If you want to know more about Rebecca Black’s DJ Set on the first weekend of Coachella, just ask the singer. “It was so gay,” says Black Refinery29 shortly after his appearance on Saturday, “which is always so cool to watch, and I don’t think the Do Lab [Stage] has ever had that before.”
While black’s Set – which included everything from an aerial acrobat to t-Shirt guns and a Remix version of “Friday”-wasn’t her usual MO (she’s known for her emotional synth-pop BOPS), it’s the recent achievement in two years for a singer known as the 13-year-old voice behind 2011’s popular Sensation “Friday”.”(Yes, you definitely sing it in your head). With more than a decade away from the song quivering for its time, new music and a fresh, confident perspective, Black is entering his best era of music yet.
For the singer, the period of the recent times, as for many people, was transformative, especially when it came to finding her voice musically. While no one can deny that Black has been pushing her whole life, starting with jumping on YouTube when she was 16, while pursuing a career in music on her own terms, the last two years have been off the Charts. Meanwhile, Black released her second EP, Rebecca Was Here, with new hit singles like “Girlfriend” and an ironic Remix of the Hyperpop song that started it all. In January of this year, Black launched his first headlining tour.
Part of this is due in part to Black’s decision to share aspects of her personal life with her Fans, including her venereality (something she has already talked about with Refinery29). In April 2020, Black stated on the Dating Straight Podcast that she is part of the queer community. “I made a conscious decision not to say, “Get out. People started asking and I stopped not answering. I’m still here, that’s the way it is,” she told the hosts at the time.
As with many things in his life, including his initial onslaught of popularity, Black says the Moment has arrived. But to say that your Announcement has generated positive Reactions, would be an understatement. Since sharing her queer identity, Black has been hailed by Fans online as a “gay icon” (along with JoJo siwa!), even at the 32nd annual GLAAD Awards last April, an experience she called “significant”.”
“It means so much because I really felt outside of my own generality,” Black says. “I spent so much time feeling like an outcast and feeling really misunderstood, so it’s so special that the queer community was there for me, for so many other people everywhere.”
And this is reflected in their music. In “Girlfriend”, which Black published in the spring of 2021, a little more than a year after publicly talking about a breakup with Dating Straight, the singer described the overly relatable experience and the thrill of the decision to get back with an ex. The comments section is surprisingly confident, unlike the one in the video that made it popular. “I was a nervous teenager who thought “Friday” was the worst thing that ever happened to music, and there, more than 10 years after, I ended up with the same artist,” one listener commented.
Finally, Schwarz gets his well-deserved contributions. “I’m lucky to have an audience that I really resonate with, and people that I understand and understand me, because I haven’t had that in a long time,” she says. “It’s so encouraging to be honest and write queer songs and give queer people the feeling of being understood by them.”
And if her recent project allowed the singer to open the doors to talk about her generality and relationships — and understand how to talk about them — she is also ready to talk about other aspects of her life, in particular, about her feelings towards herself. “[With this new music], I talk a lot about how I felt about myself and what those emotions are or have been, or feel like they are in the future. There are a few more that I have never fully understood.”
What can we expect from the “Friday girl”? And much more – every day of the Week.