Rebecca Black talks haters and sings 'Friday' with Jay Leno
Rebecca Black went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" last night to talk about her overnight sensation since her YouTube music video "Friday" has received 35 million views.
Black talked about her haters and performed her song, which is currently no. 31 on the iTunes charts and told Leno that she plans to donate the proceeds to Japan and to her school. Bradley Cooper was also on "The Tonight Show" and joked that he still cries over bad reviews, "I cry and I'm 36!"
Leno asked if Black chose the song herself, but the 13 year old said that the producers at Ark Music Factory first sent her a song that she deemed inapropriate.
"They sent me a song and it was about being a guy's super hero and all that, but I'm 13," Black told Leno. "Then they sent me Friday about hanging out with your friends and being a teenager so I really liked that... I thought it was different because it's not indecent and saying all the bad stuff that a lot of songs are about."
Since it's release, the video has been deemed "the worst music video ever" by some and others have jumped to Black's rescue, like Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Nicole Ritchie, Joel Madden and Willow Smith. Leno asked Black about how she has coped with the overly harsh critics.
"I cried. I mean, I'm 13 years old," Black admit to Leno. "Being a teenager, you care about what other people think about you, so I was like 'Oh! The world hates me, I'm gonna die!' But now I don't even read them, so they don't bug me, they make me laugh."
The song was produced by the independent Los Angeles-based company called Ark Music Factory. People magazine reports that for a fee, the company will produce a pop song and video for teenage girls who "want to get discovered."
The video became an internet sensation after Comedy Central's Tosh.o blog lampooned it under the headline, "Songwriting Isn't For Everyone" and popular Tumblr blog The Daily What made it the "Where Is Your God Now of the Day."
In the lyrics, Black starts out by detailing her morning routine before singing the layout of the days of the week, "Tomorrow is Saturday/ And Sunday comes afterwards."
Watch a clip of Black's "Tonight Show" appearance below.