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canada goose outlet montreal Back in 2010, a canada goose outlet canada 13 year old aspiring popstar was given the chance to make a music video of her very own. Her parents paid ARK Music Company $4,000 for their daughter to record her own single, and the result was uploaded to YouTube in February 2011. canada goose outlet montreal

That song was Friday, and canada goose outlet shop that aspiring popstar was Rebecca Black.

canada goose outlet orlando The song was an inoffensive autotuned ditty about the joys of the weekend, with lyrics like ‘It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday’ and ‘kicking in the canada goose outlet sale front seat, sitting in the back seat, gotta make my mind up, which seat can I take?’ and it stuck in our heads til well, it’s still stuck now. canada goose outlet orlando

Seven years on, Friday has 121 million views on YouTube, and Rebecca is 20 years old. And although she has recorded new music and appeared on singing competition The Four, Friday is still something that defines her. There were moments when it was really bad and raw and intense, and I thought “I will never be able to live this down, never ever ever”. I didn’t regret it, but I just couldn’t understand why it was so bad. The internet canada goose outlet nyc was completely different and canada goose outlet in usa new then. So now, not just because canada goose outlet uk sale of The Four and the great response I’ve had, but I know that I don’t regret it now.’

She may not regret it now, but the release of Friday didn’t just see Rebecca receive a few taunts about her musical ability. The wave of abuse the teenager received started with people calling Friday the worst song ever, and at its worst, culminated in death threats that were canada goose outlet black friday investigated by the police.

Rebecca said: ‘It was really scary for [my family]. Even though my parents don’t come from this world, they know that this industry can be scary and harsh, even without my specific situation. They were definitely scared of putting me out there. I wasn’t fully aware of the death threats that came in at the time, because I was so young.

canada goose outlet germany ‘I think there were moments when they questioned themselves, whether it was right letting their daughter do what she loved, and how they could help me recover in the best way afterwards while protecting me. I can’t speak for them, but it was very intense.’ canada goose outlet germany

‘There were a couple of years where people immediately saw an opportunity to capitalise on Friday. I kind of got stuck in this very unfruitful pattern, but none of it was authentic or real. None of these people went “this girl is an artist and I believe in her, I want to hear what she has to say”, it was “how do we make her the next thing”. That combined with all the stuff that happened with Friday made me very frustrated.

‘Then, when I was 16, I just needed to breathe, and I went back to regular high school which was a challenge within itself. It was one thing being the new girl, then being the new girl who had this crazy experience it was scary. Even if you’re just going into high school with nothing else, it can be really challenging. But it was tough. It wasn’t all bad, I don’t want to say I had this horrible, horrible experience all the time, but there were some pretty brutal things. People would throw food at my locker, or pour milk down my locker. Some people just had no concept of me being a real person, and they would ask me the most invasive questions, and if I didn’t answer I was rude. It was a difficult experience that I definitely learned a lot canada goose outlet toronto factory from.’

canada goose womens outlet It would be understandable after all of this abuse, bullying and stress if Rebecca chose to abandon her dream of music entirely. But this week, she popped up on the second series of The Four, auditioning with a sultry version of NSync’s Bye Bye Bye and canada goose outlet uk making judge Meghan Trainor fangirl. canada goose womens outlet

Rebecca told us: ‘I had no idea what to expect. There was so much preparation behind going onto the show. I ultimately decided to take a risk and do it for me and do it for that 13 year old girl who felt her life would never be the same. There came a moment where I decided for myself, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, as long as I am just myself. Just be the Rebecca canada goose outlet jackets you know you are, no trying to be someone to canada goose outlet new york city please canada goose outlet online someone else, then there’s nothing to be upset about. If someone doesn’t like you oh well.

canada goose outlet black friday sale ‘I think there was a part of me that thought “if I can make it through Friday, whatever happens, I can get through it and bounce back”. When I’ve chosen not to take a risk, that’s when I regret it.’ canada goose outlet black friday sale

buy canada goose uk Although Rebecca lost out in the challenge round against Stereo Kicks star James Graham, she saw her The Four appearance as redemption (despite the fact she’s only 20) and is concentrating on her new music after releasing her first EP RE/BL last year. buy canada goose uk

canada goose outlet vip ‘This is going to sound so cliche, but it’s been such a journey. I had such an unusual start, it happened so much quicker than I expected it to. Friday was supposed to be, like, my first delve into any canada goose outlet parka sort of experience, and then of course, it blew up. So I kind of had to work backwards from there. I went through a lot of different phases of thinking, do I go as far away as I can, there were so many conversations over the years. canada goose outlet vip

canada goose outlet store near me ‘But with Satellite [her new single], and my EP RE/BL last year, they just kind of went where they did naturally. The more I could peel back what I really loved as a music lover and what I could connect with, the sound feels so true to me. The more that I tried to consciously make something different, the canada goose outlet store less it worked. So I just went with what I loved, and trusted it, and that’s what I felt was best for me.’ canada goose outlet store near me

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canada goose outlet online uk Rebecca is a confident, friendly and articulate official canada goose canada goose outlet outlet young woman, who clearly has the drive and talent to make it in the music industry. But she is also wary about how the industry can chew you up and spit you out and has some cautionary words for viral YouTube kids, like the Yodelling Boy and Bhad Bhabie, as they rack up views. canada goose outlet online uk

canada goose outlet woodbury ‘It’s changing so rapidly that every experience is different from the last one, so it’s hard to give generalised advice. But I have noticed that a lot of this happens to kids. And I can speak for that because I was 13. I think the advice is not only to them, but to the family and friends around them and whoever works with them remember that they are a child and they have so much to learn and grow from. A lot of times when we’re kids, we say so many things we don’t quite understand. I kind of hope as the world evolves that people have a little more understanding that these poor kids are just trying to find their way like anybody else. I knew I loved music, and I just wanted a shot. And it’s rough for the world to demonise a child for just trying to figure it all out.’ canada goose outlet woodbury

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