|ANAHEIM (KTLA) -- Rebecca Black, the Anaheim Hills teen who became an internet sensation when her music video 'Friday' went viral, has been forced out of school by constant bullying.
The 14-year-old tells ABC's Nightline that the harassment at school became so intense that she had to be home-schooled.
"When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice," she said of her classmates.
"Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?'"
The music video landed her in the media spotlight for a time.
She became a trending topic on Twitter, received a ranking on iTunes and even made appearances on the late-night talk show circuit.
But the single was also a source of ridiculed for its cheesy lyrics, not written by Black, and was ultimately taken down for copyright violation.
But the damage was done.
Black says the attention the song received got out of hand, and she even received death threats.
But it's not all bad; Black has been tapped to appear in the latest Katy Perry video.
She also took home an MTV Teen Choice award for Choice Web Star last weekend.
|Rebecca Black, who has bounced back into the public spotlight following the release of her new song My Moment, is now saying that she is in it for the long run. No, her songs Friday and My Moment are not just short-term hits that people will forget about in a few years, Black wants to stick with her career as a musician, she has revealed.
“I wanted people to able to take me seriously because I felt like this would be the right thing to do [to release her new song],” Black told CNN. “I wanted to start building what could be a really great career, but this industry, it’s so unpredictable: You could be the big thing for a month or four months, and then kind of fall off the face of the planet,” she added. “And I felt my whole team kind of felt like it was a great way to put me here for an amount of time.”
Black will be releasing a five-song EP next month. Black came to fame in March when her song Friday became a viral Internet hit, but not for the reasons that a musician usually wants to be praised for, but because of what critics called “ridiculous lyrics”. The song went on the generate over 167 million views before Black removed the video from Youtube to likely distance herself from it and instead promote her new song.
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|It looks like Rebecca Black is enjoying her status as a fledging pop star.
The 14-year-old internet sensation was spotted today shopping in Los Angeles for designer shoes at Fred Segal.
Rebecca was also being filmed as she enjoyed her outing in West Hollywood, prompting speculation she could have been snapped up for a reality show.
|Rebecca Black just posted a new video on her YouTube which is the behind the scenes for the making of "My Moment". Its pretty cool so check out the video below.
You may not recognize the song "My Moment," but the singer, Rebecca Black, has generated more buzz online this year than any pop star in the world.
"My Moment," which premiered last night on the Internet, is the 14-year-old Black's second video, a song anticipated by legions of fans - and curious critics.
Tye Comer, editor of Billboard.com, said the teen's first single, "Friday," makes her "arguably the biggest pop culture sensation of the year.
"I mean, Justin Bieber a run for his money with this. There's no way that you're going to be able to review pop music of the past year and not spend a great deal of time thinking about Rebecca Black's 'Friday.'"
"Friday" was released online in February, and instantly went viral.
So far, "My Moment" has gotten more than 600,000 hits on YouTube.
In an "Early Show" interview Tuesday, Black admitted the pressure to produce another hit to rival "Friday" was "hard."
"'Friday' was such a hit. And so, to get something, you have to find the perfect song that kind of tells off the haters a little bit, but still shows that you're a serious artist," she said.
Nguyen reported, love it or hate it, there's no denying the success of "Friday." With a whopping 167 million hits on YouTube, the song and those simple, stuik-in-your-head lyrics brought Black instant fame. The video generates 100 comments every single minute on YouTube, and is the hottest trending topic on Twitter.
Black's "Friday" fame includes a firestorm of criticism. Negative comments faulted the teen's voice and inexperience, and even included death threats. Hollywood rallied with praise and parody. Even amateurs got in on the act with send-ups of her work.
"Early Show" co-anchor Rebecca Jarvis remarked, "You talk about telling off the haters. How do you deal with some of that negativity? I mean, obviously, you can put your music out there. But in those private moments, what do you turn to?"
Black said her mom has been her best supporter.
"She's always supported me, ever since I was a little 2-year-old in dance recitals. So, I mean, it's hard, because you have to deal with bullying, being a teenager, anyways. And now, to have the whole world -- I mean, that's not normal. So, I mean, luckily, the haters don't have to watch 'Friday' or 'My Moment.' So they can turn it off if they want. They don't have to hate. But it doesn't bother me anymore."
But Black was also game in spoofing herself, even joining Katy Perry's spoof, "Last Friday Night."
Billboard's Comer said making a satire herself gave her a "little cool factor that she didn't have and really made people look at her in a different way."
Black said reaching that "cool factor" comes from working with big stars like Perry and having confidence in yourself.
Black advised her fans, speaking from her experience, to never let the bullying get to you, saying, "It's OK to be sad about (bullying) for a little bit, but don't let it change you permanently."
When asked about what has amazed her most about the fame, she said, "Oh, gosh, that's a hard question. All of it has been so amazing. I mean, from working with Katy Perry to doing 'Funny or Die' to hosting a party for MTV, it's all just insane."
Speaking of Black's fame and new more serious song, Comer, of Billboard.com, said, "The only risk would be if Rebecca Black takes herself too seriously as long as she continues to have fun, people will want to have fun with her."