Connect with us

Celebrities

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!

Published

on

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.

Celebrities

Watching Mayim Bialik Learn TikTok Dances Is Pure Joy

Published

on

It is so fun watching this mom’s viral dance moves blossom.

Nowadays you can’t go on social media without being introduced to some new viral dance craze and I am only salty about it because I was given the curse of two left feet. Once in awhile, however, I come across a video so entertaining that me and my sense of incoordination can’t help but to put our jealousy aside and let the amusement take over. And that has happened with Mayim Bialik’s latest post on her YouTube channel.

While we know the actress from her charmingly quirky roles in the hit tv shows Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, Bialik spends her days like most moms just trying to keep up with the latest trends that have her children so captivated. In her video entitled “My Son Teaches Me TikTok Dances” the mom of 2 makes it her mission to learn some of the viral dances sweeping the popular app from her teenage son. Bialik starts the video by calling the app “Tik-Toke” so you know we are in for a treat. The Ph.D (yes she has a Ph.D in neuroscience) then describes Tik Tok as being “impossible” to explain only for her son to quickly inform her that this is a very simple explanation of how the app works. It’s going well. Oh and Bialik is wearing a Pokémon t-shirt throughout the entire video…which should automatically make her TikTok famous imo.

Rather than just join the app and potentially humiliate herself and become a meme, Bialik decided to post her dance attempts to her own channel. Who would dare meme this queen!? The tv star then goes onto learn and demonstrate some of the most viral videos we’ve seen recently such as “The Renegade” and “Say So.” The video will keep a smile on your face for the entire 10+ minutes and is definitely worth sharing. We need all the good vibes we can get nowadays and trust me they don’t get much better than this!

Check out the charmingly quirky video below!

Like what you read? Follow me on Instagram

Continue Reading

Celebrities

You Can Now Purchase An Official Big Cat Rescue Mask From Carole Baskin

Published

on

More like Carole Maskin’.

Are you a cool cat? More of a kitten? Either way, you can now jump on the Tiger King craze and purchase an OFFICIAL Big Cat Rescue mask for yourself. Carole Baskin and her big cat organization took to Facebook over the weekend to promote their newest bit of merchandise. Capitalizing on the pandemic-induced need for masks, the Netflix star boasts two different color options available for purchase. For just $11 (before tax and shipping) you can choose between a black or leopard print mask emblazoned with Carole’s favorite tag line, “Hey all you cool cats and kittens.” Truly a steal for anyone obsessed with the buzz worthy docu-series.

In case you’ve forgotten, Carole is the arch enemy to Joe Exotic as portrayed in the Netflix docu-series Tiger King. She’s been making headlines lately as the series has launched renewed interest in the “disappearance” of her second husband. After watching the series, fans began speculating that Carole’s ex-husband didn’t disappear, rather that she murdered him. Just this week, reports were made that the signature on her ex-husband’s last will and testament may have been forged. Because of all these allegations, the case of Carole’s missing husband has been officially reopened.

But all that’s neither here nor there because there are adorable, trendy masks for sale! If you would like to jump on the craze and snag a mask for yourself, check out the post below!

Like what you read? Follow me on Instagram

Continue Reading

Broadway

Lin-Manuel Miranda Just Shared The Original Demo For ‘Moana’ Hit Song And It Features A Big ‘Hamilton’ Star!

Published

on

Another gem from the wonderful world of Miranda.

If there are two things musical lovers are forever grateful for it’s Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney scooped up Miranda to write songs for the 2016 hit film Moana which told the story of a young princess chosen by the ocean to reunite an ancient relic with a powerful goddess. Unsurprisingly, the film’s standout song “How Far I’ll Go” won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” because everything Miranda touches turns to gold. What’s even more exciting than the award winning content Miranda creates, however, is the glimpses into the creative process he often shares with fans. After Hamilton became a smash hit, Miranda shared countless original demos and compositions of songs from the musical just to show fans the growth of his creativity. Well, moments ago Miranda took to Twitter to once again give us a peek into his process but this time it’s for the hit Disney film.

While Hamilton was still in it’s pre-Broadway run, Miranda was writing songs for Disney. He enlisted the help of his costar Phillipa Soo, the original Eliza Schuyler, to record the demo for “How Far I’ll Go” from their dressing room at the Public Theater. Finally after all these years, Miranda has decided to share the demo with us and it’s enough to make any theater geek freak out! In his tweet he apologizes for making the demo so “high” but applauds Soo because she “can sing ANYTHING.” And by the sound of this demo she really can!

Check out some Disney magic…or Miranda magic…or both(?) by listening to the original demo below!

Like what you read? Follow me on Instagram

Continue Reading

Trending