On the Radar: Friday without 'Friday,' solar groundbreaking, Saudi driving
Rebecca Black's 'Friday' video had gotten more than 170 million hits on YouTube.
June 17th, 2011
06:11 AM ET

On the Radar: Friday without 'Friday,' solar groundbreaking, Saudi driving

Three things you need to know today.

Where's 'Friday'?: This will be your first Friday in, well it seems like forever, that you can't kick off with a Rebecca Black "Friday" video fix from YouTube.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the clip, which had more than 167 million views, has been pulled.

“This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black. Sorry about that” is what you'll read when you click on the link.

The website NME.com reports that the video was pulled in a dispute with Ark Music, which wrote the track's music.

Solar power plant: Friday is the official groundbreaking for what is billed as the world's largest solar energy facility.

The Blythe Solar Power Project is being constructed on 7,000 acres of public lands in the desert of Riverside County, California.

When it is completed, the solar power plant will produce electricity to power 300,000 single-family homes for a year, its backers say. Using the plant's solar-generated electricity rather than fossil fuels will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million tons a year.

During construction, the plant is expected to create 1,066 construction jobs and almost 300 permanent jobs.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joins other state and local officials for Friday's groundbreaking.

Saudi driving: Saudi women are being encouraged to challenge the status quo and get behind the wheel Friday.

Though there are no traffic laws that make it illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts are often interpreted as a ban against female drivers.

The day is expected to be a test of wills - and authority - between police and the campaign, which has been publicized by Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

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Filed under: California • Celebrity • Energy • Environment • Music • Saudi Arabia • Showbiz • YouTube
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  1. timestickin

    Well,, I'm sorry then too.. I just wouldn't buy any of her cd's.. Thats what happens to people who get too full of themselfs..Biatch... I'll add her to my one hit wonder chart..

    June 17, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill McStickers

      In order to be a one hit wonder she'd have to have a hit. Technically her song was a trainwreck.

      June 17, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Blythe Man

    Find out about Blythe Man today! Ancient American art expressed on a Nazca line scale, right here in the USA.

    June 17, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Blythe Man

    Theory: Blythe Man came from no rain. Noticing that it rarely rained, ancient Americans would dance and try to send a message to whomever made it rain. But whomever didn't listen. Thinking whomever simply didn't notice them, the natives arranged some rocks to form a giant dancing man that can only be seen from the sky! Well, whomever wasn't impressed it seems. The people that made Blythe Man are all gone or own casinos. Blythe Man is still there though!

    June 17, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Whoever vs. Whomever

      @ Blythe Man: You may want to check your use of the word "whomever" by referring to the rules of grammar provided at http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/whoever.asp

      June 17, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. BostonAdam

    Whoa whoa hold the phone. You mean to tell me that someone actually WROTE THAT MUSIC?.. and not only that... but they want credit for it?!? Ouch... I thought the little girl just came up with it in the shower or something.

    June 17, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • lewis strong

      Good one. made it in the shower. hahahaha too funny. That video was not only terrible music but often ridiculed on you tube.

      June 17, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. G

    Wow, so the ONLY REASON she even got the exposure she did was due to having the video on Youtube, and they pull it? Whatever

    June 17, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. kim


    June 17, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    HATE HATE HATE. LET'S HATE THIS 13 YEAR OLD. I HATE YOU!! HOW DARE YOU REMOVE YOUR MUSIC!!! GO TO H*LL! Absurdity who cares? She probably pulled it because she as a 13 yr old couldnt handle being ripped a new one every 20 seconds by online tough guys/gals. I never listened to the song and now I feel like ive missed something lol

    June 17, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. goodness

    it was a mercy move. Have you ever looked at the likes VS dislikes? It was close to 20% liked it, 80% hated it. If you thought the internet hated Bieber, you'd think she was his wife. She's better off this way, maybe she can get a fresh start.

    June 17, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. broncodrew

    That “copyright issue” is probably a front for the fact that she stinks...They first pulled the comments from Youtube for the negative comments and now the video is probably pulled because the majority of votes where thumbs down. She's a big enough girl to try making a pop song, but not a big enough girl to deal with the blowback when the song sucks and the masses speak. In my opinion, this teen genre of cheesy, Radio Disney-friendly pop stinks, but even Justin Bieber has enough spine to deal with his detractors. If you don't have talent and stomach for the biz, stay out of the studio...lesson learned!!!

    June 17, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Burt

    Most likely Ark was being greedy and not sharing the love with RB. She probably wanted to renegotiate their contract or something and they told her to screw off, so the only way she could get back was to pull her video down and hurt Ark's sales. Not saying this is what happened. Just a guess.

    June 17, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
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    June 17, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. christian

    How much carbon emissions and fossil fuels will be used to construct the oh so green solar array!! (back ho's, trucks. bulldozers, cement , transport, production...)

    June 17, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. j0nx

    Who's Rebecca Black? Never heard of her myself.

    June 17, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Deep North

    When some Saudi woman gets killed or harassed to death by some zealot for driving, will Facebook and all the rest be held accountable?

    June 17, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joel

    She actually got a copyright on that? Hold on while I go dig up some of my old childhood art a la Maddox and get them protected!

    June 17, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
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