Justin Bieber is no longer the most popular star on YouTube. So who is? Rebecca Black, of course! Her criticized but catchy song. “Friday”, was the most popularly viewed YouTube video in the four weeks leading up to April 15.
Rebecca took over from Justin Bieber in terms of views on Friday (April 16) after she scored over 112 million views in the last month. That is over 600,000 more than Bieber got.
The schoolgirl singing sensation has been an unexpected internet hit. Her obviously auto-tuned teen pop song, “Friday”, was initially met with scorn, from the public and music professionals alike. But the old saying that no publicity is bad publicity seems to be holding true for Black.
However, Justin’s lull in popularity is expected to put him back in the top spot next month, as the number of people tuning in to listen to Rebecca’s catchy lyrics is on the slide. It has been enough, though, for the 13-year-old California girl to plan the release of an EP.
Lady Gaga is in third place in the YouTube popularity stakes. She had a mere 86 million views in the month to April 17.
So what is it that has people tuning in to watch the Rebecca Black video of her song, “Friday”? Is it really that good? Is it just catchy? Or is it something deeper that suggests to us all that any of us could be famous if we tried, like she has? It can’t just be because it’s really, really bad song, can it?