You may or may not have heard about the viral music phenomenon that is Rebecca Black and her single “Friday.” As underground sensations go, Rebecca Black makes YouTube-discovered Justin Bieber look like Fugazi. In short: her mom paid a company called Ark Music Factory $2,000 to write Rebecca a song. They wrote “Friday,” and a horribly literal video was produced. The video/song became a hit after it was posted on a blog that made fun of the tune. “Friday” became a viral hit because it’s so awful, but presumably teens around the world are now buying the single because they believe it to be quality music. There’s something poetic/ironic/hilarious about the fact that Rebecca Black’s busy week of breaking through occurred while thousands of musicians were trying to get attention at the SXSW Music Festival. Rolling Stone takes a very brief look at what Rebecca Black and her family might gain from the song’s Internet success (thus far), as well as a look at some of the “Friday” parodies.
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