Rebecca Renee Black is an American YouTuber and singer who gained extensive media coverage when the music video for her 2011 single “Friday” went viral on YouTube and other social media sites.
Rebecca Black Profile Summary
Rebecca Renee Black
June 21, 1997
Place of Birth
Irvine, Califonia, U.S
You Tuber, Singer
John Jeffrey Black(Father), Georgina Marquez Kelly(Mother)
Rebecca Black Biography
Rebecca was born on June 21, 1997, in Irvine, California, to John Jeffery Black and Georgina Marquez Kelly, both veterinarians. Her mother is of Mexican descent, and her father, originally from Iowa, is of English, Italian, and Polish descent.
Rebecca attended private school from kindergarten to grade 6, and she later went to a public school due to bullying. She joined the school’s musical theater program, where she felt she was “meant to be”. In April 2011, Rebecca dropped out of school in favor of homeschooling, citing both a need to focus on her career and a desire to avoid taunts from her former classmates and she has claimed that she was also failing English class due to her busy schedule. On April 3, 2020, Black came out as queen during an episode of the Dating Straight podcast.
Rebecca Black Career
Rebecca’s big break came when her mother paid $4,000 for a music video starring her daughter to be produced by vanity recording house ARK Music Factory. Rebecca and her family first learned about the music company through one of her classmates, who was also an ARK client. The $4,000 that Rebecca’s mother paid the company covered not just the music video that would end up going viral (as well as the original song “Friday”), it also gave them full ownership of both the video and the master.
After the song “Friday” was uploaded on February 10, 2011, to YouTube, it received about 1,000 views during its first month of streaming. However, on March 11, 2011, it began to go viral, and within few days, it accumulated millions of views. The song went on to become one of the most hated songs ever after it was seen by millions of people on YouTube and it also became one of the most discussed topics on the social networking site Twitter. Most of the media coverage and online discussion of her and the video were negative and mocking. Her infamy might have been worth it though. After being released as a digital single on March 14, 2011, it racked up sales of around 40,000 during its first week. Then, on March 22, 2011, Rebecca was invited to perform the song on television as a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and on the show, she discussed the negative reaction to the song.
People did not only react negatively to Rebecca’s song, but they also sent phone and email death threats that had to be investigated by the Anaheim Police Department but it all ended up working out for her. Thanks to the increased fame and exposure, Rebecca was able to land a contract with DB Entertainment, headed by manager Debra Baum. By the end of 2011, the “Friday” music video on YouTube had received more than 167 million views (it had also garnered over 3 million “dislikes”).
Following a legal battle with ARK Music Factory over the rights to “Friday”, Black started her own independent record label, RB Records. Her first release on her new label was the single “My Moment” (July 2011), which she self-produced. She followed this up with the single “Person of Interest”, in November 2011. In 2012, she released two singles, “Sing It” and “In Your Words”, and that same year she signed with the Maker Studios YouTube network. In 2013, she teamed up with Dave Days to release “Saturday”, the sequel to “Friday”. “Saturday” was an unexpected hit, and actually charted on the Billboard Hot 100; it peaked at No. 55. She has continued to release music, including an EP titled “RE/BL” in 2017.
In addition to her music, Black also posts videos regularly on her YouTube channel. Her videos cover everything from Q&A videos and music covers to vlogs. She was also featured on the reality television music competition series “The Four: Battle for Stardom” as a contestant in the second season. Even though her claim to fame might not be traditional, there are still more than a few young girls out there who probably wouldn’t mind trading places with Rebecca Black.
Rebecca Black Awards and nominations
In April 2011, the MTV O Music Awards, one of the annual awards established by MTV to honor the art, creativity, personality, and technology of music into the digital space nominated “Which Seat Can I Take?” for “Favorite Animated GIF” that included footage by Rebecca Black featuring 50 Cent and Bert.
Rebecca was named “Choice Web Star” at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards in August 2011.
Rebecca Black Family
Rebecca’s parents, John Jeffrey Black and Georgina Marquez Kelly got divorced when she was a child. It was her mother who helped her established her music career.
Rebecca Black Relationship Status
Rebecca is currently single and there are no details of any confirmed relationship at the moment. However, rumors have it that she is dating South African personality, Casper Lee, since 2013. Nevertheless, neither of them have denied nor accepted it.