Rebecca Black, the 13-year-old who has received over 12 million YouTube views for her music video "Friday," is beating out many pop stars in the iTunes US chart despite her work being dubbed "the worst music video ever" by critics.
The video became an internet sensation after Comedy Central's Tosh.o blog lampooned it under the headline, "Songwriting Isn't For Everyone" and popular Tumblr blog The Daily What made it the "Where Is Your God Now of the Day."
By the end of the weekend, there had been over 2 million views and numerous parodies of the viral video, including a fake Bob Dylan cover. At press time, the song was number 54 on the iTunes charts, ahead of Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Ke$ha.
But most of the feedback for the video involved questions like why are 13 year olds driving? Or why are they being followed by an adult rapper? Or is this a joke? Time magazine called the song "a whole new level of bad" and Gawker.com called it the "worst music video ever."
In the lyrics, Black starts out by detailing her morning routine before singing the layout of the days of the week, "Tomorrow is Saturday/ And Sunday comes afterwards."
The song was produced by an independent Los Angeles-based company called Ark Music Factory. People magazine reports that for a fee, the company will produce a pop song and video for teenage girls who "want to get discovered."
Andrea Canning, who interviewed troubled Charlie Sheen earlier this month following his series of on-air rants that preceded his firing from "Two and a Half Men," is set to interview Black for "Good Morning America." The segment will air on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 a.m. ET.
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