(NEW YORK) — A legal dispute helped make Rebecca Black’s video the most-viewed clip on YouTube in 2011. Two versions of the annoyingly catchy song, “Friday,” had to be posted after a rights issue with Ark Music Factory led to one being removed, forcing a second to be uploaded to the video hosting site, owned by Google.
Both versions of the 14-year-old’s song were tabulated, making the total number of hits 180 million views. Black became an instant viral star during the past year, after her parents paid a production company to make a video for her. “Friday” became a global hit on the back of publicity surrounding the content of the video, the songs banal lyrics and the suspicion that Rebecca’s voice was “auto-tuned.”
The second most popular video of 2011 was Ultimate Dog Tease, featuring an owner voicing reactions of his dog being taunted by talk of food. Third was an SNL digital short which showed singer Michael Bolton as an over-enthusiastic Pirates of the Caribbean fan.
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Sandra Gonzalez, CNN
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications