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Great Performances - Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon Sing Rebecca Black's Friday

Note: this video has been removed from YouTube. You can see the official version here.

By now, if you spend any length of time at all online, you have probably at least heard about the viral video "Friday" by middle-schooler-turned-pop-star Rebecca Black. Her video has spawned quite a wave of attention, both positive and negative. The song itself can at best be described as "catchy" and at worst as "a pathetic attempt at a real song". The lyrics are particularly poor, and Miss Black's vocal technique is quite "untrained". If you haven't seen it yet, watch the original.


This song has over 82 million views as of this posting and has spawned several dozen parodies. Conan O'Brien created his own version called "Thursday," claiming Rebecca stole his idea. There's a Bob Dylan version, and on and on.


In a totally unrelated story, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report recently sold a painting of himself for $26,000 in an auction in New York [link]. In an effort to get more people to bid, Colbert claimed that fellow late night host Jimmy Fallon was going to match the final amount and that all proceeds were going to further childrens' art education. However, Fallon never actually agreed to such an arrangement.


So, being a good sport, Fallon made Cobert a deal - if Jimmy could match the sale price of the painting, $26,000.00, on a Donors Choose campaign, Colbert agreed to come on the Fallon show and sing his own rendition of "Friday." The Donors Choose campaign raised over $65,000.00 and Colbert delivered on his promise below, with a special cameo appearance during the middle of the song.


Colbert, self-admittedly "not a singer" does an admirable job of managing the rather simplistic melody of the song, and Jimmy Fallon's auto-tuned entrance is quite funny. The over-the-top "epic" pagentry of this performance is a great parody of the orignal song and a true satire of the ridiculousness that is often American pop culture.


The original video of Friday sparked some interesting discussion on the Music Professional Learning Network as well. What are the implications of a video such as this for music education?

Posted by ★ Owner on April 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM 1981 Views

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