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Rebecca Black

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Rebecca Black (born June 21, 1997) is an American singer who gained worldwide attention with her 2011 single “Friday”. Her mother paid $4000 to have the single and an accompanying music video put out as a vanity release through the record label ARK Music Factory. The song was co-written and produced by Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson of ARK Music Factory. After the video went viral on YouTube and other social media sites, “Friday” was derided by many music critics and viewers, who dubbed it “the worst song ever.” The music video, uploaded to YouTube, has received more than 160 million views, causing Black to gain international attention as a “viral star”. The song was released as a single and made the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts.

Rebecca Black was born on June 21, 1997, in Anaheim Hills, California. She is the daughter of John Jeffery Black and Georgina Marquez Kelly, both veterinarians, and is of Spanish, Italian, Polish, and English descent. An honor student, Black studied dance, auditioned for school shows, attended music summer camps, and began singing publicly in 2008 after joining the patriotic group Celebration USA.

In late 2010, a classmate of Black and music-video client of ARK Music Factory, a Los Angeles label, told her about the company.

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