The clip for Pitbull and Ke$ha’s joint single “Timber” finds the pop stars caught in two separate, bizarre fantasy worlds. In Ke$ha’s, she’s a daisy dukes-wearing dancer with a bandana around her neck who is leading a Coyote Ugly-style routine of similarly dressed women. In Pitbull’s, he’s just a fully-clothed guy dancing on a beach in the Bahamas, calling out square-dancing moves.
For a song with the chorus “Let’s make a night you won’t remember/ I’ll be the one you can’t forget,” the video is expectedly wild. At one point, Pitbull raps, “I have ’em like Miley Cyrus, clothes off/ Twerking in their bras and thongs,” which nearly narrates a Ke$ha scene in which she’s leaning over a truck on a farm. Later in the video, Pitbull dances with a brunette and pets sharks while Ke$ha gropes herself and rides a mechanical bull. One of the most surreal scenes is that of a pig swimming in the ocean. None of it really makes any sense – other than creating a country-dance visual that plays off the song’s fusion of big beats, quasi-yodeling and barnyard belting – but that’s really the point of a night you won’t remember.
Pitbull and Ke$ha recently performed the song – with an equally surreal staging that combined cowboy imagery, Pitbull’s club-ready suit and fireworks – at the American Music Awards. Pitbull also hosted the show and did a pretty great job of it.