Is this the worst song ever?

As with a lot of things, I originally posted this on iafrica.com. But again, this is totally worth the repost.

If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet lately, you’ve probably come across the train wreck that is Rebecca Black’s debut single Friday. The Twitterverse has gone completely nuts over the 13-year-old’s song – which has also notched up over eight million views on YouTube.

Our news editor reckons it makes him think of How I Met Your Mother‘s Robin Sparkles. And I live in hope that in a couple weeks they’ll tell us it was all a big prank, haha we got you and my faith in humanity would be restored.

Time Magazine waded into it, calling the song “a whole new level of bad”. And to be fair, with lyrics like, “Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday/Today is Friday, Friday,” she sings, before massacring the English language (“We we we so excited”) and moving onto the lyrical gem “Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards” a bit later.”

What the very young Miss Black and her “record label” (I use this term very loosely) were hoping to achieve is very unclear. The Ark Music Factory – the guys behind the song and video – seem to be churning out various pre-teen acts and a similarly atrocious videos – but this one’s gone viral. Bizarrely.

If she wants to be the next Justin Bieber, one word of advice. Cover versions. Please. And lay off the autotune, the sketchy older rapper and the awful, awful songwriting.

Anyway, watch it here. You’ve been warned.

Watch Die Antwoord’s Rich Bitch

I first posted this on iafrica.com this morning (hey, work comes first).

If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet over the past year, chances are you’ve heard of the South African band Die Antwoord. Anyway, they always cause a bit of a splash with their videos (Enter the Ninja, Evil Boy), and their new video is no different.

The only issue is… well… out here in the bush (Cape Town, South Africa) we can’t watch the “official” VEVO version of Rich Bitch. Because VEVO has “blocked it in your country on copyright grounds”. Ah, yes. Even though Yo-Landi sings about shopping at Shoprite and Woolworths, uses Julius Malema-themed toilet paper and is proudly displaying a groovy Mr Price popcorn bucket… South Africans have to use sneaky means to view the video.

And we are sneaky indeed. Massive props to the guys and gals who posted the video sans VEVO-block. Watch it below.

Jennifer Aniston’s “sex tape” goes viral…

I love this.

Smart, shameless and really cute. Jennifer Aniston stars in a new commercial for Glaceau’s Smart Water, which pokes fun at various Internet memes and YouTube sensations in what Memeburn.com rightly calls “SEO-baiting”.

There’s everything from dancing babies to dozens and dozens of cute puppies. Aniston even kicks a guy in the groin because it’s worth “100 000 hits”. (As a self-proclaimed click-whore, I’m intimately familiar with this type of sneaky baiting).

Anyway, it’s great fun. Watch it below. Send it to your friends. Watch it go viral. That is, after all, the point.

 

Making Facebook friends

It’s good to see that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a sense of humour. Also, witness the pulling power of Saturday Night Live – it seems that they can get pretty much anybody to do anything.