If you were on the internet for any length of time in early 2011, you probably remember the so-bad-it's-bad YouTube video for the song "Friday," produced by ARK Music Factory. Black removed the original video, dubbed by many as "the worst song ever," when it had 167 million views, but later reuploaded it. Sure, "Friday is not among the earliest YouTube viral videos — but Black's song and video left a solid mark on the YouTube landscape: Today, the reuploaded "Friday" video has 71 million views and counting.
Black was bullied by her peers after the video went viral, prompting her to drop out of school. Today, the 17-year-old is still making music and she's still on YouTube, singing and offering life advice to her followers — which, if Twitter is any indication, number more than a million.