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Rebecca Black’s ‘Moment’ gets 5 million views in 2 days

A screenshot from Rebecca Black’s music video for “My Moment”. — AFP/Relaxnews picA screenshot from Rebecca Black’s music video for “My Moment”. — AFP/Relaxnews picLOS ANGELES, July 20 — Accidental teenage singing sensation Rebecca Black is back in the spotlight with the calculated release of “My Moment” on YouTube. The video sparked a Twitter trending topic and, with over five million views in two days, has shot straight to the top of YouTube’s charts.

The 14-year-old gained worldwide recognition after her song “Friday,” recorded by vanity producers Ark Music, was leaked on YouTube and subsequently dubbed “the worst song ever” by viewers.

The song’s notoriety caused it to go viral, and by the time it was removed from YouTube on June 16 it had attracted over 160 million views and spawned countless parodies. “Friday” was re-uploaded to YouTube on July 8.  

However, despite the accidental nature of her fame, Rebecca Black’s second singing effort is a more calculated affair.

“My Moment,” the single released on July 18, sparked a worldwide Twitter trending topic and, with more than five million views, has shot to the top of YouTube’s “most watched today” and “most watched this week” charts.  To put this in context, the second most popular video on YouTube’s “most watched today” chart, Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper,” was uploaded a week ago and has three million fewer views.  

While the song was never going to win widespread critical acclaim, YouTube viewers seem to be reacting particularly badly to Rebecca’s efforts, with more than 200,000 viewers taking the time to ‘dislike’ the video — compared to 130,000 who chose to ‘like’ it.

Despite the feedback, with a YouTube channel, a Wikipedia page, a website, an appearance in Katy Perry’s video “Last Friday Night“ and the release of “My Moment” for US$1.29 (RM3.86) on iTunes, it seems as if Rebecca Black is heading toward a professional singing career. — AFP/Relaxnews

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