YouTube hit "Friday" upends Gaga and Bieber videos
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Teen YouTube sensation Rebecca Black sings gleefully about the weekend in her Web video hit "Friday," -- and now the 13 year-old has something even more exciting to crow about.
"Friday" has been viewed online more than Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Justin Bieber's "Pray," Visible Measures, a company that tracks performance of Web videos said on Monday.
Black's low-budget video, which the California teen made with a boutique record label, has generated nearly 100 million views on YouTube since it was posted online on February 10.
But Visible Measures said that including copies of the video, spoofs and other versions available on hundreds of video sites, "Friday" has generated more than 200 million views.
By comparison, looking at the same measurement, Gaga's video for her single "Born This Way" has generated more than 180 million online views, Visible Measures said. Bieber's "Pray" has produced over 65 million views, the company said.
"Born This Way" was released in late February and Bieber's "Pray" came out late last year.
In Black's video "Friday," she can be seen riding in a car with friends and singing "fun, fun, think about fun."
Some critics have blasted the song for being simplistic and glossy, but it has won Black appearances on national television, tens of thousands of sales on Apple's iTunes and chart entries in the United States, the UK, Australia and Canada.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant)
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