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Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:17pm EDT

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – Rebecca Black is getting her 16th minute of fame now that the teen starlet’s infamous “Friday” video has been pulled off YouTube by her lawyers.

The singer enjoyed tremendous viral success in March with a song that was so silly and simple (“Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend”), it became irresistible fodder for every amateur comedian on Twitter and Facebook. The song reached No. 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, was covered by Justin Bieber, and then jumped the shark when it was performed on “Glee.”

Black’s “Friday” then started its descent toward a future edition of “Trivial Pursuit,” but now has gotten a momentary reprieve thanks to a take-down notice.

Unlike 99.9% of takedown notices submitted to YouTube, this isn’t a garden-variety response to a user uploading unauthorized copyrighted material. Rather, the dispute has been going on for months and is more about the contracts that young musicians sign before they hit it big.

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. And that’s when it starts to get interesting.

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.

Most bona fide record labels would have taken care of such matters rather easily. But if Ark was really more like a recording studio for hire rather than a recording label, it likely gave little thought to how it would support Black’s career through publicity and marketing expenditures. Instead, Ark took a few hundred dollars from Black’s mother to let the 13-year-old record a song, probably without the slightest expectation of any further reward.

Now that the song has hit it big, the equation has obviously changed, and the parties are fussing over who owns which rights, which will help determine the slicing of the royalty pie. If the parties don’t come to an agreement, only a court’s inspection of the contract will settle the matter.

from:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/17/us-rebeccablack-idUSTRE75G4XL20110617

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Rebecca Black was born June 21st, 1997 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_black

June 21st, 1997

6 + 21 +1+9+9+7 = 53 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Principles.  Arguing.  Fighting for the truth.

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June 21st, 1997

21 +1+9+9+7 = 47 = her “secret” number = Famous.  Internationally known.  Household name.

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June 21st, 1997

June 21st

6 + 21 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = her personal year (from June 21st, 2011 to Juune 20th, 2012) = Controversy.  Things get out of hand.

31 year + 6 (June) = 37 = her personal month (from June 21st, 2011 to July 20th, 2011) = Music.  Musician.  Singer.  Song.

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Rebecca Black: 5 Things to Know

Friday March 25, 2011 03:05 PM EDT

Rebecca Black’s viral video named for the end of the workweek has amassed a stunning 47 million views – and counting. She’s been slammed and cyber-bullied worldwide, and gained more positive attention from the likes of Simon Cowell and Jay Leno.

But what do you really know about the 13-year-old with the catchiest song on the planet?

1. She’s into musical theater
Sure, she’s got that pop song and all, but Black (who’s taken four years of voice lessons and hopes to land a record deal) is also taking center stage at her middle school. “I got the lead this year for Oklahoma!” the eighth-grader tells PEOPLE. “I’ve always been in our school’s shows, ever since first grade.”

2. Her bedroom is Bieber-ed out
“I am so dorky when it comes to Justin Bieber,” she admits. “I have a little mini shrine in my room.” Should the Biebs (who has Tweeted about “Friday”) invite her to collaborate, “I would scream at the top of my lungs and possibly not be able to sing again,” she says with a laugh.

3. She’s s-m-a-r-t
In addition to singing, “She’s also an honors student,” says Black’s mother, Georgina Kelly, who admits that her daughter’s vocabulary has left her searching for a dictionary. “She’s won spelling bees … she’s a smart cookie.”

4. She digs Selena Gomez
“I totally admire her,” says Black. “I think it’s awesome that she hasn’t taken that downward spiral that other child stars have taken. And I really love Katy Perry, too.”

5. Those are her real friends in the video
When Ark Music Factory set up the video shoot for “Friday,” they gave Black the option of including her friends, and she agreed. So now, a whole pack of kids from southern California are famous along with her. Not that any of them expected to be. “Last Christmas there was a group of people whose [YouTube] video hit 100,000 views, and I thought, ‘Wow, how incredible is that?’ ” recalls Kelly. “It made the news!” Of course, her own daughter has now surpassed that mark – 470 times over. “This,” adds Black, “is the last thing I thought would happen.”

from:  http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20476461,00.html

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Rebecca Black was born on June 21st, 1997 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_black

June 21st, 1997

21 +1+9+9+7 = 47 = her “secret” number = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.

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