Whatever you may think of Rebecca Black, the girl is — dare we say it? — a star. She’s been a constant Twitter trend and she’s already beat Lady Gaga in YouTube views, as the official version of her polarizing clip for “Friday” has been watched more than 33.5 million times on the website. And now it seems that the 13-year-old is getting to cash in on her new-found fame.
According to Forbes magazine the $2,000 Black’s mother shelled out to Los Angeles-based record company Ark Music Factory for the recording of the song and its lo-fi video has been made back many times over. By Forbes’ estimations, by the time the tune’s clip hit the 30 million YouTube view mark, everyone had profited $20,000 — a 1000-percent return on the original investment.
In addition to the YouTube success, the song is being downloaded on iTunes, which reportedly pays 70 cents per single download, meaning that Black and her team could make upwards of $1 million. As of press time, “Friday” sat at the #33 spot on the iTunes chart.
Black already has appeared on “Good Morning America,” where she defended her talents and her track and also shared that she’d love to work with fellow former YouTube sensation and teen idol Justin Bieber. She’s also had her song covered by Nick Jonas at a Jonas Brothers concert. “I think @nickjonas did an AMAZING job with Friday!” Black tweeted on Monday. “You’re amazing, Nick!”
Despite being the target of derision by those who think that her tune and video aren’t up to professional standards, Black has received love and support from celebrities on Twitter. And she’s set to appear on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Tuesday night (March 22).
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