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"Boyfriend" is a song by Justin Bieber, released as the first single from his third studio album, Believe (2012). It was written and produced by Mike Posner, Matthew Musto and Mason Levy, with additional writing by Bieber. Bieber explained that the track would surprise people in different ways, since it is a musical departure from his previous material. A snippet of "Boyfriend" was previewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 1, 2012. The song was announced as a single on the same day, and was released on March 26, 2012. The cover art was released on March 19, 2012.

Musically, "Boyfriend" is a R&B and hip-hop influenced song that features club beats reminiscent of American record producer Pharrell Williams and pop band 'N Sync. The instrumentation is kept in a lower sound to highlight Bieber's vocals. The lyrics of "Boyfriend" features Bieber singing about being "everything you want", and have references to songs by Beyoncé Knowles, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. The song received generally mixed reviews from contemporary critics, who praised its composition, but dismissed its lyrical content. They also noted that it is too similar to early works by Justin Timberlake.

Performances Edit

Music videoEdit

Boyfriend
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General information
Shot May 3, 2012
Director(s) Colin Tilley, Director X
Length 3:31
Cinematography by
Editor(s)
Choreographer
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The music video was first directed by Colin Tilley,who previously worked with Bieber on the music video for "U Smile". Filming sessions occurred on the week of March 28, 2012, and took place in a studio located in California. They had a fire scene, an ice scene. On April 3, 2012, a teaser of the clip was unveiled by Bieber.

Later it was reported that the music video directed by Tilley was scrapped and re-shot with Director X on the week of April 21, 2012. The second version of the video premiered on May 3, 2012 on MTV. Director X summarized the synopsis of the video saying, "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."

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Justin Bieber - Boyfriend

Trivia Edit

  • According to Mike Posner from Justin's Believe, the song was going to be called "Inside Of Your Bedroom". However, Posner disliked it and then they came up with the title "Boyfriend".
  • 'Boyfriend' broke the record for most views in 24 hours!

CoverEdit

Justin invited his fans to participate in one of the creative decisions for the "Boyfriend" single. Two potential cover arts were published on Bieber's website, and fans were encouraged to vote for which one they preferred. The cover with the most votes became the official cover for the single.

LyricsEdit

[Verse 1]
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go
I can take you places you ain't never been before
Baby, take a chance or you’ll never ever know
I got money in my hands that I’d really like to blow
Swag, swag, swag, on you
Chillin' by the fire while we eatin’ fondue
I don't know about me but I know about you
So say hello to falsetto in three, two, swag

[Pre-Chorus]
I’d like to be everything you want
Hey girl, let me talk to you

[Chorus]
If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone
I can be a gentleman, anything you want
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go

[Verse 2]
Tell me what you like yeah tell me what you don’t
I could be your Buzz Lightyear, fly across the globe
I don’t ever wanna fight yeah, you already know
Imma make you shine bright like you’re laying in the snow
Burr
Girlfriend, girlfriend, you could be my girlfriend
You could be my girlfriend until the w-w-world ends
Make you dance do a spin and a twirl and
Voice goin crazy on this hook like a whirlwind
Swaggie

[Pre-Chorus]
I’d like to be everything you want
Hey girl, let me talk to you

[Chorus]
If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone
I can be a gentleman, anything you want
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go

[Bridge]
So give me a chance, ‘cause you’re all I need girl
Spend a week with your boy I’ll be calling you my girlfriend
If I was your man (If I was your man), I’d never leave you girl
I just want to love and treat you right

[Chorus]
If I was your boyfriend (boyfriend), never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone (never be alone)
I can be a gentleman (gentleman), anything you want
If I was your boyfriend (boyfriend), I’d never let you go, never let you go

Na na na, na na na, na na na
Yeah girl
Na na na, na na na, na na na ey
If I was your boyfriend
Na na na, na na na, na na na ey
Na na na, na na na, na na na ey
If I was your boyfriend

Dirty version Edit

In the 10 Seconds of BOYFRIEND - Full Song out MONDAY March 26th video you can see the original text of Boyfriend.

[Verse 1]
If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Put you on to shit that I bet you didn't know
We could take a trip bae all around the globe
Send you pic's of my XXX if you keep it on the low
Shh shh ey, can you keep a secret
I got a super size, you wanna see it
Yes please, I thought so, brains up
Rep a swag but my voice goes way up

[Pre-Chorus]
I’d like to be everything you want
Hey girl, let me talk to you

[Chorus]
If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone
I can be a gentleman, anything you want
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go

[Verse 2]
Tell me what you like yeah tell me what you don’t
I could make you cum girl
I could make you glow
Speed it up, beat it up
Even do it slow
I can make you rain babe
I can make you (?)
Boyfriend, boyfriend, let me be your boyfriend
Dr. Feelgood
Don't be late for your appointment
I see your friends, let them join in
Come on
About to (?)
Let them join in

[Pre-Chorus]
I’d like to be everything you want
Hey girl, let me talk to you

[Chorus]
If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone
I can be a gentleman, anything you want
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go

[Bridge]
So give me a chance, ‘cause you’re all I need girl
Spend a week with your boy I’ll be calling you my girlfriend
If I was your man, I’d never leave you girl
I just want to love and treat you right

[Chorus]
If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone
I can be a gentleman, anything you want
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go

Na na na, na na na, na na na
Yeah
Na na na, na na na, na na na ey
If I was your boyfriend
Na na na, na na na, na na na ey
Na na na, na na na ey
If I was your boyfriend

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