Feb. 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM ET
Encouraging her daughter's love of the performing arts, Rebecca Black's mother paid $4,000 to vanity production company Ark Music Factory for a song and video written and produced for the 13-year-old Orange County eighth-grader — the now-notorious "Friday," uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 10, 2011.
There, the massively Auto-Tuned ditty floated for a whole month, until March 11 (aptly, a Friday), The Daily What posted it with the accompanying snark, "Where Is Your God Now of the Day: I am no longer looking forward to the weekend."
In one month, Black went from a typical 13-year-old with little more to worry about than wakin' up in the morning, having a bowl of cereal and whether she should be kickin' in the front seat or sittin' in the back seat, to the Internet's punching bag.
Going viral as the girl behind "the worst song ever," Black soon found herself in the sites of sights of 4chan's notorious /b/ board, where members have posted contact information for Black's school as well as her family's contact and social networking information and a list of possible home addresses.
Soon, the Intenet was lousy with Black-inspired memes. Meanwhile, the hurtful comments about the video "shocked me," Black told the Daily Beast in an March 17 interview, even as "Friday" hit the iTunesTop 100 singles chart, beating out both Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars. "At times, it feels like I'm being cyber-bullied." Though Black said she was teased at school, when she later chose to be homeschooled, she said it was because of her "career."
By March 30, Black's "Friday" officially became the most disliked video on YouTube, with more than 1.27 million downvotes. That dubious distinction however, did not deter her prospects. Following a copyright dispute with Ark Music Factory, "Friday" temporarily disappeared from YouTube on June 16, 2011, reappearing on Black's own YouTube channel a few months later.
Here are some highlights from Black's career so far:
Meanwhile, "Friday," the song, did pretty well, too:
You'll also find infinite "Friday" covers and mashups all over YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet. My favorite, however, will always been BuzzFeed's "Julian Assange Friday Dance Party," and if you click that link, I'm sure you'll agree.
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