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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  1. Jason

    NOOOO!!! How can little kids now learn of Friday!?! or watch (a little bigger) Usher in that video?!?.. or forever scar the life of Rebecca Black when she grows up?

    June 17, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Noah

      How will we ever find out what comes afterward?!

      June 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. geroge

    Well, like they say, "once you have a hit under your belt, you'lll want credit for it." in this situation, its CASH!!! Sorry, but i dont think ill be missing that video for awhile. And why is she even smiling in that picture, doesn't she know that shes famous for a song that sounds like a 5 yr old couldve sang it better!! Sorry to say, but i hope for her sake in the future to read the lyrics and understand what shes getting into. (besides, i already downloaded it to make fun at partys when i DJ).

    June 17, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      does it sound bad? yes. Did she make bank off it? yup. So as a teenage girl, should she care? nope. she cant sing, but im happy for her

      June 17, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      George, she's smiling because she knows that silly little song has made her more money in just a couple of months then you'll ever make in your life. That thought makes me smile too.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. jameswest

    Shes real good for real.I cant believe no one loves the music,you people dont have any taste at all.Its fun,fun ,fun video

    June 17, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    I purposely don't listen to the radio on fridays so I won't hear this trash.....

    June 17, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chang

    Nice Smile,...

    June 17, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Moocow

    So there is justice in the world? I'll only have be exposed to this garbage if I actually choose to pay for it? Thank you!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hun

    Who? Am I really that out of touch?

    June 17, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      No, you're not out of touch. You're just one of those people who thinks it's clever to post "Who?".

      June 17, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. How

    Wow – Face it America – WE LOVE JAILBAIT!!! How else can you explain this? That song is terrible!! Can we all just come to terms with this? 167 million views? thats more than half of the population of US. We all know why we watch this....don't fight it...

    June 17, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Um, No, perv. People watch it because it's hilariously bad, not because we're pedo's like you.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      167 million views does not mean 167 million unique people viewing the video.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tomgregg

      Go Pervo. Rah, rah, rah.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. ummm.. what?

    Women in Saudi Arabia are challenging the status quo by getting behind the wheel.... And people care more to comment about a young girl and her 'horrible' song. This is precisely what is wrong with our society.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Maryland, USA

    Thousands of Rebecca Blacks could have been the first to sing Friday. But only one person could have composed it. If anyone deserves credit and fame, it's the songwriter.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Just Say No to WASPs

    Strange how talentless garbage can become so popular in America. Put down the tabloids and take care of your family and neighbors for once. @ Joe – Sorry man, but it is because America loves jail bait, I don't know what fantasy island you're from but maybe you should watch To Catch a Predator and see how many people they arrest in one day. Wake up man; if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yes12345

    Eh, it looks like this Friday will still have 'Friday'

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vBAm7U9Oec

    June 17, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. SGT J

    I don't have a problem with Muslims per se, It's women in general I find scary behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nick

    I never realized how hot she was. Copyright infringement? It made you a star hun......I always liked the saying "You can't fix stupid."

    June 17, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You need to read the story a little more carefully, genius. She isn't making a copyright claim on it...that's the note that is on the original video that was posted. In reality, the company that wrote the song is making some sort of claim. Funny, since they relinquished all rights to it when her mom shelled out $2k in the first place.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I understood the concept. Its like when major record labels....and it happens often, pulls a video from youtube for using an artist's song....which is free promotion. I am not talking about her specifically, "why did you pull the video?" when you reach this "level" of success you do not typically trouble yourself with "such things". I am saying to who had the claim, stupid.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FISHEO3gsM

    Everyone's overlooking the true meaning of this song; released in an era of turmoil and high change. Rosa Parks on the bus, wondering "which seat do I take?", the people at Woodstock who "had to have 'cereal'".

    Don't pay any attention to that shameless cover by Black.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
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