Don't Let Justin Bieber's 'New' 'Boyfriend' Video Fool You (VIDEOS)

justin bieber boyfriend videoJustin Bieber was just 8 years old when N'Sync released the music video for their hit single "Girlfriend." That makes me feel really old, but then again, I am 10 years his senior. Which means I'm old enough to remember the tune to "Girlfriend," and to realize that when I first heard Bieber's much anticipated new single, "Boyfriend," it sounded waaaaay too familiar. I seriously put my foot on the brake while driving out of my parking lot and said, "OMG. This is a total N'Sync RIP-OFF!" 

Now, the plot has thickened ... Not only is the song so much like the pop track from 2002, but the accompanying music video, which premiered yesterday, is also almost exactly like N'Sync's video for "Girlfriend." Down to the set, the props, the dance moves, even the types of girls cast! This had to be intentional, right? An "homage"?? 

NO! Bieber was asked that Q and the kid acted completely dumbfounded. Claims he's never even seen the "Girlfriend" video. OH PLEASE, kid! You have got to be joking. (I "belieb" that as much as I "belieb" that he's still a virgin ... Yeah. I went there.) Even if Bieber himself really never saw the 10-year-old video, I'll bet some big shot over there in Camp Justin certainly had and decided it definitely wouldn't occur to Biebs' fan base, so they might as well just copy and paste the whole damn thing.

And the least they could have done would have been to prep the poor kid before he was bombarded with interview Qs about it! Have him say yes, he owes his pop tart tush to the boy bands of yesteryear, and the video concept for "Boyfriend" was meant as a tribute to one of his predecessors (Justin Timberlake, obvs). Instead, he said:

[Timberlake] was young, and he did it, and he was really amazing and had such amazing music. I can't say that I would be upset when someone compares me to him.

Yeah, maybe Bieber should run for public office someday, because he totally circumvented the issue. Oh well. Ripoff or not, the kiddies could care less, being that N'Sync is about as relevant to them as CD-ROMs and Saved By the Bell. Let 'em enjoy. But those of us who know better should be completely disappointed in Biebs' "creative directors," because this totally recycled direction is anything but creative.

For comparison's sake, here's N'Sync's "Girlfriend" video ...


And Bieber's "Boyfriend" ...

What do you think -- total ripoff, homage, or neither?


Image via JustinBieberVEVO/YouTube

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Kris Gamble

Maybe it was the director ripping N'Sync off. I don't want to defend Justin at every turn since I don't even know him, but the only thing I'm rolling my eyes at is how everyone loves to assume the worst of him.Also... why would someone Justin's age care about N'Sync?

David Didio

Listen to Hero by Nas, I can't be the only one who notices this.

nonmember avatar Emme

It's weird to see Lance Bass in the video now knowing that he's gay since he's snuggling up with a girl. What must he be thinking and feeling?

nonmember avatar abbey

okay, i'll be honest, i thought you were talking out the side of your neck (as we old school folk say) but then I actually listened. somebody got to pay some royalties, this sound quite similar to me and the video? hello? quite similar...too much to be a simple coincidence.

sofia... sofia0587

Its funny my boyfriend said that bieber is sounding alot like timberlake

cocob... cocobeannns

I said the same thing when I first heard Boyfriend. It sounds very similar, and the video is very similar as well. How original Bieber. He tries too hard too be like Timberlake. I can't have any respect for artists who blatantly rip off other artists and pass it off as their own. (Looking at you, Gaga).

Whitney Grube Rehm

And "The Whisper Song" by I think it's the Ying Yang Twins. This song is just a ripoff all around.

momto... momtolittleg

Totally see the similarities in the videos, but not so much the songs.  I thought the whole video was going to be like the beginning- why does it change??

nonmember avatar jess

i kind of liked the first part of the video a lot more before they changed it. the two songs sound very similar, but then again, it's top 40 pop, and there's not a lot of room for originality, sad as that is.

nonmember avatar Neno

Two key points to realize here. Justin Bieber did not write or produce that song. Mike Posner did. In addition, I'm pretty sure the video's concept was not his. There definitely seems to be substantial refabrication here, but just not on little, naive Justin's part. Just a point of view from an impartial peer.

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