Ten Facts You Need to Know About Rebecca Black Without Having to Read a Too-Long, Too-Nice Article

The Orange County Register finally tracked down 13-year-old Rebecca Black and got the first real interview with the viral superstar of the week.
 
Problem is, it's long-winded (about 2,400 words), cliche-ridden and too, too nice.

So we're doing everyone a favor by condensing the interview to the most important parts. Like how the "Friday" singer, whose video has been described as ear rape (among other nasty things), goes to middle school in northeast Orange County. Or how she got 13 million hits in a week. Or how her family paid for some of the production costs for the song and video created by the Ark Music Factory. Or how, on the day after "Friday" went viral, she went on a sleepover and "did all the usual 13-year-old girl things, pigging out on fun food, talking about boys."

1. Rebecca is a lifelong student of the arts. She took ballet (from the age of 2), tap and jazz classes. She's part of a patriotic singing group called Celebration USA and sang the National Anthem at the Angel Stadium. She was Laurey in a middle-school production of "Oklahoma!" and spent summers at the Best of Broadway summer camp at the Orange County High School of the Arts.

"It was something new, and all of a sudden, I wanted to do singing more," she says. "I'd always been singing in the shower. Now, I would sing everywhere."

2. She keeps a life-sized cutout of Justin Bieber in her bedroom.

"I've always wanted to be like Justin Bieber," she says.

3. Her parents, Dr. Georgina Kelly and Dr. John Black, are both veterinarians.

4. Her family found Ark Music Factory online. "They said I looked a little like Selena Gomez and asked me if I liked Taylor Swift."

5. She was getting her nails done with her mom in December when she first got "Friday" in an e-mail. "I thought it was so cool!"



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