Rebecca Black and Friday entered our lives just one year ago today. (PHOTO: Screen Capture / YouTube / RB Records).
What a difference a year of Fridays makes.
One year ago today, Rebecca Black's music video for Friday was officially uploaded to YouTube. It received a handful of views, didn't really make a splash and didn't set Twitter on fire.
It wasn't until one month later, on Mar. 11, that The Daily What received a link to the video, followed by a pick-up from comedian Daniel Tosh's blog, Tosh.0, followed by a slew pickups from other viral video/pop culture sites.
190 million views (according to a Buzzfeed report) and one year later, Friday has transformed the way some of us greet the end of the work week (Partyin' Partyin' yeah ; fun, fun, fun, fun), and has held strong as one of the most talked about videos to hit the Internet.
In December, YouTube reported that Friday was crowned the most-watched video of 2011, thanks to some 167 million views of the original upload (it was removed in June 2011 for several reasons), and more than 12 million of the September re-upload.
And it's still going. As of today, Feb. 10, 2012, the video has been watched by an additional 10 million viewers on YouTube.
One year later, the 14-year-old Black is still an aspiring singer, working under her own indie label, RB Records (after a fallout with Ark Music Factory, the company that manufactured and produced Friday).
She has released two additional singles, appeared on numerous award shows and red carpets, and has expressed interest to appear in vampire movies.
Here's more on Rebecca Black and Friday, one year later.
Follow Friday Apparently one music video and a whole lot of buzz (good and band) can do wonders for your followers and friends in social networks. One year after the release of Friday, Black has more than 600,000 followers on Twitter and more than 113,000 friends/likes on Facebook.
She had a brief friendship with Katy Perry Last summer, Black received one of the coolest invitations of her young career: a spot in Katy Perry's music video, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.). The pairing didn't stop there. In August, Black got another invitation from Perry; this time to appear on stage at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The two performed a rendition of Friday, complete with fist pumps, hand waves and plenty of compliments from Perry.
This was our moment . . . damnit, I love the internet! Perry said on stage at the time.
She's out of school but still learning Black quit school last summer after being on the receiving end of bullying.
When I walk by, they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice . . . or you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey Rebecca, guess what day it is?' she told Nightline in August.
Friday has been irreplaceable. Since her viral hit, Black has released two more singles under her label RB Records - My Moment and Person of Interest. But both have failed to come anywhere near the success of Friday.
She sells phones In September, Black was flown to Australia to be one of several faces for Tesltra's new 4G LTE service. As part of a campaign called The Fun Has Just Begun, Black delivered a free performance in Sydney, in what was perhaps the first major endorsement deal of her career.
She attends movie premieres Forget Katy Perry, Black has movie stars to mingle with. The 14-year-old has been on the guest list for some red hot red carpet events. Her most recent appearance was Monday's Los Angeles premiere of The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.
Friday will forever stay in our lives, especially when Friday rolls around. Seriously, try getting the song out of your head.
Happy Friday everyone!