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Reporter Tags Along with a Savvier Rebecca Black

On this Friday, the Orange County Register goes with the perfect-fit topic of revisiting the remarkable year enjoyed by local YouTube sensation Rebecca Black. Reporter Peter Larsen accompanied Black on Thursday as she did interviews with KTLA, E! and HollywoodLife.com to discuss claiming both the top Google search spot and top YouTube ranking for 2011.

By framing the article with tidbits from each interview, he cleverly shows just how far the singer has come in nine months. Larsen also tips what’s on the board for the 14-year-old CEO of RB Friday Inc. in 2012:

In the spring, she’ll star as one of the lead voice actors in the English-language version of Bunny Fu, which reportedly is the most successful Chinese animated movie ever. [Her manager Debra] Baum says there are also talks about doing a feature film based on Black’s unlikely Cinderella story of success.

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TIME Magazine Clotheslines Kris Humphries

It’s that time of year when the weekly news magazines go haywire with Top Ten lists. Over at the healthier TIME end of the publishing spectrum, there are a whopping 54 compilations to choose from.

For FishbowlLA’s money, nothing says “2011” quite like the category of “Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities.” And in a cruel, ironic twist (or as a reflection of good work by the Kardashian publicists), it is not Khloe, Kim or Khourtney who tops this particular Megan Gibson rundown, but rather an innocent NBA bystander:

Short as it was, we’re guessing that the [Kim Kardashian] marriage lasted longer than our memory of Humphries will.

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Reporter Diagrams Rise of @TheBillWalton

The follower count for the parody Twitter account @TheBillWalton now sits at around 37,500. Not stratospheric, by any means, but also not bad for somewhat of an esoteric goof.

Adam Penenberg, a contributor to Fast Company, caught up with the LA-New York writer duo that operates the account. Like fellow interviewee @NotBurtReynolds, the faux authors prefer to remain anonymous. But the pair did share some follower-building secrets:

“We started by tweeting at various well-known basketball players and figures… Then Jalen Rose tweeted back at us and we jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand followers in just hours. We kept adding followers throughout the NCAA basketball tournament and NBA playoffs.

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Tribune Site Falls for Phony Rebecca Black Flyer

We give Zap2It.com associate editor Liz Kelly Nelson full credit for the way she takes responsibility for an erroneous item that ran on the site last Friday, March 18th.

Turns out a flyer (pictured) announcing an upcoming tour of U.S. shopping malls by YouTube singing sensation Rebecca Black (“Friday”) was all just an elaborate Photoshop hoax. Nelson and her LA colleagues lean on the New York Times in today’s correction, but that’s fine. Media misery loves company.

The bigger question is who the hell would go to the trouble of such a prank? There’s no clear benefit, unless this is some kind of ultra-stealth mall marketing endeavor. Or perhaps a sneaky ruse to drive web traffic to listed agency TicketWeb.com.

Maybe the culprits are the graphic designer and-or opening acts listed at the very bottom of the ad.

Yesterday was Thursday | Fielding | Two Dope Boyz

  • TVSpy: A Charlotte morning team decided it would be fun to spoof the Rebecca Black “Friday” video. The plan backfired when it ended up being better than the original.
  • AgencySpy: Kevin Costner is doing voice over for some MLB ads. Please, please, don’t make any Field of Dreams jokes if you mention this to your friends.
  • PRNewser: The Co-Founder of OutCast Agency is leaving to join Facebook. We have to be honest: We only linked to this because it made us think of Outkast.

OC Register Lands First Interview with Viral Star Rebecca Black

The 13-year-old Anaheim Hills teen at the center of YouTube’s latest viral storm, Rebecca Black, says she was devastated by the first wave of negative online comments made by viewers of her music video “Friday,” currently at 16 million views and counting. “I think I broke down in tears just about then,” she tells the Orange County Register.

To her credit, after talking with her parents about the idea of removing the video from YouTube, Black decided to keep it posted. The daughter of two veterinarians recorded the infamous weekday ode in January, and was first alerted to the impending viral tide last Friday (ahem), March 11, when a friend texted that the video had been added to the blog for Comedy Central’s Tosh.O.

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