Justin Bieber’s latest single is another collaboration, and like “Baby” and “Eenie Meenie” before it, it comes with an attention-grabbing video. The new clip for “Never Say Never” premiered earlier today, and it matches Bieber with Jaden Smith, the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith who handles the rapping on the track. The single is the theme song for Smith’s upcoming film “The Karate Kid,” a vague remake of the classic 1984 teen movie that starred Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue. The new version features Smith in the titular role and Jackie Chan standing in for Morita (for some reason renamed “Mr. Han” rather than “Mr. Miyagi”).
The video allows for Bieber and Smith to show off some shadowboxing moves and also features a healthy dose of footage from the movie that sees Smith doing an array of fight moves (though like the original “The Karate Kid,” the fighting style featured isn’t so much traditional karate as it is a hybrid of several different disciplines — apparently “The Mixes Martial Arts” kid didn’t have as great a ring to it). As a video that features fighting, it’s a pretty strong entry, and it joins the list of great fight-centric videos below.
Ashlee Simpson, “Invisible”
Simpson actually went through boxing training to give a convincing performance in this clip that sees her stepping into the squared circle and trading a handful of haymakers. If the video looks familiar, that’s intentional, as it was meant to be an homage to the film “Million Dollar Baby.”
Lil Jon, “Girlfight”
In Lil Jon’s universe, disputes between women need to be settled not in a courtroom or even a ring but out in the street after a party. The best part of this clip? One of the women rubs Vaseline on her face, an old boxing trick that keeps the gloves from tearing up the skin on contact.
Christina Aguilera, “Dirrty”
“Fight Club” was an obvious inspiration for Aguilera and video director Floria Sigismondi. “Dirrty,” the first single from Aguilera’s killer second album Stripped, takes place in the sort of underground fighting club that Tyler Durden would have loved (and Redman actually did). Ironically, Aguilera’s video for “Fighter” contains no actual fighting.
Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
The mother of all music video fights. Jackson’s legendary clip eschews pugilism for the sake of a blade, as well as dance-fighting and good old-fashioned shadowboxing.
Joe Esposito, “You’re the Best”
Fact: The original 1984 version of “The Karate Kid” contains one of the greatest montages in the history of movies, fighting, movies about fighting and Joe Esposito.
What’s your favorite music video that features a fight? Let us know in the comments!