Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Video: We Love How It Was Influenced By *NSYNC's 'Girlfriend'

Fri, May 4, 2012 11:39am EST by 16 Comments

Talk about a blast from the past! From the girls, to the dancing and even the clothes– there’s no denying that Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” music video was influenced by *NSYNC’s “Girlfriend” video from 2002. And we absolutely LOVE that.

As an *NSYNC girl now turned Belieber (still a syncer at heart), I absolutely loved the similarity between Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend” video and *NSYNC’s “Girlfriend” video — with Justin Timberlake as the main guy.

Both videos are set in a parking lot filled with attractive women and cool cars. Everyone is dancing, listening to music and just having a good time. One difference is “Boyfriend” is during the day — and “Girlfriend” is at night. Also, Justin Bieber doesn’t have four more beliebers dancing on top of cars with him. But aside from that, it’s all eerily familiar.

The main lady in “Girlfriend” looks a lot like the one in “Boyfriend.” In fact, all the girls in both videos look and are dressed the same way: a mix of crop tops, jeans, and leather duds. Ten years later and not much has changed!  Also, the boys in both videos do dangerous donuts in their cars and give cute, affectionate nose kisses to their leading ladies. Hmm!

Not to mention they’re very similar as people, too.  Their names are Justin, they both like brunettes, they have two songs that are similarly named (“Boyfriend” and “Girlfriend”), and now they have two music videos that look like they were shot on the same day.

But reportedly this obvious resemblance was totally mistaken. Justin Bieber said that he’s never even seen *NSYNC’s “Girlfriend” in an an interview on May 2.

And the final director of the film told MTV that he just wanted to show Justin having fun.

“It was just cars and the simplicity that they liked. Cars, girls, just young people hanging out, having fun, that kind of thing. When I heard it, I thought that’s what it should be,” Director X told MTV.

But I think this video came as a total shock to fans! The videos Justin teased of him moon-walking and being clawed at by dozens of women were very Michael Jackson-esque. Nothing like the *NYSYNC resemblance we saw last night! This change in direction apparently came when the original “Boyfriend” director, Colin Tilley, was canned from the project, according to Idolator.com.

The reasoning is unknown, but some have speculated that it’s because the first version was too mature for Justin’s audience.

Either way, I think having the “Girlfriend” influence was totally perfect for fans of all ages — like me, a dinosaur from the *NSYNC days.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think “Boyfriend” is similar to “Girlfriend”? Vote and watch the videos below.

[MTV]

Watch Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’

Watch *NSYNC’s “‘Girlfriend’

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nura

Posted at 12:13 PM on June 9, 2012  

I have never liked Justin Bieber and am not a fan of his music (or even his girlfriend). But, to be fair, Bieber shouldn’t be the one to get the brunt of it. Shouldn’t most of the blame fall on the composer of the song and the creative director(?) of this song?

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pan

Posted at 3:38 PM on May 8, 2012  

JUSTIN BIEBER IS REALLY COOL I LOVE BOYFRIEND. <3 <3 <3
OUT. XOXOXO

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kiki polam

Posted at 6:17 PM on May 7, 2012  

hi

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kendra b

Posted at 1:16 PM on May 7, 2012  

that’s not any of my business i can not comment cause girlfriend was an orginal to my generation i could not have noticed justin bieber got infulded i was watching girl gone wild madonna

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Ana

Posted at 12:22 PM on May 7, 2012  

Absolutly Bieber didn`t copy only the video also the sound of N`Sync wich is better 10000 times then this kid ;)

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Yasmin

Posted at 3:59 PM on May 5, 2012  

stupid kid!! he’s just a copykid, liar!!

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Yaya

Posted at 1:58 PM on May 5, 2012  

I was a fan of NSYNC and I watching the “Girlfriend” video just reminded how good JC sings. JC should get together with Robin Thicke and write some songs.

As for the JB, he should have stuck with the original video. How can it be too mature for his audience. Isn’t that the point to get a new audience. This just reminded everyone of NSYNC lol

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JustMeHEY

Posted at 7:41 AM on May 5, 2012  

I still cant figure out why this kid is even famous.

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Kervin

Posted at 9:26 AM on May 6, 2012  

Unlike you , he never gave up on his dreams and is talented

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Angela

Posted at 11:13 PM on May 6, 2012  

A talent that’s used on singing cliches. Was that his dream? Let’s face it everyone. He’s famous because girls are attracted to him and his songs are catchy. He’s not a singer. He’s just a heartthrob with an album and a fragrance FOR WOMEN.

BTW, this song is ridiculous. Lyrics are so predictable and half of it was being whispered not sung.

 
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Daniela

Posted at 11:43 PM on May 4, 2012  

Justinn wants to be the new jt

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helllokitty2142

Posted at 6:01 PM on May 4, 2012  

Yeah NSYNC’S will always be better than Justin…man I miss them so much!!

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ashley

Posted at 3:14 PM on May 4, 2012  

Vote robsten and twilight at 2012 MTV movie awards tell everybody and facebook

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hayley

Posted at 2:52 PM on May 4, 2012  

Justin Bieber said that he’s never even seen *NSYNC’s “Girlfriend” in an an interview on May 2.

OKAY I’m pretty sure he saw the video. Nsync girlfriend was only 10 years ago.I think Justin is creepy. Plus a little cocky.

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itzel

Posted at 2:51 PM on May 4, 2012  

Yeah i think they stayed in the safety zone cuz of that…. one talk show (today show i think)was criticizing it so i think they didnt want to confront a CBT moment ala Miley Cyrus. this version is nice but the FIRST one was definitely gonna be iconic. i dint like the makeup on girls tho. BUT W.E PRINCE OF POP is here to stay <3

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Naomi

Posted at 1:25 PM on May 4, 2012  

This just shows how originality in music videos these days is fading rapidly.

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