Rebecca Black, the teenage YouTube star who was dubbed the "worst singer in the world", has been placed under police protection after receiving two death threats. Rebecca Black's internet hit 'Friday' has been viewed over 110 million times online, attracting mainly criticism, reports the UK's Daily Mail.
The 13-year-old shot to fame after her heavily auto-tuned hit went viral within days of hitting the web. She has since received two death threats, one over the phone and another via email. Anaheim California Police are now said to be keeping a watchful eye on the youngster. Black appeared on 'Good Morning America' last month following the first barrage of criticism, saying, "The worst thing I've read was I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty, and I hope you go cut and die", adding, "When I first saw all these nasty comments I did cry. I felt like this was my fault and I shouldn't have done this and this is all because of me. Now I don't feel that way". The singer's mother paid $2000 to the boutique record label 'Ark Music Factory' to the have the now infamous song and video produced. Black has reportedly earned somewhere in the region of $20,000 through YouTube's revenue sharing plan, as well as "thousands of dollars" from iTunes sales.
The hit Fox series Glee recently announced that it would be performing Rebecca Black's viral hit on a forthcoming episode of the show.