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The Real Reason Rebecca Black’s Official “Friday” Video Has Been Pulled Off The Web.

Rebecca Black’s “Friday” became an instant phenomenon – now it’s suddenly… GONE. Why? A legal battle that could prove the company that produced it never intended (or was prepared for) one of their clients to actually be successful!

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The story of Rebecca Black becomes bigger and bigger. The teen’s music video for her song “Friday” became an instant viral phenomenon when it went online – and now it’s suddenly… GONE. Why? A legal battle that could prove the company that produced it had never intended (or been prepared for) one of their clients to actually succeed in the music business.

As a young woman who aspires to be a pop singer, Rebecca’s parents gave her  the opportunity to record the music video as a gift. They turned to Ark Music Factory, which on its website touts its services as a means of  helping “young artists achieve their dreams, and realize their talent” and “get discovered” for a fee. In other words, regardless of talent or actual potential, a check made out to Ark Music Factory meant your child could get their own music video… giving them a shot at fame.

What it seems they weren’t prepared for, was that it would actually work.

Black’s song, “Friday” reached No. 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, has been covered by Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, (who then put Black in her own music video) and even performed on “Glee.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, the problem with the song began when it actually became popular:

In Black’s case, she seems to have created a vanity recording by making a deal with Ark Music Records to use its studio to record her song. After the song exploded, Ark Music wanted to capitalize… In March, Black’s lawyers sent a letter to Ark Music, accusing the company of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of her publicity rights. Specifically, Black says she never got the master recordings allegedly due to her by contract and that Ark hadn’t attained the necessary rights to advertise her as an exclusive Ark recording artist and commercially exploit the song in derivatives like ringtones.

Truth is, recording labels that actually intend to make their clients musically successful (rather than just take a few grand from as many parents as they can) are well read in these matters and cover their ground more efficiently. They’re also prepared for the publicity and marketing needs of an emerging artist. Black’s legal team will argue that Ark Music Factory has not delivered on their promises.

But let’s be realistic: if Ark Music Factory really thought their song “Friday” was going to be heard by millions, they would have reached for lyrics somewhere above the cognitive level of a seven year old.

(Although, arguably, the song may never have gone viral if it weren’t so awfully written.)

Now, both sides are in a legal battle over who owns what, and who gets paid what when ring tones, singles, and other items related to the song get sold. If they aren’t able to come to an agreement, then a judge will make the decision for them.

While it still remains uncertain just what sales pitch Rebecca Black and her family got when they sold them a music video and custom song, there are plenty of companies out there that are promising that they will, in fact, help pave the way for young, impressionable showbiz hopefulls become ‘stars.’

In this case, both sides are at an impasse over just who has rights to what.

ARK Music Factory released a statement that reads:

“We’re disappointed, having been in good faith negotiations with Rebecca Black and her representatives for months regarding any open issues. There’s been an ongoing, open dialogue with our company. So we were blindsided to get a Take Down Notice — with no notice — alleging copyright infringement instead of a call or email from Rebecca’s representatives.”

“Our use of the video has fully been authorized (as evidenced by four uninterrupted months and 160 million-plus viewings without objection) by both Ms. Black and the copyright holder,” the statement continued. “Regardless, we are going to continue to take the high road and work out the complaint as soon as possible so that the million-plus people who watch Friday for free each day can continue to enjoy the video.”

(statement via Entertainment Weekly)

Despite the fingerpointing, it seems Ark has either been loose with their restrictions, or ill prepared for the success that would come of the song.

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Bill Nye Goes Viral For TikTok Demonstrating The Importance Of Wearing A Face Mask

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Perhaps we should listen to the SCIENCE GUY.

It has been well over a hundred days since the coronavirus began shutting down the United States and for some reason there is still a debate roaring about why we should be taking the simplest of measures to protect ourselves and others from the potentially deadly virus. Well luckily for us, scientist Bill Nye just shared a very informative TikTok explaining just how important the use of face masks is during this unprecedented time.

The 64-year old tv star made a series of two TikToks (meaning it literally takes less than 2 minutes to understand this message) demonstrating the effectiveness of different face coverings and then explaining just how important it is to wear one. Face masks… prevent particles from my respiratory system from getting into the air and getting into your respiratory system” Nye shares. 

The experiment shows the scientist trying to blow out a lit candle while wearing a knitted scarf, a homemade double layered mask, and then an N-95 mask. Obviously the medical grade N-95 mask garnered the best results but Nye goes on to reiterate the importance of face coverings in general by saying “Everybody, this is a matter literally of life and death. And when I use the word ‘literally’, I mean literally a matter of life and death.” Eerie to hear it put it that way but that is the truth!

Check out the videos below and get yourself a good mask!

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Mariah Carey Is Nearly ‘Crushed’ In Blooper From Last Year’s #BottleTopChallenge

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That’s one high-octane octave.

Mariah Carey has a vocal range that leaves even dogs cheering for more, so it was no surprise when she took part in last year’s #BottleTopChallenge. The social media challenge forced singers to open a bottle top with only the use of their voices. Well obviously there isn’t a bottle top big enough to stand up to Carey’s whistle register so she shared a video demonstrating just how easy it was for her to complete the challenge.

I bet you she has never needed help opening a jar of pickles. It has been one year since the 5-time Grammy winner shared the original post and to commemorate the occasion Carey shared an outtake in which she is nearly “crushed” by the bottle. Of course the word “crushed” is a bit over-dramatized but it makes for a good post, darling.

Quite possibly the most impressive blooper ever. Knocking over a bottle of champagne is way more exciting then just spinning off the cap!

You can follow all of Mariah Carey’s social media adventures here.

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Chrissy Teigen’s ‘World Famous T***y Biscuit’s’ Receive Some Hilarious Reactions

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Hey, her biscuits are down there man.

Does your mouth ever water when you watch cooking shows like Barefoot Contessa or 30 Minute Meals? Well if you saw the dough-rolling-hack Chrissy Teigen posted over the weekend, you might be drooling for a whole different reason.

The supermodel mom is not only known for her beauty and her humor, she is a great chef too. Her website CravingsByChrissyTeigen features dozens of fun recipes that all look delicious. Well one recipe you won’t find on her website (although I really hope she puts it in her next cookbook) is her “World Famous Titty Biscuits.” On Twitter, Teigen shared a video where she is rolling out biscuit dough with a wine bottle and let’s just say the blouse she is wearing highlights her biscuits perfectly. Biscuits which have recently been reduced by the way. Teigen took to social media in June to share the news that she would be removing her breast implants to improve her quality of life.

Leave it to Twitter to come up with some priceless reactions to the video of course. Some haters chimed in but we can only assume it’s out of jealousy as they just wish their biscuits were as fluffy as Teigen’s. The rest of the comments were pure comedy. Take a look at some of the funniest.

To follow Chrissy Teigen in all of her comedic adventures click here. For more cooking tips and tricks click here.

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