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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Nevinrashed
Nevinrashed

i dnt hate her, but her song was kindda bad at least she can really sing.  honestly she's the strongest girl ive ever known i mean facing all this hate...

Anne
Anne

I think she's really darling; God bless Rebecca Black------awesome to see she gives into relief for Japan;  she has a refreshingly wholesome and outgoing look and manner; even a maturity for 13----could be a badly-needed role model-----hate to be so mushy; mean every word.

Bobbymcbobberson
Bobbymcbobberson

When I first watched her video I thought it was a joke. The lyrics are horrendous, she has no talent what-so-ever, and there are so many other flaws in the video that I don't even want to get started on. All in all, a good laugh.

kitiwiti
kitiwiti

my favorite part about this article is the tiger! HA HA HA! TOTALLY word the read :D (and ya gotta admire a girl who is carrying on despite so much hate! and giving to japanese relief too) Happy FRIDAY people!

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immabe
immabe

Because 2,400 words is just too much to read.

Please.

You even forgot the most important fact: She didn't write the song.

Lille Bose
Lille Bose

2400 pandering words= too much! But yes, I forgot to mention that she didn't even write the lyrics that had her wondering whether she would sit in the front or back seat!!!

hil_ary
hil_ary

I am so glad that she has this strength, I was really worried there for a second. The tide is turning for you already. The majority of the comments I see now are about how people just can't stop hitting replay, no matter that the song and video is kind of weird, that's part of its charm. People needed a distraction from all the bad news going down lately.

Lille Bose
Lille Bose like.author.displayName 1 Like

I definitely think the song or the video isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be--there's a ton of crap on the Internet worse than that song, and it's not like people were forced to watch it. Some people just have nothing better to do than hate hate hate.

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