Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t have to be one of your favorite musicians (or even someone you can stand) for you to appreciate what she is doing with her latest music video.
The video for the song “Boy Problems” is a throwback of sorts to a 1980s slumber party scene. But it also features plenty of selfies, laptop computers and tablets.
While the song is ostensibly just about those moments when you just can’t stand your friend talking about her troubles with boys, it can also be read in a deeper way.
Perhaps Jepsen is trying to point out how silly modern drama about relationships and social pressures tied to those moments really are.
We shouldn’t be so hung up on another person that we lose sight of ourselves and our own emotional well being. And in the end, drama is such a waste of time and energy.
Anyway, watch the video and tell us in the comments whether you think our theory makes any sense:
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Profile: Now 19, Rebecca Black Is Amazingly Normal AFBy Georgia Lala
Rebecca Black’s childhood dream was to attend The Juilliard School in New York.
Far before the viral hit “Friday” was ever conceived, Black says she spent all of her free time performing.
“I was in dance groups, singing groups and musical theatre,” Black said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
A driven student, Black says she was always looking to her future, planning for college and life after high school.
“I was always thinking college, college, college”, Black said.
And that drive, according to Black, was where her song “Friday” originated.
A bubblegum pop song about what tweens get up to on the last day of the week, Black and her mother organized the recording of the song as a way for Black to boost her resume and get some performing experience under her belt.
“I just really wanted to go that extra mile at my school and get some experience,” Black said.
According to her, it was never really meant to go far beyond her circle.
That, of course, is not what happened.
When “Friday” was uploaded to Youtube by ARK Music Factory on March 14, 2011 it quickly went viral. In its first month online, the video amassed 30 millions views.
The 13-year-old Black didn’t know what to do.
Suddenly, she was propelled into the forefront of the public eye.
And with all of the sudden and unexpected attention came large amounts of criticism, directed both at the song, and Black herself.
It became one of the most “disliked” videos in the history of Youtube.
Eventually comments on the video had to be turned off due to the negative and hurtful nature of them.
Today, Black struggles to watch back interviews of herself in the weeks and months following the viral success of “Friday”.
The pain she was experiencing at the time, she says, is so clearly written over her face.
“I was so scared and so confused and had no idea what to do,” Black said. “I was hurting inside”.
Black herself admits there was no way anyone in her position could have been prepared for all of the attention.
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“I just put on, or at least tried to put on, a really brave face”.
So, Black did what any person in her situation would do, and turned to the people around her for advice, all of whom had an opinion of what the teenager should do next.
But the advice, which largely came from music directors and talent managers at the time, wasn’t what she expected.
Rather than stepping down from the spotlight, Black went on to produce even more music, under the advice of the studio.
“A lot of the music was stuff that other people told me to make”, Black said. “I just thought I’ll listen to everyone around me because they obviously know better than me…I thought, I’m 13 and dumb”.
Under their guidance, Black continued to release songs musically similar to “Friday”, including “My Moment” and “Person of Interest“, all of which retained the original song’s tween bubblegum vibe.
Sadly, the internet was more than happy to have another swing at the child star trying to make a name for herself, promptly tearing down all of her work.
The “dislikes” just kept piling up.
Black finally had enough, and in 2013 she split from her talent agent and went independent.
It wasn’t until the release of her song “Saturday“, a collaboration with Youtuber Dave Days, that Black finally felt like she had some control over her music career.
“[Saturday] was when I was able to take [my music] into my own hands, Black said.
The song itself almost acts as a parody of “Friday”, with witty references to old jokes and a sense of understanding that Black’s previous songs lacked.
Black herself admits that the song was less about making a serious single, and far more about making something fun for her own enjoyment- for the first time.
Around the same time, Black also reformed her roots on Youtube, signing onto the Youtube Network Maker Studios.
From her bedroom at home, Black began to upload casual videos, including question and answers, vlogs and song covers.
Black says that this was the time she finally began to feel free to do what she wanted creatively, free from a team of advisors telling her how to craft her image.
“It was very freeing to take it into my own hands and make content,” Black said.
Black also made a point on her channel to talk about her experience being bullied and share her advice with others.
Now, her channel has amassed a strong following of over one million subscribers, and the reception of Black’s videos today contrasts vastly with the reception of her old music videos.
Black believes this is due to the more genuine nature and rawness of her new videos.
“I could finally show a little bit more of me as a person in these videos”, Black said. “I was able to connect with others out there who have dealt with or a dealing with bullying, and I really hope that I have been able to reach them and let them know that it’s ok.”
Finally, Black feels like she can move on with her life.
She released a single called “The Great Divide” in 2016, during a period of time in her life when Black said that she started to accept everything that had happened to her since “Friday”
“The song itself is about letting go of the the people that might be holding you back, and also the parts of yourself that might be holding you back,” Black said.
And move on, she has.
In April, Black released a new single, “Foolish“, a song which she says truly shows her progression as an artist and her own growth, “ I think [Foolish] is very representative of how, stylistically, my tastes have changed and started to develop.”
Now 19, Black seems comfortable and at peace with her past.
“A lot of people ask me if I hate ‘Friday’, and I truly don’t,” Black said. “I never want to put down my own music”.
The young star’s level headed attitude is something to be admired.
Black knows that she can’t convince everyone to move on from “Friday”, and that she might always be known for its unbelievable notoriety.
But Black says that’s ok.
“You’re not going to be able to change everyone’s mind. You’re not going to please everyone,” Black said. “But at least I could finally start pleasing myself.”
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One Dead At Delta State University Shooting, Shooter Still At LargeBy Staff Report
UPDATED 1:56 P.M.
The Bolivar County Coroner’s office in Mississippi identified the victim shot at Delta State University as Professor Ethan A. Schmidt, according to the personal Twitter account of Jake Hyman, a CBS Radio News reporter. Hyman reports that Schmidt was a professor of American History at the university.
BREAKING: Bolivar County Coroner’s Office ID’s the deceased Delta State University professor as Ethan A. Schmidt. He taught american history
— Jake Hyman (@JakeHymanNJNY) September 14, 2015
UPDATED 1:50 P.M. A gunman shot and killed a professor at Delta State University in Mississippi on Monday. The campus remains on lockdown, asking those on campus to stay indoors away from windows as the shooter remains at large. CNN reports that the victim was male and was in his office at the time of the shooting. Delta State is a small college (just over 3,000 undergrad students) and is located in Cleveland, Mississippi, just on the Mississippi-Arkansas border.
DEVELOPING: Police responding to active shooter on Delta State Univ campus. Witness tells me happening at Jobe Hall. pic.twitter.com/9aRVwecyOS — Sarah Bleau (@sarahbleauFOX13) September 14, 2015
Video of students at Delta State barricading their classroom while in lockdown. (Video via Heavy.com) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNqqJ99I_Gc&feature=youtu.be UPDATE: 1:13 PM Delta State sent out another Tweet telling students to remain in buildings on the campus.
Campus remains under lockdown. Please do not leave the building. Stay away from windows. More information will be sent out as available. — Delta State (@DeltaState) September 14, 2015
Delta State University has confirmed one fatality. Campus remains under lockdown. Please stay inside and away from windows. — Delta State (@DeltaState) September 14, 2015
This is a developing story that will be updated frequently.
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Announcing The Launch Of The RISE NEWS Show With Rich RobinsonBy Staff Report
RISE NEWS GROUP LLC is excited to announce the launch of our latest digital project, an online radio program geared towards the interests of the global millennial.
The RISE NEWS Show With Rich Robinson will be a weekly news magazine program that features the best that RISE NEWS has to offer.
It will also feature thought provoking interviews with newsmakers and interesting people from around the world.
Of course, it will also be presented in an irreverent and funny way that helps young people connect to the news.
The show will launch on Monday May 16, 2016.
Rich Robinson is the CEO and publisher of RISE NEWS, a millennial focused news and information brand.
Robinson is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a native of Miami.
While in Tuscaloosa, Robinson hosted a daily radio program geared towards young people and did sports broadcasting on television and radio. He also has a background in politics and community organizing.
Be sure to like RISE NEWS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with information about the show.
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