It’s probably been a minute since you heard the name Rebecca Black, but the “Friday” singer is back with a brand-new single — on a Friday, no less. But don’t expect to hate-listen your way through this one; “The Great Divide” sounds nothing like “Friday.” It’s reflective of the singer-songwriter’s more mature pop style.
Black, now 19, told Entertainment Weekly that “The Great Divide” — which has two versions, a stripped-down ballad and an EDM-tinged remix — is one of the most meaningful songs she’s ever written. “As I’ve grown up, I’ve realized there are certain people I’ve let into in my life that aren’t healthy for me,” she said. “This song is about letting those people go and feeling power in knowing that’s the best decision for you.”
With over 30 songs already recorded, Black hopes to independently release an EP this fall. “We’ve got some stuff that’s a little more electronic, but I love a lot of indie music, so we have stuff that’s in that vein too,” she said.
When Black released the overly Auto-Tuned “Friday” back in 2011, the video became a viral sensation, hitting 48 million views in its first week alone — but not for the young singer’s talent. Viewers relentlessly ridiculed Black, who was just 13 at the time, online and in real life. Some even sent her death threats. Still, Black’s spirit never appeared to waver, nor did her passion for music. When she turned 17, the tenacious singer-songwriter moved to Los Angeles to try to jump-start a real music career.
“‘Friday’ was a part of my life, but I don’t know if I would say it’s a part of me as an artist,” Black told EW. “So many people know me just by that song, but I’m much more than that.”
Listen, Rebecca, as long as you know which seat to sit in these days, we’re fine.