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Rebecca Black said she has stopped reading the negative comments written about her and her widely panned song “Friday.”
The tune, whose video has been viewed more than 35 million times on YouTube, has received a rash of angry online comments, including “I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you’ll get an eating disorder so you’ll look pretty.”
“I used to look at them all the time and I cried, you know, but I’m 13,” she said Tuesday on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. “Being a teenager, you know, you care what other people think about you, so I was like, ‘Oh, the world hates me; I’m gonna die.’ But now I don’t even read them, so they don’t bug me.”
The California singer said last week in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America that “I don’t think I’m the worst singer, but I don’t think I’m the best.”
“Friday” has reportedly been downloaded several hundred thousand times and is listed as No. 45 on iTunes best-selling singles list.
On Tuesday, Billboard reported that Black is making about $27,000 a week from the tune. According to 101 Distribution, an independent music distributor, iTunes pays 70 cents per download.
Black’s mom paid $2,000 to L.A.-based Ark Music Factory to record the song. Black has said she’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to Japan earthquake relief.
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