Justin Bieber & Jaden Smith’s ‘Never Say Never’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views
Justin Bieber lodges his eighth entry in YouTube’s Billion Views Club as his Never Say Never video, featuring Jaden Smith, hits the milestone this week.
Revisiting the 2010 music video feels like a time capsule, with the then-16-year-old Bieber towering over an even tinier 11-year-old Smith in the studio. The song was on the soundtrack for the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid, starring Smith, who also lends a rap verse to JB’s track and is seen throughout the video alongside co-star Jackie Chan in scenes from the film.
“Never Say Never” was a top 10 hit for Bieber on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 8 in March 2011. The song also lent its title to a 3-D concert film that documented the pop star’s My World Tour stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden, which premiered in February 2011.
Other Bieber videos that have notched 1 billion views include Sorry (3.4 billion), What Do You Mean (2.1B) and his breakout single Baby (2.4B). His latest contender for the Billion Views Club is Peaches, from his just-released Justice album, which arrived Friday along with a music video.
In related news, the Canadian pop singer has debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Justice, for his fourth leader there. Bieber’s sixth and latest studio LP also causes an avalanche on the national singles chart, as his tune “Peaches” (featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon) starts at No. 2, one of his nine tracks in this week’s Top 50, including five debuts.