Rebecca Black

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About New York City in Songs

The next time you’re tempted to write a song about the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of,” do New Yorkers a favor: don’t. The latest pop homage to New York comes via virtual unknown Catey Shaw and “Brooklyn Girls,” an anthem for young female transplants riding the L train from their apartments in Bushwick to Williamsburg, asserting their edginess by wearing combat boots in the summer. It’s suddenly started to go viral, three days after its release — yesterday afternoon, “Brooklyn Girls” had 7,000 views on YouTube. As of press time, it has 105,000. A great deal of its rise to prominence is attributable to the instant backlash from Brooklynites intimately familiar with the world Shaw describes (i.e., many music bloggers). … Read More

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A Selection of Celebrities Responding to Their Own Internet Memes

The Internet is a terrifying place for anyone with even the smallest amount of name recognition. After all, look what it did to Rebecca Black, and she wasn’t even remotely famous or popular before Reddit, 4chan, and Tumblr got a hold of her. It stands to reason that celebrities are at least a little aware of the crazy stuff we do with their likenesses online, but it’s still always a bit of a shock to hear an actor actually talking about a meme or a fan work. We put together some of our favorite instances of this particular phenomenon – just don’t freak out when you find out that your favorite TV or movie stars know about the fan fiction you write! … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were blown away by Seth Casteel’s awesome underwater dog photography. We met the oldest thing in the world. We watched Daniel Radcliffe pick up right where Ralph Fiennes left off with the Harry Potter erotic fan fiction. We appreciated Maura Johnston’s handy guide… Read More

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What YouTube’s Most Watched Videos of 2011 Say About Us

Always offering a slice of life, YouTube has revealed their top ten viral videos of the year. The most-watched clips include talking animals, babies, creeps, and Michael Bolton (not to be confused with “creeps”). Check out the list past the break where we try to figure out what each ranking says about us as a society. Leave your theories below. … Read More

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Watch Google’s ‘Zeitgeist: Year in Review’ Video

Whether or not you personally enjoy Facebook’s new Timeline design, it certainly makes one thing obvious: nothing tells the story of who we were at any given moment better than what we were posting about online. Perhaps that’s why we always find Google’s Zeitgeist roundups so fascinating; by examining the most searched names of the year, we get a handy snapshot of what dominated the cultural conversation — at least on the Internet. Yet as with Timeline, the results can be both a bit confusing and embarrassing. Take for example, this year’s most frantically searched topic, Rebecca Black of “Friday” fame, with the strange bedfellows of Google+, Ryan Dunn, Casey Anthony, and Battlefield 3 filling out the top five. Hopefully we haven’t scared you off yet. Click through to see the most Googled people, places, and things of 2011 distilled into a handy clip, and if you’re interested really getting your hands dirty digging through the various top 10 lists, head over to the official Zeitgeist site. … Read More

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The Most Surprising Twitter Trends of 2011

Twitter has revealed its top trending topics for 2011 — a list that always manages to surprise us on some level every year. With millions of voices chattering in one place, the breakdown provides a fascinating snapshot of popular culture — and yes, highlights plenty of trends we should probably feel embarrassed about wasting our precious 140 characters on. If you told us on New Year’s Day that some of these names, events, and subjects would have been the words at everyone’s fingertips, we’d have been shocked. What didn’t trend is equally curious, and we examine it all past the break. Ignore the insane ramblings of today’s “#nevertrustagirl” and “#YouKnowAFatPersonInvented” topics, and see what surprised us in this year in review. Leave your picks below. … Read More

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10 Internet Memes That Became Commercials

Just when we thought the Rebecca Black meme had finally gone the way of All Your Base, it’s back — in the form of a Kohl’s commercial encouraging us to shop on Black Friday, no less. Over the weekend, we saw the ad just about every time we turned on our TV, to our great despair. The ordeal got us thinking about the big business of Internet memes, which are turning up more and more often in mainstream advertisements. After the jump, we look at Antoine Dodson, Honey Badger, and many more online celebrities who became pitchmen. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon brought in another $47 million at the box office this weekend, making it the highest-grossing film so far this year at $261 million. What’s possibly even more depressing: Zookeeper managed to take in $21 million during its debut weekend. Shame on you, America. [via TV Guide]

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were impressed by Kate Middleton’s incredibly appropriate Canada Day hat. We streamed a rather promising song from the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan album. We were thrilled by the news that Bridesmaids is now the highest-grossing Judd Apatow-produced movie of all time after knocking aside Knocked Up.… Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Veruca Salt

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: if only to sustain your Easter-fueled candy buzz, Roald Dahl’s magnificent uber-brat, Veruca Salt. … Read More

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