"Friday" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

YouTube sensation is OK for kids, but, like, so annoying.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song is about getting together with friends on the weekend. The video content is appropriate for kids, showing friends hanging out, dancing, and driving.

Positive role models

Black, 13, is an Internet sensation, showing kids that you can sing about simple things that are age appropriate and still be successful. She also plans to donate all proceeds from her hit song.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rebecca Black is a YouTube and Internet sensation. Although the song and video for "Friday" have received lots of criticism, the buzz around this young singer is certainly noteworthy. The squeaky-clean song and video -- about hanging out with friends on Friday night -- are fine for tweens, although the video does show the 13-year-old Black riding in a car with other kids who look too young to drive.

Parents say

What's the story?

Following in the steps of pop music super-sensation Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black has found overnight fame with her YouTube hit single, "FRIDAY," a song about the start of the weekend and the all-too-common dilemma of which, uh, seat to pick in the car. Released by a small, little-known vanity label, the song and video have received tens of millions of views on the Internet. Although the song has been universally criticized and parodied, 13-year-old Black has already been a guest on MTV, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show.

Is it any good?

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In case you weren't exactly sure where Friday fell in the week, "Friday" can clear that up for you. It's obvious that this song and video are low-budget, and the vocals and lyrics are annoying and repetitive. That said, Black is sweet, poised, and, above all, a very good sport about all the negative attacks on her singing and acting abilities. She didn't intend to be an Internet sensation, but at least she's enjoying it while she is. "Friday" may not be Grammy-bound, but it's certainly a catchy tune that kids will be singing with a smile at the end of the school week.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Black has gained so much popularity just via the Internet. With the success of other YouTube sensations, such as Justin Bieber, what do you think about the exposure that young kids can get online? Will it change the music industry?

  • There's been a lot of criticism toward Black and her

  • song. Do you think it's justified? Do you think she's too young to be receiving so much attention and hurtful comments? Is it fair?

  • Anyone can be an Internet star these days. What are some ways to stay smart and safe when posting things online?

Music details

Artist:Rebecca Black
Release date:March 21, 2011
Label:ARK Music Factory
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old Written byemniki422 April 14, 2011
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7
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Annoying.

This song isn't at all inappropriate, but it's really, really annoying. It's actually extremely irritating.

Teen, 14 years old Written byCrazyKaulitzWriter May 7, 2011
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BRAIN BLEACH!!! I NEED BRAIN BLEACH!!!!!

My God, this song is horrible!! A complete insult to real music! x-x

Teen, 14 years old Written byMillyMolly April 1, 2011
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I don't usually give bad reviews...

But This is pretty bad. I know I sound mean, but....
she can't sing,
the lyrics are really silly
so is the video....
But I feel sorry for her, getting all the hate comments from people, when she is just making a video.
Shes pretty strong to take all the critisism.
But she doesn't have talent to be a real singer

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