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Rebecca Black's 'Friday' fortune: By the numbers
The teen star may be a viral hit for the all wrong reasons, but she's still raking it in
Rebecca Black may have felt the vitriol last week from her viral video, but she's also reaping the benefits: Cold hard cash.
Rebecca Black may have felt the vitriol last week from her viral video, but she's also reaping the benefits: Cold hard cash.
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ebecca Black has drawn plenty of scorn for her headache-inducing single "Friday," which took the internet by storm last week. (See the painfully catchy video below.) But as much as her detractors may hate to admit it, the media glare surrounding the 13-year-old singer has produced at least one notable benefit: It's making her some serious money. Between her single's ascendancy on iTunes and its mega-popularity on YouTube, "Friday" is proving that a bad song can make very good money. Here's a look at the windfall, by the numbers:

$2,000
Amount Black's mother paid to ARK Music Factory, a vanity recording outfit, to produce the video

38,579,640
Number of YouTube views for Black's video as of this writing

495,682,499
Number of views for
Justin Bieber's "Baby," the current record-holder

2 to 1
Odds the British betting agency Ladbrokes offers for "Friday" to become the most-viewed YouTube video ever

1
Rough amount, in dollars, that YouTube grosses per 1,000 pageviews, based on 2010 numbers

68 percent
Amount of that YouTube ad revenue that goes to "content creators"

$26,000
What Black and ARK music factory have made from YouTube so far

1,300 percent
Return on Black's initial investment, based on YouTube income alone

42
Where Black's single falls on the iTunes chart as of Wednesday

70 cents
Amount iTunes pays for each single sold

37,000
Number of times "Friday" was downloaded last week, according to Billboard

98,000
Number of downloads for Adele, the #1 artist for the week

$24,900
Amount Billboard estimates Black is making a week on iTunes royalties

Sources: Doipod, Daily Mail, NME, New York Times, Billboard (2)

  

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