Buzz — July 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

The Battle of the Nude Videos: ‘Blurred Lines’ vs ‘Tunnel Vision’

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Since returning to his musical career after a string of Hollywood movies, Justin Timberlake made our heart skip with not one, but two albums slated for this year’s release. The first installment, The 20/20 Experiencewas released in March. Granted that the world missed the “Sexy Back” singer, the album debuted at No.1 on the US Billboard 100, and sold 968,000 copies on its first week. On July 4, Timberlake premiered his music video for “Tunnel Vision” on YouTube. It was taken down a few hours after its release, for the same reason Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” was violating the website’s nudity policy.

The two pop Casanovas went for different responses: Thicke opted to go PG and re-uploaded a clothed version of the music video; Timberlake’s “Tunnel Vision”, however, was reinstated by Youtube, claiming that it grants “exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age restrictions.”  From then on, the video-streaming website issues a Content Warning before the viewers could watch the video.

Did Timberlake triumph over Thicke based in this Youtube ordeal? We’re not one to throw in the towels on this pop match, though. With such charming contenders and chart-topping hits, we’ve decided to put on a good ol’ match!

 

The Crooners 

1It definitely stings to say this, especially with Timberlake looking over that way on the above image, but Thicke seems to take the cake on gorgeousness when it comes the two music videos. Judging from his grungy do back in 2005 when he debuted “When I Get You Alone” – Thicke should get ‘Most Improved’ on the dapper scale. Timberlake, coming from his “Sexy Back” days, appeared a bit under-dressed for “Tunnel Vision”.  We love you Justin, but Robin gets this round.

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The Babes

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It would be hard to make a call on this one – both videos cast three gorgeous ladies. The “Blurred Lines” video stars Emily Ratajkowski – who, interestingly, used to be in Nickelodeon’s teen show, iCarly. She, with the other two models, strut, dance, and play along with the singers on the video. The girls from “Tunnel Vision” remain unnamed at the moment, but they sure can be mistaken for pro dancers (if they aren’t officially) as they moved gracefully through the mist. It’s looking like an even match for this one, so we’ll grant both videos a point.

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The Wingman

wingmanWe gotta give loyalty points to Timbaland for sticking with buddy Justin for years, equating to a lot of collaborations together. Responsible for eleven Top 10 Billboard singles in just 2006-2007 alone, he is certainly the man. Yet if you bring Pharrell and T.I. in to the picture, you just can’t deny how cool these guys are – and they definitely showed that in the “Blurred Lines” video, as they play, dance and have fun throughout the song. We give this round to “Blurred Lines”.

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The Moves

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Despite the fact that director/choreographer Diane Martel claimed that the moves in the “Blurred Lines” video are choreographed, it seemed like what any human being who listens to the song would do. It’s flowy, sometimes sloppy, as compared to Timberlake’s calculated moves and the models’ sensual grooves. We give this round to “Tunnel Vision” for making us wish we could move as smooth. 

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The Styling

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Initially, there was supposed to be a discussion here, but Pharrell’s silver ensemble beats all other clothes in both the videos. He makes it look so cool, I wanna see people on the street in their shiny jackets too! Timberlake looks a bit more laid back with both of his outfits, although we’re digging the sexy pulled back hair. Still, with Robin and T.I.’s tailored suits, “Blurred Lines” gets the point. The boys are looking slick and they know it. 

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The Tune

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This week marks Thicke’s sixth week on Number 1 on the Billboard’s charts, fifth for the UK charts – it’s certainly been living on our very own charts for weeks – and is close to selling nearly a million copies. “Tunnel Vision” has yet to enter the Billboard 100, but it did make it on Billboard’s Hot 100 R&B and Hip Hop chart. However, Timberlake released “Take Back the Night” from his second installment of The 20/20 Experience the following week after the “Tunnel Vision” music video release. Chances are that the former might steal the latter’s spotlight. We give this last round to “Blurred Lines”, for the obvious reason that more people seem to be jamming to it.

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Totaling our points:

Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ 

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Justin Timberlake – ‘Tunnel Vision’

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With the amount of Robin bubble heads, it’s obvious that Thicke wins over Timberlake in this battle. It’s hard to tell if the YouTube ban sensationalized and made “Blurred Lines” a hit, or if it’s the hip track’s melody and beats who should take all the credit. Either way, it’s a strong contender for 2013’s Best Summer track, and an even bigger competition for this year’s Number 1 Hit!