Rebecca Black is poking fun fun fun at her “Friday” hit with her new song, “Saturday”. She’s proved she can actually sing — she covered Miley’s “We Can’t Stop” and maybe I’m insane but I thought it wasn’t horrible — so I’m not sure why exactly she’s doing this, other than to try to get back on our radars and be cheeky. Because the thing is, 15 seconds in, I was ready to turn it off. The vocals are so…let’s say, classic Rebecca Black.
But unlike “Friday”, the production values are, well, existent, and it seems like a lot of thought and effort was put into this. Whether it’s supposed to be taken seriously or is supposed to be one of those “please let this go viral” videos is up for you to decide.
Rebecca Black isn’t the same “Friday” disaster you may remember. She’s been moving away from that and is cultivating a nice little image of a young girl who’s now trying to write and sing her own songs in a pop country style. In a bold move, she and singer/guitar player Jon D., covered Miley’s “We Can’t Stop”, a song known more for its outrageous lyrics and video. It’s not Black’s thing, basically.
And guess what? It’s a good cover. I think Rebecca Black kills it. I really do. She changed some of the lyrics to make it more “G-rated”, but hey, do what you gotta do.
Guys, considering where she came from, this is pretty good. You go, Rebecca!
… Because what kind of society would we be if we weren’t making untalented people famous for any other reason than to make untalented people famous? Don’t worry, though, folks—if you thought that there might not actually be a future for Rebecca Black, you’d be wrong. The little lady claims that she’s never going to stop singing. She did an interview with the Insider, and tells her “fans” that she’s here for the long haul:
Insider.com: How do you describe Sing It?
Rebecca Black: Sing It is very summery – it’s all about letting the music in. It’s very different than anything I’ve ever released but very appropriate for summer. I hope people will want to sing this in their car as their drive!
Insider: With all the negative attention after Friday, did you ever think about abandoning entertainment?
Rebecca: No. It’s such a passion of mine, I would never give it up. The first moment it all went down [was shocking] but I never had that moment where I felt I shouldn’t be doing it. Singing has to be part of my life in one way or another.
Insider: What did you learn from the experience?
Rebecca: I learned to not let mean spirited people get to you. You have to keep doing and it doesn’t matter what people say – if you really love something, keep going and don’t let anyone stop you.
Insider: You’ve released three singles so far, is an album in the works?
Rebecca: We are working on an album, which is very exciting – I’ll be back in the studio this summer with hopes of it being out in the fall.
Insider: What can fans expect from that?
Rebecca: I’ve got some fun, dancey upbeat songs, but also some soft ballads.
And last, what, did Rebecca Black go through puberty or something? Because now she sounds like a thirty-five-year-old mom of four. On autotune. And Quaaludes.
A couple days ago, I posted the audio track to Rebecca Black‘s new hit single, “Person of Interest.” Why did I do that? I ought to have figured that an official music video would be along momentarily.
And here it is now!
In this video, Rebecca meets her eponymous “person of interest” at the carnival, where they play skee-ball and drive go-karts. But by nighttime, she can’t find him. Oh, no!
There is something so namelessly blithe—so charmless!—about Miss Black’s performances that just kills me. I think it has to do with the way she chews up words and spits them out through her nose. Also, the eye contact.
Since we last discussed Rebecca Black, though, I have listened to her new song approximately 8000 times. It’s no “Friday” (can you believe it’s only been half a year since Rebecca ruined the best day of the week?), but “Person of Interest” is, uh, kind of working for me. Also, I found the mini-golf scenes sort of poignant, just because I used to go with my boyfriend to a pirate-themed 18-hole golf course back when I was like 15. Sigh.
Rebecca Black cannot be stopped. Rebecca Black is the Song-inator. Internet, you did this. You created her. You didn’t get the songstress you wanted; you got the one you deserve.
Anyway. This is her new single, “Person of Interest,” which I endlessly looped underneath an Occupy Wall Street live video feed. And the music was STRANGELY SUITABLE. (What this says about my country, I have no idea.)
So? What do we think? Admit it: the song is a little snappier than you thought it would be.
But young, small Rebecca Black looked really good at the awards show last night. She looked, dare I say it, classier than most of her peers did. The shoes? I want them. The shorts? I’d wear them. On the whole, it was a win for little Becky Black, and a lot of the girls in her age group should maybe start taking pointers from her rather than from MTV compatriot Deena Nicole Cortese. I mean, I shudder.
Ugh, OK. It’s hard to hate Rebecca Black. She’s already parlayed wry self-awareness into a facsimile of a career, and props for that.
But if this is Rebecca’s “Moment,” it is an interminable, “endless breadsticks” kind of Moment. Last week, Rebecca joined Katy Perryonstage in concert for a chorus of “Friday”; this week, she was interviewed on ABC’s Nightline about the perils of fame.
Then, last night, Rebecca Black performed a short medley—a very short medley, as she has only two songs—on America’s Got Talent. Verdict? If she’s singing without a backing track, she sounds better than you expect, which isn’t great, but it’s something.
The best part of the performance, however, comes at its conclusion, when Talent judge Piers Morgan visibly wonders when he can get back to his super-important job at CNN. Take a look at Sharon Osbourne‘s reaction. Oh, Piers! What a pistol!