don’t let it change you

Digitalspy: – “…Black released her follow-up single, My Moment, this week. The song addresses some of the negativity the teenager has received over the past months but insists that she will continue to follow her dreams anyway. Speaking on CBS’s Early Show, the singer said: “My mom has been the best supporter through all of this. She’s always been supportive of me ever since I was a little 2-year-old at dance recitals. “It’s hard because you have to deal with bullying being a teen anyways and now to have the world… That’s not normal. “Luckily the haters don’t have to watch ‘Friday’ or ‘My Moment’. They can turn it off if they want. They don’t have to hate. It doesn’t bother me anymore.” Black also had a message for her fans, saying: “I think the best advice I could ever give anybody is to not let [criticism] get to you. It’s OK to be sad about it for a little but but don’t let it change you permanently…” (Rebecca Black: ‘Haters don’t have to listen to my music’)

The Daily Beast: – “…And Black, 13, certainly never anticipated the social media uproar, mainstream media hellfire, parodies, and remixes that greeted “Friday” as the video became nearly ubiquitous across Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Time.com called the song–which provides a primer on the days of the week, innocently celebrates partying, and ponders the merits of “kickin’ it” in a car’s front versus the back seat from a wholesome teen girl P.O.V.–“a whole new level of bad” and “a train wreck.” Slate proclaimed “Friday” “disastrous” while Yahoo asked straight up, “Is YouTube sensation Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ the worst song ever?” “Those hurtful comments really shocked me,” Black said yesterday in her first interview since the song came to dominate a certain quadrant of popular culture and crack the iTunes Top 100 singles chart this week, besting the likes of Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber. “At times, it feels like I’m being cyberbullied.” Black’s odyssey from suburban anonymity to punchline on a blog for the Comedy Central Web-parody show Tosh.O to budding, against-all-odds pop star began inauspiciously enough. She performed musical theater and sang as part of the patriotic ensemble Celebration USA. Talent shows and vocal lessons, all the normal stuff. Until, as Black’s mother Georgina Kelly explained, a classmate fatefully told her about a Los Angeles-based vanity record label called Ark Music Factory where she could gain real-world experience in her chosen profession…” (Rebecca Black: ‘I’m Being Cyberbullied’)

Rebecca Black (born June 21, 1997) is an American pop singer who gained extensive media attention with her 2011 single “Friday”. Her mother paid $4,000 to have the single and an accompanying music video put out as a vanity release through the record label ARK Music Factory. The song was co-written and produced by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson of ARK Music Factory. After the video went viral on YouTube and other social media sites, “Friday” was derided by many music critics and viewers, who dubbed it “the worst song ever.” The music video has more than 160 million views, causing Black to gain international attention as a “viral star”, before being removed from the site on June 16 (Wikipedia).

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