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Side-by-Side: Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’ & Justin Timberlake’s ‘Like I Love You’

As I’m writing this, I just realized both their names are Justin. That was totally a coincidence, to be clear. I don’t troll around looking for similar videos from artists with the same first name.

Since I have to stay up on my teen popular culture (I’ll say it’s because I just started doing social media for a teen magazine and want to work in the teen market, but I may secretly enjoy teen culture.), I watched Justin Bieber’s new video for “Boyfriend” Thursday night. I’m going to ignore the fact that the intro made me think my computer couldn’t handle all the teen idol gushing off of the Biebs and turned off, when it was actually just some sort of editing effect. Aside from the fact that the girl in video looks extremely uncomfortable (Was Selena on set or something?) and isn’t into him at all, I was instantly reminded of Justin Timberlake’s first solo music video for “Like I Love You.” J.T. chose a lead in the video who could at least pretend to find him attractive and wasn’t always looking off camera (I swear Selena must have been on the set.), but the whole let’s-dance-in-a-crowded-parking-lot-while-we-try-to-pick-up-a-girl scene took me back a while. They also both do a lot of foot movements and wiggle their shoulders, which I guess is supposed to be sexy. Honestly, it just makes me think they’re shaking a mosquito off or something.

Of course, Justin Bieber’s is exclusively in a parking lot, as he stars into the dead eyes of his lady love. (Sorry, but I just can’t get over how long he made us wait just to see some girl who acts like he had bad breath or something.) J.T. branches out a bit, using some sort of stage and dancing around in leather pants. And can we please not ignore Timberlake’s crotchet hat and the fact that he’s wearing 7-11 shirt at a 7-11! Why did we allow celebrities to dress like this and say nothing? Past fashion critics, you should’ve done better.

I don’t know what you think, but it seems to me that Bieber is using some past inspiration. With J.T.’s track record, it’s a good move. I just wish Mr. Timberlake would do something musical again. Why do we let Jessica Biel stick around if she’s not even encouraging him to get back in the studio? Jess, you have the power to put an end to his hiatus!

Did I mention I like both of these songs? Because I do. Watch and listen, guys. And let me know if there are any other parking lot pick-up videos from pseudo R&B/Pop artists that I should be aware of.

“Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber

“Like I Love You” by Justin Timberlake

Update [5.4.12 at 9:36 p.m.]: MTV Style compared this video to N*Sync’s “Girlfriend” and I definitely see the similarity there, too.

“Girlfriend” by N*Sync

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Matt LeBlanc Returns to TV

Just when you’d gotten over the bad taste in your mouth that was caused by bad fall premieres (Anyone catch an episode of Undercovers before they pulled the plug?), it’s time for winter premieres. I’ve heard some whispers around the water cooler about the fall season, which will be packed with remakes and shows based on archetypes instead of actually creating complex characters (The critic in me is excited, but the TV-watcher side is sad.), which is the downfall of network television. So, I’m looking to winter for some shows that may be able to give me a little satisfaction before the remake invasion.

Enter, Episodes. The return of Matt LeBlanc, aka Joey from Friends and from the short-lived sitcom named after the same character. Episodes has the quality of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm by portraying a well-known person in the entertainment industry who is playing a version of himself. Basically, Matt LeBlanc is playing Matt LeBlanc. I’m not fond of the narrator in the trailer because it makes it sound a little outdated. (It actually reminds me of the trailer for Breakfast at Tiffany’s). But the show looks promising. I like the idea of British actors and American actors together, but it’s probably going to be a challenge if they plan on meshing the two genres of humor because they’re so different. Comedy usually doesn’t travel well across the Atlantic.

Could this be the return of Matt LeBlanc? Or, more importantly, the catch phrase, “How you doing?”

The show premieres in January of next year.

Be sure to check out what to expect from other television shows next year courtesy of New York Magazine. (I’m obsessed with them.) Of course, I will be putting in my two cents on some of them after they premiere.

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Facebook Revolutionizes Messaging

I used to think Disney secretly owned the world, but now I think Facebook is not-so-slowly taking it from them. Their new messaging system is revolutionary.

At first, the thought of getting a Facebook e-mail address seemed stupid. But when I watched the above video, I took back every thought I ever had about it being a dumb idea. It’s a much smarter idea than traditional e-mail. One of the most important things you need to think about when making any content is your audience and Facebook took everyone into consideration, even people who aren’t in their core demographic but who are important to their demographic (your grandmother who doesn’t have a computer, much less a Facebook) into consideration.

I think it’s time for the so-called techy people to stop idolizing Steve Jobs and his black shirt and to start looking up to the guys at Facebook. They’re making people like Jobs and Bill Gates look like they never worked a day in their lives.

Watch the video for more information and read the article on to see how to upgrade your Facebook messaging.

Answered: Who’s the Hot Guy in Nicki Minaj’s “Right Thru Me” Video?

French model Willie Monfret shows off his fit body. He plays Nicki Minaj's love interest in her music video for "Right Thru Me."

After the premiere of Nicki Minaj’s video for her single “Right Thru Me,” women almost broke the Internet with talk about her hunky love interest. I was curious, so I did a little digging.

His name is Willy Monfret and he’s a model from France. His ethnicity is French and African.

Monfret isn’t just a gorgeous face. He was a track star before he became a model, but an injury ended that chapter of his life. But don’t feel sorry for him. In addition to having modeled on numerous fashion campaigns and on the runway, he also has a master’s degree in business and, according to his Myspace, he’s working on a French fashion brand called Shams. Did I mention he’s also a DJ?

He’s the total package–cute, educated and driven.

Plus, he’s on Twitter and Facebook!

While you’re at it, follow me on Tumblr for a more photographic version of popular culture. I always follow back.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch Nicki Minaj’s “Right Thru Me” below. (Look for a post later on Nicki’s natural beauty look in this video.)

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What are designers trying to tell us?


Click on the picture to see the other drawings and the New York Times Style Magazine

I was surfing the net when I came across a few goddesses that are the inspiration for a few designers this spring.

You think they’re trying to tell us something with these looks?

The goddess on the far left is the goddess of hunt. The outfit is more for someone trying to make splash at a party. All eyes would be on anyone who walked in a party wearing this. It’s very couture chic and if it was in season, I could see it on a red carpet, but all the red carpets are from like the fall to the end of winter. But it seems like a woman trying to hunt down a man would find no problem when all eyes are on her in this very put together piece.

The middle picture is of the goddess of marriage. It’s very Grecian as we know it. Straight out of Animal House. A woman in this looks very sophisticated and approachable. This goddess was also very tempermental. It exemplifies everything many wives are. The outfit makes a woman look mature, if it is done in a more modern way, and a man would see her as someone he could marry, not just sleep with.

The right picture is of the the ultimate flower child, the goddess of flowers. She is all set for a luncheon with the girls or a lunch date with her special someone. It’s very fun and youthful, which makes it a very good look for the spring. No matter how old you are, you can feel young in something flowery. I have a flower shirt that makes me feel youthful, even though I am only 20, which I don’t always feel.

An outfit is more than just something to wear. It says something about who you are and what you want from your life at that very moment. What do your clothes say about you? If they don’t say the right thing, it might be time to go shopping.

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Spring Must-Have

So, I am casusunglassesally surfing the net looking at fashion accessories I can’t afford as a college student, which is everything. I come across a must-have for a spring, a few actually, but this is my favorite because I just started wearing my contacts again.

Sunglasses with a dark tint and a lighter frame are in. No more picking from just white, black or brown frames in lieu of those bright 80s glasses. You can start looking for more pastels and smaller, more rounded aviators. The whole thing looks a lot more chic and grown up. I have been rocking big sunglasses for a long time, but I’m getting tired of the juvenile nature of the design. These look so much more mature.

If you’re growing up and have decided to look like a high schooler anymore, find these shades! The ones pictured start at $390, so I wouldn’t recommend breaking the bank to be the first in town with this new trend. You can be patient, especially in this economy, and wait for them show up at your mall.

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