"TTYLXOX" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

OMG, this song isn't great, but OK for kids who TXT :)

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

A song that fuels the obsession that tweens and teens have for texting isn't exactly positive, but it's hard to make a song very meaningful when it's full of acronyms.

Positive role models

So far Bella Thorne is a super-sweet and spunky Disney star whose only misstep is trying to carry a single on her own. Luckily, she's so darn cute we'll forgive her for this one.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Single promotes Disney show Shake It Up, and was featured on an episode. Video premiered simultaneously with Zendaya's track "Something to Dance For," then both were mixed together as one song. Genius, Disney.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "TTYLXOX" premiered on Shake It Up along with a single from Zendaya to stir up a little friendly competition between BFFs CeCe and Rocky. The DJ decides to mash the two together, and the result is a fun mix with both singles. On her track, Bella Thorne takes the texting phenomenon to the dancefloor, singing in acronyms to create a song. She sings a bit about boys and wearing the same thing as someone else to a party, but that's all that really happens. The song lacks substance, but there's nothing inappropriate for kids, other than the fact that it encourages texting. The video premiered with Zendaya's simultaneously released track, so fans will love that.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Bella Thorne, the red-haired half of the BFF duo CeCe and Rocky from Disney Channel's Shake It Up, releases the catchy "text"-driven single, "TTYLXOX." The song is featured on an episode of Shake It Up along with a new single from fellow star Zendaya, and on the album Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

These days it seems anyone can sing. And although Bella Thorne is loveable and funny on her TV show, she should probably stick with acting. Yes the song is catchy, but the texting acronyms start to sound a little repetitive and lame, and Thorne's voice isn't especially strong. That said, tweens will love this track because it's written in their language. Plus, it does have clean lyrics and content, which is a positive thing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the positive and negative aspects of texting. When can texting become unsafe or problematic? What rules do you follow when texting?

  • Why do so many teen TV stars dip their talents into the music industry as well? Why do so many singers act? Should they? Does it make them more marketable as one or the other or both?

Music details

Artist:Bella Thorne
Release date:March 6, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byFabulousMe April 6, 2012
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5
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No. Just No.

Gosh this song is, like so, not cool. Gosh this is just awful. I have never heard anything this painful to listen to. Bella Thorne is an awful actress and a horrific singer. Seriously who gave this girl a record contract?

Kid, 8 years old June 24, 2012
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Such a stupid song

Worst song ever

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old April 21, 2012
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2
QUALITY
 

TERRIBLE HOW IS SHE PROUD OF THIS JUNK?

NO JUST AWFUL It's so painful to listen to. Every time I hear it I GET A MIGRANIE

What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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