In her first interview since becoming a viral superstar with her song “Friday,” 13-year-old Rebecca Black admitted she has “haters” and she’s being cyberbullied. Rebecca never set out to get famous. But the girl from Orange County, California took Charlie Sheen off the throne as a top Twitter trending topic. The video for “Friday” has already been viewed 13 million times and counting on YouTube. Time.com called the song “a whole new level of bad” and “a train wreck.” Slate called it “disastrous” and Yahoo asked, “Is YouTube sensation Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ the worst song ever?” She said: “Those hurtful comments really shocked me. At times, it feels like I’m being cyberbullied.” The video happened by fate. After passing a casting-call audition, Rebecca was invited to record one of two songs label heads had written for her. As part of a $2,000 package her mother paid for, they offered to produce a video and put it on YouTube. She picked “Friday.”
Rebecca said: “I didn’t write it at all. The other song was about adult love-I haven’t experienced that yet. ‘Friday’ is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song.” But the lyrics and production didn’t sound like the real her. Her voice is heavily processed through auto-tune. Rebecca is now going forward with plans to record an acoustic version of “Friday” to show off her true vocal range, without auto-tune.