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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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Britney Premieres Video for “Hold It Against Me”

I’m not exactly a huge Britney fan, but her tunes are pretty catchy, so it’s not unusual for me to listen to them on the radio, but I think I only have one of her songs on my iPod. When I heard that her new song was releasing about a month ago, I listened to it the day it came out and it was exactly what I expected–a pop beat made for a night at the club with mediocre vocals. Typical Britney. At least she was consistent.

This video was jarring. There are so many things I don’t understand. Why is she in some strange Willy Wonka-like tunnel with cameras all around her? Why does it seem like she doesn’t know what to do with her hands when she’s in the tunnel? Why is she fighting a double of herself? What is even the concept of this video? Don’t even get me started on all the hands poking out of her dress.

My most important question: where is all the dancing? Britney’s choreographer, Brian Friedman, told MTV’s “The Seven” that this was going to be a dance video. He said as the video got closer and closer, they’d be hurting their backs. What little dancing I saw looked like it wasn’t even executed well by Britney, but the editing made it very hard to tell. The focus seemed to be more on key moves we’ve all seen (the dramatic arm in the face also in “I’m a Slave 4 U”) and her face. If this is what back-breaking rehearsal looks like, I’d hate to see what it looked like when they were just taking it easy.

It wasn’t really a bad video, but it was trying so hard to be artistic. Britney’s barely even an artist, so the thought that she’s artistic is a little laughable.

It’s not like this little review will even matter, though, Britney will always underperform and people will always buy her albums. It’s the way of the world.

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Everybody Knows That Kanye’s A Monster

 

Jay-Z in the music video for Kanye West's "Monster." The song and video also feature Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj.

What’s being called an unfinished version, I haven’t found sound confirmation that it’s not finished, of Kanye West’s Monster leaked onto the Internet today. It’s the latest in an unholy emergence of music videos trying desperately to be artistic, but just turning out to be awkward and, frankly, forgettable. Kanye raised the bar a little, as compared to the other videos (anyone seen “Loving You No More” by Diddy Dirty-Money?) by creating a video that was almost good. Too bad it just stayed in the realm of OK.

It’s nothing to write home about. In fact, I’m not going to write a lot here because I can barely remember most of it, with the exception of Nicki Minaj’s scene, which features her Barbie alter-ego tied up by her Nicki alter-ego. Her scene is really good. That, along with how laid back and, for lack of a better phrase, “chill” Jay-Z and Rick Ross are, is the only thing that saved the video from being a complete disaster. Other than that, there’s just a lot of models playing dead and running around dressed like various monsters. I don’t know what exactly Kanye was doing, but his presence isn’t really necessary; in the video or in the music industry.

I can’t embed the video on here, so check it out on YouTube.

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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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