Rebecca Black Has Been Working on an Album Since 'Friday' – And It's Almost Ready

07/23/2015 AT 05:50 PM EDT

Rebecca Black's debut single may have made her an Internet sensation, but her long-awaited album is going to be a different kind of fun (fun, fun, fun).

"It's definitely not like "Friday" or like "Saturday" or anything I've really released, which is why I'm a little nervous about it," the singer/YouTuber revealed on the PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly VidCon stage on Thursday.

But while the recent high school graduate says that she's been working on her debut album (which she hopes to have out before the end of the year) since the "Friday" video hit the web, it wasn't until recently that things really started to take shape.

"I found a producer that I could work with well and that really understood what I wanted," Black said. "A lot of it beforehand was sort of like songs picked for me, and I wasn't really cool with that. Once I started actually getting into the writing process and being a writer on every song and loving and really connecting with every song, I think we are creating something really magical."

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Black also revealed that the inspiration for her new sound ("indie-alternative," she says) came from the music she likes to listen to and her own life experiences – after all, she wrote most of the record while she was still finishing up her senior year of high school.

As for her infamous breakthrough single, well, Black doesn't "regret that at all," she said. "I'm proud of it."

But that doesn't mean she's not eager to leave "Friday" behind her: "I think the joke is ... past."

Reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ
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