Rebecca Black released a “Friday” remix to mark the iconic song’s 10th anniversary.
The queer legend, who invented the Gregorian calendar to spin a meme-worthy song, dropped her remix to “Friday” on, er, well, Wednesday (10 February).
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the uncanny-valley banger, the now 23-year-old dropped a hyperpop reworking of the track all about looking forward to the weekend.
Black brought dopey electro-pop duo 3OH!3, Dorian Electra and Big Freedia on board for the glitched out, refurbished “Friday”, produced by Dylan Brady of 100 Gecs.
Rebecca Black: ‘I am thrilled to have some of my favourite artists as a part of this moment’
The song is worlds away from the 13-year-old Rebecca Black we were first introduced to a decade ago – her waking up at 7am, eating cereal, waiting for a bus, deciding which seat to take and a lot of partying.
Now her voice is distorted to chipmunk-level pitches and Big Freedia is commanding us all to: “Make it clap clap, dance in your backseat, ain’t nobody strapped.”
It features other detours from that once beloved – and ridiculed – bus route to school: “It’s 7:45, we’re driving on the highway/ I got this, you got this, my friend is by my right, aye,” Electra sings.
Meanwhile, 3OH!3 screech about how they’re “sick of living through these Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays”.
“I’d had the idea to do this remix of ‘Friday’ for years leading up to now, but honestly it was also mildly insane for me to think anyone else would want to be a part of it,” Black said of the song.
“As I started talking about it with other artists and producers, I couldn’t believe how stoked people were about it. I am thrilled to have some of my favourite artists (and people) as a part of this moment.”
— Rebecca Black (@MsRebeccaBlack) February 9, 2021
It’s a defiant and plucky reclaiming of a single that, as Black told PinkNews in 2020, plunged her into a dark chapter of her life as trolls mercilessly pelted her with abuse for years.
Now, as the original “Friday” was officially certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America only days ago, Black said she would tell her younger self: “There is nothing to feel ashamed about.
“Whatever you are going through right now does not define your entire life experience and as long as you trust that and trust what you’re capable of, you will grow into that,” she added.