Rebecca Black is back with a new music project “Rebecca Black Was Here”.
Singer, songwriter and queer creator Rebecca Black is releasing her first music project in 10 years: Rebecca Black Was Here – a six-track hyperpop-inspired journey.
The project starts with “Better In My Memory”, a new song with amplified bass and a retro feel that highlights its nostalgia-focused lyrics. “Personal” melts chewing gum pop and smooth hyperpop glitches and “NGL” is distorted to perfection. “Blue” introduces a more sultry, sensual and yet sadder side of the project, followed by “Worth It For The Feeling”, in which the almost 24-year-old struggles for an ex-lover. The project closes with the anthemic track “Girlfriend”, which Rebecca performed on the Tamron Hall Show, and after 5 tracks in which he gets over her, Black is “back with” [her] Girlfriend.”
A screenshot from Rebecca Black’s music video Worth It for The Feeling.
In 2022, Black is embarking on a tour of the United States and Canada, stopping in six cities:
Thursday, January 13, 2022 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage +
Friday, Jan 14, 2022 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom +
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground +
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Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall +
Thursday, January 20, 2022 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop – Popscene +
Friday, Jan 21, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour +
+ Support from the artist Alice Longyu Gao
The poster for Rebecca Black’s “Rebecca Black Was Here” tour in 2022.
Since Black went viral in 2011 with her hit music video “Friday”, she has not so quietly improved her musical talents and overcome insecurities. “I’ve spent the past 10 years constantly questioning myself and wondering if I could really ever overcome my own insecurities. Now, looking at this project completely finished, I couldn’t be more proud of what I have done with some of the most talented, friendliest teams I know. The truth is, I couldn’t have done this project without experiencing my past experiences and I’m finally able to celebrate that for myself, ”she said.
The album cover for Rebecca Black’s latest project “Rebecca Black Was Here”.
Last year, Black appeared queer on Jack Dodge and Amy Ordman’s former podcast, Dating Straight, and has since felt that she can be more expressive in her music. “I feel like I can be a lot more honest,” Black said in a Zoom interview. “This project is very straight forward in the way it was written. It felt so good. I can just say, ‘This is my life!’ I don’t have to walk around it anymore. ”This year she was proudly honored to be featured on Variety’s, Logo30 and Bustle’s Pride Yearbook’s 2021 Power of Pride list.
In 2011, Black’s viral hit “Friday” was watched by more than 150 million people worldwide and became the fastest growing song and video that year. Now with an RIAA Gold certification, a # 1 on Youtube, Billboards Heatseekers charts, and a Teen Choice Award to her name, the decade ended with Rebecca making notable highlights over the past 10 years, including features in Rolling Stone and Billboard. Black also appeared in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” music video. In her spare time, Rebecca has been involved in recent partnerships with AdCouncil, GLAAD and Best Buddies for anti-bullying, mental health initiatives and the LGBTQ + community.
Rebecca Black holds a diamond-studded chainsaw for her “Personal” music video.
Rebecca Black shared further insights into her latest project and the experiences that led it to become a hyper-pop musician on a Zoom call.
Jackson Weimer: What should fans take away from the title of this project? Where was Rebecca Black and where is she now?
Rebecca Black: I was here! The title can be interpreted very differently depending on where I think you have been in recent years. For me it was a really succinct way of describing what my experience of releasing music was like.
Weimer: What was the musically most difficult phrase for this project?
Black: The beginning of “Personal”. We rewritten it four times, but as it is now, we originally rewritten it. It was a lot of words and it was very quick, but it said exactly what it had to say. “Personal was a song” that has really changed so often. It took us almost 10 months to finish the song.
Weimer: What was the inspiration for the song “NGL”?
Black: I was connected to Marshall Vore, whose work with Phoebe Bridgers I loved. His songwriting was very different from the music I’ve made before, but after a few minutes of getting to know each other, it became clear how similar our tastes were. I think we were both ready to try something new. Vore introduced me to a producer named Glitch Gum who produced the track behind “NGL”. I had an idea what I was going to write about that day, and this track fit perfectly into the context of how we wrote these lyrics. It was the last song we did and it was really fun and was a final chapter of the project.
Weimer: When reporters ask you about the Friday video and your past, how does it make you feel?
Black: It was a learning experience. Now that I’ve had the time and was able to reflect and really understand what happened, I’ve learned to make this meaningful to myself. If talking about it works for others too, then it’s fantastic.
Weimer: What did you miss out on as a kid because of your internet fame?
black: I received home schooling and online school. I really got into what kids are going through with online school now. I think I didn’t miss a lot because of my own experiences.
Weimer: Do you have a specific place or headspace you want your fans to consume this latest project?
Black: Alone. It’s such a unique perspective in a relationship. While I think a lot of these songs could be great in a small gay club in the summer, I find new music best when you’re alone.
Weimer: Which song (s) from this project best embodies the new you?
Black: All of them! Songs like “Blue” are vulnerable, whereas songs like “Better In My Memory” and “Personal” are sounds that I’ve wanted to incorporate into my music for years and I’m just glad they are around now.
Weimer: What’s your favorite meme?
Black: I’m really a big believer in a really good fucking meme. I find myself using this. Everything Nicki Minaj says, I’m a giant barb. But “Power Bitch Moves” is my favorite meme.
This conversation has been edited and reduced for the sake of clarity.