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Introduction

Here's the music and information behind the viral hit friday. It certainly isn't worse than the songs I grew up with like "Sugar Sugar", "Saturday Night" or "Disco Duck" or "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".

Contents



Friday
Written by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson as sung Rebecca Black
(Mp3 single) as interpreted by Biuku Canoe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0
 
Intro C Am F G  | C Am F G  
C                   
Seven A M | waking up in the morning
Am
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
F
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
                               (cereal)
G
Seein everything, the time is goin
C
Tickin on and on, everybodys rushin
                             (tickin on)
Am                            F
Gotta get down | to the bus | stop
F                   G
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends 
                              (see my friends)
 
C
Kickin in the front seat
Am 
Sittin in the back seat
F
Gotta make my mind up
   (gotta make my mind)
G
Which seat can I take?
           (ah ah ahhhhhhh)
 
(catcall whistle)
C
Its Friday, Friday
Am
Gotta get down on Friday
F                                 G
Everybodys lookin forward to the| weekend, weekend
C
Friday, Friday
Am
Gettin down on Friday
F                           G
Everybodys lookin forward | to the weekend
 
C
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Am
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
F
Fun, fun, fun, fun
G                           C                        
Lookin forward to the week| end
 
C
7:45, were drivin on the highway
Am 
Cruisin so fast, I want time to fly
F
Fun, fun, think about fun
G 
You know what it is
 
C
I got this, you got this
            (I got this)
Am 
My friend is by my right
F
I got this, you got this
G
Now you know it
 
C
Kickin in the front seat
Am  
Sittin in the back seat 
 echo  (Sitting in back seat)
F
Gotta make my mind up 
 Echo              Gotta make my mind..
      G
      Which seat can I take?
 Echo up            G up – C up – D up tell me 
 
[Chorus]
G     C
Its | Friday, Friday
Am 
Gotta get down on Friday
F                                G
Everybodys lookin forward to the weekend, weekend
C
Friday, Friday
Am 
Gettin down on Friday
F                           G
Everybodys lookin forward | to the weekend
                             (to the weekend)
 
C
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Am 
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
F
Fun, fun, fun, fun
G                            C
Lookin forward to the week | end
 

[Bridge]
C              Am
Thursday was Thursday, Thursday
F          G
Today i-is Friday, Friday 
      (party) 
C                Am
We-we-we so ex | cited
                  (party)
F
We so excited
     
G
We gonna have a ball today
 
C 
Tomorrow is Saturday
Am                       F
And Sunday comes after...wards
G
I don’t want this weekend to end
 
[Chorus]
G     C
Its | Friday, Friday
               (Friday)
Am 
Gotta get down on Friday
               (hey – ey)
F                                
Everybodys lookin forward to the
G
 weekend, weekend
 (hey ..    we gotta get down)
                                      
C
Friday, Friday
Am 
Gettin down on Friday
F                           G
Everybodys lookin forward | to the weekend
                               (Friday)
 
C
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Am 
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
F
Fun, fun, fun, fun
G                            C
Lookin forward to the week | end
                   (to the weekend)
 

G     C
Its | Friday, Friday
      
Am 
Gotta get down on Friday
  (Friday.. Friday)
 
F                                
Everybodys lookin forward to the
G
 weekend, weekend
 (ooh ooh)
 
G     C
Its | Friday, Friday
      
Am 
Getting down down on Friday
      (Friday..        Friday)
 
F                                
Everybodys lookin forward 
 G
 to the weekend, weekend
      (we’ll have a ball)
 
C
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Am 
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
F
Fun, fun, fun, fun
G                            C
Lookin forward to the week | end
 
 
On video:
 
[Rap Verse]
 
R-B, Rebecca Black
So chillin in the front seat (In the front seat)
In the back seat (In the back seat)
Im drivin, cruisin (Yeah, yeah)
Fast lanes, switchin lanes
Wit a car up on my side (Woo!)
(Cmon) Passin by is a school bus in front of me
Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream
Check my time, its Friday, its a weekend
We gonna have fun, cmon, cmon, yall
 
[Chorus]
 
Its Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybodys lookin forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin down on Friday
Everybodys lookin forward to the weekend
 
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin forward to the weekend
 
Its Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybodys lookin forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin down on Friday
Everybodys lookin forward to the weekend
 
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Partyin, partyin (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin forward to the weekend
 


Sunday (Rebecca Black Parody)
B
7am, waking up in the morning
Abm
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
E
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
F#
Seein everything, the time is goin
B
Tickin on and on, everybodys rushin
Abm
Gotta get down to the practice 
E                    F#
Gotta set up the band, I see my friends (My friends)
 
B
Sitting in the front pews
Abm
Sittin in the back pews
E
Gotta make my mind up
F#
Which seat can I take?
 
B
Its Sunday, Sunday
Abm
Gotta get down on Sunday
E                           F#
Everybodys lookin forward to the worship, praise today
B
Sunday, Sunday 
Abm
Gettin down on Sunday
E                           F#
Everybodys lookin forward to the worship
 
B
Praising, Praising (Yeah)
Abm
Praising, Praising (Yeah)
E
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Abm
Lookin forward to the worship
 
 
 
 
 


Friday (Rebecca Black song)

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"Friday"

Single by Rebecca Black

Released

March 14, 2011[1]

Format

Digital download

Genre

Teen pop, dance-pop, electropop

Length

3:30

Label

Ark Music Factory

Writer(s)

Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson

Producer

Ark Music Factory

Rebecca Black singles chronology

 

"Friday"
(2011)

"LOL"[2]
(2011)

Music video

"Friday" on YouTube

 

 

 

"Friday" is a song by American recording artist Rebecca Black, written and produced by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. It was released as a single on March 14, 2011 by Ark Music Factory as Black's debut single.[3]

The music video for the song became a viral hit due to criticism of the song's lyrics, the use of Auto-Tune on Black's vocals, and the content of the video. On March 11, 2011, the video's view count on YouTube was still about 4,000. As of April 15, 2011, the video had amassed over 102 million views, 2.1 million comments, and 2 million "dislikes".[4] Since the growth in popularity of the song and video, there have been numerous parody videos and remixes.[5][6] Forbes stated that the notoriety of the song is another sign of the power of social media – specifically Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, in this instance – in the ability to create "overnight sensations."[7][8] Despite the scathing reviews, pop music celebrities Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, and Simon Cowell have supported Black.

Contents

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·                     1 Background

·                     2 Composition

·                     3 Music video

·                     4 Reception

o                                        4.1 Criticism

o                                        4.2 Support

o                                        4.3 Response

o                                        4.4 Commercial performance

·                     5 Legal issues

·                     6 Cover versions

·                     7 Charts

·                     8 References

·                     9 External links

Background

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In late 2010, a client of Los Angeles record label Ark Music Factory told thirteen year-old classmate Black, who is from Anaheim Hills, California, about the company.[9][10] Black's mother, Georgina Kelly, paid Ark Music $4,000 for a song and accompanying video that included a choice of two pre-written songs. According to Kelly, the payment covered one half or less of the production costs of the music video, and Black's family could have paid nothing in exchange for giving up all rights to the song.[9][11] Black chose "Friday", as "the other song was about adult love – I haven't experienced that yet. I felt like it was my personality in that song."[12] Ark Music extensively used the pitch-correcting software Auto-Tune.[13] Although Kelly had some doubts over the quality of the lyrics, Black assured her that "I sang it as they wrote it, Mom."[10] "Friday" co-writer Patrice Wilson explained that "I wrote the lyrics on a Thursday night going into a Friday. I was writing different songs all night and was like, 'Wow, I've been up a long time and it's Friday.' And I was like, wow, it is Friday!"[14][15]

Composition

"Friday" (2011)

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A 22-second sample of "Friday" featuring the chorus where Black sings "Friday, friday, gettin' down on Friday".


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"Friday" uses the 50s progression, an I-vi-IV-V chord progressionthat hundreds of popular songs have used such as "Heart and Soul" and "Unchained Melody". According to Randy Lewis of Los Angeles Times, the familiar structure contributes to the song's catchiness, making it an "earworm".[16] In a review for Rolling Stone, writer Matthew Perpetua described the vocals as having "a peculiar tonality that inadvertently highlights the absurdity of boilerplate pop lyrics," adding that the tone in the refrain "sounds unlike anything else in pop music." He noted the sound as being not entirely agreeable to listen to, but states that Black ultimately ends up "sounding like a distinct singer with an alluring sort of anti-charisma."[8] The lyrics of the song speak about "hanging out with friends and having fun."[17] Paul Asay of Plugged In noted that lyrics reflect the happenings of a day like eating breakfast and going to school.[18] "She's excited 'cause it's Friday. Which means a weekend full of possibility awaits," he concluded.[18]

Music video

The concept for the music video is based on the lyrics and presented as a typical Friday for Black.[19] She wakes up and goes to school, meeting her friends on the way. In the evening, after debating whether to sit in the front or back of a convertible, Black and her friends (Benni Cinkle[20] and another girl) ride the car to a party.[21] Wilson appears near the end of the song to deliver a short rap.[22]

The video was shot in January 2011 at Black's father's house with friends and family as extras, and requiring multiple takes over 12 hours. Ark Music, according to Black's parents, cautioned them and her that they should not expect her to become famous. Black hoped that her friends and family would enjoy watching the video on YouTube and that it would perhaps help her to later begin a singing career. The video was posted on February 10, 2011 and received 4,000 views, enough to please Black,[9] before comedian Michael J. Nelson's Twitter account and a Tosh.0 blog post, "Songwriting Isn’t for Everyone", drew attention to it on March 11, 2011, turning the video into a viral hit.[23]

Reception

Criticism

People didn't like the song, didn't like the music video, they thought it was really cheesy. But that was the whole point, to create something that was really simple but something that sticks in people's head. To have people say 'I hate this song, but I'm still singing it.'

—Wilson on "Friday"[14]

The song has received almost universally negative reviews. Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo! Music asked if it could be "the worst song ever."[24] On March 29, 2011, it surpassed Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the most disliked YouTube video, with 1.19 million negative votes.[25][26] The co-writer and producer of "Friday", Clarence Jey said about the song that "the concept we feel seems to have crossed a lot of boundaries, for the better or worse."[10] Observers have called it "bizarre," "inept," and "hilariously dreadful."[27][28][29] The song and singer were "savaged" on social networks across the Internet,[30] while being seen as a "YouTube laughing stock."[6]

Kevin Rutherford, a columnist for Billboard magazine, wrote, "Black's video for 'Friday' is one of those rare occurrences where even the most seasoned critics of Internet culture don't know where to begin. From the singing straight out of Auto-Tuned hell to lyrics such as 'Tomorrow is Saturday / And Sunday comes afterwards / I don't want this weekend to end' and a hilariously bad rap about passing school buses, 'Friday' is something that simply must be seen and heard to be fully appreciated."[31] Many other reviewers also singled out the lyrics in particular for criticism,[32][33] which were described as "overly simple and repetitive" by TNT Magazine.[34] Jim Edwards of BNET and Doug Gross of CNN both noted that the rap break from the considerably older rapper was "creepy."[35][36] Time ranked it number two on a list of "Top 10 Songs with Silly Lyrics."[37][38]

Support

Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews, some reviewers had positive things to say about the song and video.Entertainment Weekly writer Joseph Lynch noted that there was "something sickeningly catchy about this tune that keeps you coming back for more."[28] Rolling Stone's Perpetua stated, "When you see this video, you immediately notice everything that it does 'wrong', but it actually gets a lot of things about pop music right, if just by accident."[8] OK! Magazine also noted that "some are calling the 13-year-old signed singer the next Justin Bieber."[39] After watching the video, singer Chris Brown said: "Honest opinion? It was great. I'll be jammin' to it on Friday, Friday."[40][41] Fellow teenage singer Miley Cyrus denied that she had criticized Black, saying "I am a fan" and that she sang "Friday" while driving.[42]Other fellow musicians that offered support were, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, and Lil' Wayne.[42]

Simon Cowell praised Black and said, "I love her [and] the fact that she's gotten so much publicity. People are so upset about the song, but I think it's hysterical. [...] Anyone who can create this much controversy within a week, I want to meet. I love people like that."[43] He observed that "any song to do with the weekend annoys you. It reminds me of 'Saturday Night'... It's what we call a 'hair-dryer song,' a song girls sing into their hair dryers as they're getting ready to go out. But the fact that it's making people so angry is brilliant."[44] Cowell advised Black not to "listen to anyone over the age of 18. I'm being deadly serious. Whatever she's done has worked. Whether you like her or not, she's the most talked-about artist in America right now. Nobody over the age of 18 should understand her or like her. So she should just do it her way."[45]

Response

After reading the harsh reviews of "Friday", Black said that "those hurtful comments really shocked me." Ark Music offered to take the video down from YouTube, but Black refused the offer, saying that she did not wish "to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad I gave up."[46] Black's father has accompanied her in public to guard against potential accosters.[11]

In response to criticism over the song's significant use of Auto-Tune, Black performed an acoustic version during an interview with ABC News.[47] Later in the interview Black's mother, Kelly, stated that she was "angry and upset" after Black was brought to tears by comments, such as "I hope you go cut [yourself] and die" and "'I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you'll get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty."[48][49] Black said, however, that she soon was able to ignore such comments,[50] and asked Justin Bieber, her idol, to perform a duet with her.[51] Although Bieber has not released an official announcement regarding the offer, he posted on Twitter "sunday comes after saturday? weird."[52] Bieber later sang part of the chorus at one of his concerts.[11]

Rolling Stone's Perpetua again praised Black after the interview and said, "She is actually a pretty decent singer. [...] She is a total sweetheart. [...] Black comes off as a well-adjusted, happy and grateful kid."[53] He also pointed out Black's intention to donate part of the profits from the song to school arts programs and relief efforts in Japan following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[53]

Black's song had attracted such a great deal of attention shortly after it was released, that it ran alongside two major headlines; the Japan Earthquake and the Charlie Sheen meltdown.

Commercial performance

By March 21, 2011, the "Friday" music video had been viewed more than 30 million times on YouTube.[54] Forbesestimated that as of that date, Black and Ark Music had received $20,000 from YouTube's revenue-sharing program,[55]and Billboard estimated iTunes sales of approximately 43,000 copies, roughly equivalent to $26,700 in royalties.[56]"Friday" debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 33 on March 21, 2011.[57] The song entered the BillboardHot 100 at number 72 and rose to 58 the next week.[58] It has sold 87,000 copies over the two weeks.[58]

"Friday" received its first UK radio airplay on March 15 on Nerve Radio.[59] The song has also received airplay in Sweden.[60] In the United States, it was played 12 times from March 16 to March 22, considered low for a Hot 100song.[61] One main reason of the low airplay in the US is because radio stations are trying to avoid consumer backlash due to the song's near overwhelmingly negative reviews.[62]

Despite the song's strong performance, Georgina Kelly has claimed that her daughter has not received any money from the song's sales, saying "We haven't received a dime from anywhere."[14] As of April 9, 2011, the video has received over 90 million views, and is "the most 'disliked' YouTube video of all time".[63]

Legal issues

The ownership of "Friday" is unclear. In a March 29, 2011 letter from Kelly's lawyer to Ark Music, she alleged that Ark Music failed to fulfill the terms of their November 2010 agreement by not giving her the song and video's master recordings; falsely claimed Black as an exclusively signed to the label; and exploited the song without permission by, for example, selling a "Friday" ringtone. While Wilson stated that Kelly "will get the masters and the song. They can have it all" and agreed that Black was not exclusive to Ark, his attorney claimed that Ark owns the copyright for the song and the November agreement is invalid.[64]

Cover versions

On April 1, 2011, "Friday" was performed by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Hicks and The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The New York Knicks City Dancers joined in.[65][66] Many more parodies, remixes and cover versions can be found on YouTube.

Charts

Chart (2011)↓

Peak
position↓

Australian ARIA Digital Track Chart[67]

40

Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[68]

61

Ireland (IRMA)[69]

46

New Zealand (RIANZ)[57]

33

UK (The Official Charts Company)[70]

60

UK Indie (The Official Charts Company)[71]

6

US Billboard Hot 100[58]

58

 


Sillier Parodies

Asian American Dad

Original

Steven Colbert with Roots
5M: SimplySpoons

2.5M Sunday Worshipping YEAH!
1M: Rebecca Black - Friday Parody ( Tuesday )

200k: HappySlip

150K: 8-bit nintendo

TI-99. Voice better than Rebecca Black


Press

Who the Hell Made Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ Video? March 11, 2011 The answer is Ark Music Factory, a Los Angeles-based company operating as an industry hybrid of Maurice Starr and John Bennett Ramsey. Their casting calls are perfect bait for starry-eyed parents: “If you are a great singer without any material and you want to get discovered,” one reads, “then Ark Music Factory is looking for you.”

The formula is simple: They’ll fly your child between the specified ages of 13-17 to Los Angeles, write her a “hit,” record it in super-compressed Autotuned production, shoot an edge detection-overlay video and BAM! Maybe your kid can notch up a couple thousand YouTube views while you watch your dreams of being a pop-star parent percolate. Ark Music Factory was launched last month by Patrice Wilson and Clarence Jey

LISTEN FOR WOLF WHISTLE INTRO: (http://www.votefortheworst.com) GoodnightIrene Posted: 3/18/2011 at 9:10 PM One of the (many) FUN FUN FUN FUN things about the video is that you can find new things to laugh at every time you watch it. My new WTF moment (I noticed it before but never paid attention to it) is the random "wolf whistle" thrown into the intro when she gets to Wednesday.

Rebecca Black's mom sets the record straight on Leno lip-sync rumors By PETER LARSEN March 28, 2011

Rebecca Black's Not To Blame: Meet The Man Who Wrote “Friday” Posted Wed Mar 30, 2011 Patrice Wilson, the founder of Ark Music Factory and seemingly random rapper in Rebecca's video, is taking responsibility for this dubious phenomenon. Born in Africa to a chemical-engineer father and minister mother, Wilson grew up singing in his mom's church. After attending medical school in Europe and even training in track-and-field events for the 2000 Olympics, he decided to pursue music instead

Why Rebecca Black Might Be Around Longer Than Other Viral Stars By Kevin Allocca 12:11 PM | Youtube Trends | Apr 8, 2011