd rather put crickets in my ears.

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

I mean sure but cmon it's more interesting than not

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u/MonstahButtonz Jun 29 '22

If you aren't a fan of music, sure.

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u/danielcw189 Jun 29 '22

Wouldn't a fan at least be curious to check it out?

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u/MonstahButtonz Jun 29 '22

I'm a fan of music. She's already confirmed being incapable of producing anything palpable years ago.

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u/danielcw189 Jun 29 '22

A part of this TIL is, that she has changed. You wrote "years ago". She could have improved by a lot since then.

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u/MonstahButtonz Jun 29 '22

I just checked, and turns out she's still God awful. As bad? No. But even remotely tolerable? Not in the least.

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u/danielcw189 Jun 29 '22

I just checked

great :)

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u/n3rdopolis Jun 29 '22

Your loss then

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u/MonstahButtonz Jun 29 '22

So then you're suggesting that listening to Rebecca Black is a win...

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u/firesiege Jun 29 '22

I think creator isn't really accurate. Didn't some significantly older dude write the song?

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u/rekniht01 Jun 29 '22

Like almost every pop star?

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u/KikiFlowers Jun 29 '22

Yeah, her original music was written by someone else, she was part of a company where parents would pay $2-4k for Ark Music Factory producers to turn their kids into pop stars.

It was just a thing rich parents did for their kids to make them happy, none of these songs made the kids into pop stars, Rebecca Black got semi-popular for a minute, that's about it

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

Uh oh. I don't want this to get taken down because of that D:

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u/hansislegend Jun 29 '22

Her new music is pretty good and she’s a good IG follow. Just out there living life, thriving.

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u/Jefflehem Jun 29 '22

Wait, what was her original genre??

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u/bearbarebere Jun 29 '22

Pop. If you listen to Friday/My Moment/Person of Interest, and then you listen to and watch the video for Friday's hyperpop remix and the video for some of her newer stuff where her change in dress is... kinda surprising, you'll know what I mean if you look

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u/Jefflehem Jun 29 '22

Ok, I guess I just didn't know hyperpop was different from pop or also even a real thing.

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u/frank00SF Jun 29 '22

I saw her on that cake show on Netflix as a judge. I believe she had face piercings and was wearing a colorful tight dress.