It’s Friday, y’all. And it’s been seven years (and more than 124 million views on YouTube), but Rebecca Black still can be summoned when someone makes that start-of-the-weekend declaration. (Charlamagne Tha God has also helped keep Black’s unforgettable earworm relevant by singing the tune each week on air during The Breakfast Club.)
The stunning young woman, now 20, behind the fun classic (Can we call it a classic? Honestly, how could we not?) devoted to everyone’s favorite day of the week is in the Crescent City shooting an upcoming film, “American Reject,” according to her Instagram posts.
For many of us, she is still frozen in time as the raven-haired 13-year-old with the “annoying” song we couldn’t get out of our heads. The song was deemed “the worst song ever.” The bullying and trolling she received caused her to leave school and begin home-schooling until she was 16.
However, despite enduring years of online abuse because of the viral “Friday” YouTube hit, she has a cult-like following, including 900,000 Instagram followers. She emerged on the other side of instant fame and intense trolling and criticism at the age of 13 as a bright-eyed, big-smiling phoenix, whose likability is undeniable.
She told BBC Radio 5 in June that processing the abuse has helped her make music she feels is authentic.
“You can make anything happen once you get back to a little sliver of strength,” Black told the BBC. “Day by day you can have a moment of relief.”
Check out Black’s new single, “Satellite:”