While 9-to-5ers everywhere are shouting TGIF!, YouTube sensation Rebecca Black is crying foul. After rising to notoriety off the back of her oft-viewed-yet-constantly criticized “Friday” music video, Black went on to surpass the likes of Lady Gaga in YouTube views, when back in April she saw her “Friday” clip overtake “Born This Way.” Now, the 13-year-old has pulled her video from the site that made her so famous.
The dispute is actually with the teen’s label, Ark Music. “We can confirm that we submitted a Take Down Notice to YouTube as a result of the dispute we have with Ark Music regarding the ‘Friday’ video,” Black’s rep told TMZ.
Earlier this week, Ark, which produced and wrote “Friday,” charged fans $2.99 to watch the clip on YouTube. But the move didn’t go over well with the polarizing pop star. Team Black has threatened legal action against the label, claiming that the company is exploiting RB’s image and her viral hit.
This week hasn’t been all bad for Black, however. She scored a cameo role in Katy Perry’s clip for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” which premiered on Monday. In the vid, the youngster gives a nerdy-looking Perry a makeover, creating the look that she needs to be able to kick it with the cool kids.
When Rebecca Black sat down with MTV News in March, she was still getting used to being a celeb. “I still question myself: ‘Is this real? When am I gonna wake up?’ ” Black said.
Now, she not only has to get used to the stardom but the business end as well. Maybe it can wait till Monday.