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.

Biebermania hits Liverpool…

And the photographs are terrifying. The police had originally ordered that the Biebs stay put to avoid a possible “riot risk”.

After seeing his movie Never Say Never – and the crazy fans they found for that – I’m inclined to believe that a riot was a huge, huge risk.

But – being Bieber – he came out to see his fans anyway.

He’s performing at the Echo Theatre tonight (11 March).

Via The Daily Mail and the Bieber himself.

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

Bieber in Liverpool

Bieber tweeted this pic from his hotel.

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

Bieber in Liverpool

From the Daily Mail

What does Justin Bieber know about rape? Or abortion?

Justin Bieber's Rolling Stone cover

Justin Bieber on the cover of Rolling Stone.

You know, I was going to let this go. But I don’t think I can.

What. The. Fuck?

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Justin Bieber gave an interview to Rolling Stone recently in which he expressed opinions on abortion, abortion in the case of rape, sex before marriage, politics, drugs, greed, success, religion and homosexuality.

See Rollingstone.com’s “Tao of Justin Bieber”.

To be fair, it’s not all bad. He has some pretty cool things to say. Not very many, but let’s be fair. On homosexuality, “It’s everyone’s decision to do that. It doesn’t affect me and shouldn’t affect anyone else”. Props.  On his “power”, he says, “I don’t think of myself as powerful. If anything, my fans are powerful. It’s all in their hands. If they don’t buy my albums, I go away.” (I’m restraining myself from making a snarky comment. Be proud.)

But then there are some absolute humdingers. Like his opinions on abortion. And unwanted pregnancies as a result of rape. And this makes me very, very angry – for two different reasons.

Number one was my immediate reaction. What on god’s earth does this 16-year-old kid even understand about abortion. About the debates surrounding abortion. His response is stock-standard. “I really don’t believe in abortion,” he told the interviewer. “It’s like killing a baby.” Okay, that’s fine. I have my beliefs on abortion, you have yours. But he carried on to put his foot in it when he was asked by the interviewer if abortion after a rape was okay. His answer made my blood boil. Continue reading