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'Friday' Producers Hit Back At Rebecca Black

6/17/2011 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The company that produced Rebecca Black's hit "Friday" says it was "blindsided" by the singer's demand to pull the video off of YouTube -- and is taking a shot at the singer for not calling them first.

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A rep for Ark Music Factory tells us "We’re disappointed, having been in good faith negotiations with Rebecca Black and her representatives for months regarding any open issues."

The rep continues, "There’s been an ongoing, open dialogue with our company.  So we were blindsided to get a Take Down Notice -- with no notice -- alleging copyright infringement instead of a call or email from Rebecca’s representatives."

AMF adds, "We are going to continue to take the high road and work out the complaint as soon as possible."


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ARK's business centers on the recruitment/discovery of new young singers. The artists (or their parents) pay a $2,000 to $4,000 fee to ARK, and ARK then writes and produces music in collaboration with these artists, often producing music videos and promotion of the songs. The singer owns the master recording, and ARK retains publishing rights to the song and all the sales from the song

and thats from wikipedia. So doesn't that mean she doesn't have a leg to stand on? can't ark sell digital downloads?

Yeah shes lame but those digital downloads add up especially since nobodys gonna actually go to the store and buy her cds. Yeah she wouldn't be where she is if ark hadn't fixed her song up and posted it online. However if it were you and money was on the line you'd line up to get your chunk so don't act any different ;-) Ark is basically the modern version of those kiosks in the mall where for a small fee you can cut a vanity record.

However i do think she could have approached Ark better regarding this situation, they did market her and make her popular. Its obvious ark benefits from association (hell their site is one Rebecca black shrine) it also appears they are eager to have a continued relationship with her since its a mutual friendship.

They probably told nicely that she doesn't have a chance since she signed publishing rights over dumbly. She like every artist has a lawyer who told her screw this lets go to court. Not respecting the fact that her own stupidity cut her out of a huge portion of profits in theory.

Still think she should be hustling her ass to get more songs out though, her ten minutes is almost up. Just ask the jersey shore cast how get sponsorship, etc Write books, tshirt,etc market yourself a bit if you don't care about music. If her first single is that bad i doubt she will survive long. Britney spears
may suck but she can dance and perform in public. She at least makes up for it by putting on a show (even if the music is loud and she's in essence lip-synching over her track in concert)

Oh and don't pull a MC Hammer; put some of that cash away for a rainy day ms. black.

Can see where she might be snippy on the downloads cut but its her fault for signing a contract and not using her brain. Her looks on the other hand? well nature wasn't cruel but it wasn't exactly kind to compensate ;-)

1202 days ago

tracey ntshili    

no one cares about all of this crazy ness

1202 days ago


I agree with "Love My Fans" above. Rebecca Black and her pushy Stage-parents need to get a grip, and show some humility and appreciation to ARK! Don't start acting like some accomplished Diva just because ARK's efforts for her went viral on the Internet! The negative publicity this "fame-whore stuff" has been generating pretty much cancels out any fresh, ingenue appeal of a junior high school girl wanting to become a singer. Don't go Lindsday Lohan on us just because of one little, cloyingly cute song!

1202 days ago


15 minutes were up and she needed some controversy.

1202 days ago


This goes to show you what a powerful staple Youtube is. Her entire popularity and exposure were dependent upon her Youtube views.

1202 days ago


let see the list of bad singers ah yes all bubblegum pop. That be all pop from 2000-now. and your all little ****** for listening to it

1201 days ago


The amount of rage and hatred that has been directed towards this girl for singing a bad song is disturbing. Thousands of nasty comments and death threats to a little girl who is harmless, if you have to hate their are millions of more worthy canidates.

1201 days ago

Fat Mike    

haha, you just know all the nasty comments are from females who feel unloved. I bet that these people are also the same winners who complain about cyber-bullying when their skanky little son, daughter, niece or nephew gets picked on. Well done Rebecca, the haters are just jealous of your fame and really wish they were you

1201 days ago

Michael L.    

Those who continue to make vile attacks against Rebecca Black are sick individuals that have nothing better to do with their lifes, because they never made an effort to better themselves intellectually. Since these sick individuals dislike Rebecca Black and her music videos - DO NO*****CH IT! There are plenty of good, and decent folks out there who appreciates Black's music. Unfortunately, many of those who posted their hatred on this website - are a bunch of losers!

1048 days ago
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