Welcome to the Dollhouse

Common Sense Media says

Sexed-up hip-hop-pop; a few decent dance beats.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Questionable themes for young girls: "Bad Girl" ("I don't have self-esteem/but it's my passion"); several references to being "addicted" to a guy/love ("I'm so addicted to you/whenever I get closer to you I'm in control"); needing a guy to keep sanity ("I missed you till you almost took my sanity"); needing a guy to get over another guy; jealousy ("there's someone he's keeping from me/who could she be/when I see her they might lock me away").

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo and heavy breathing: song about a striptease ("undress me with your eyes/you're in for a surprise/what's underneath my exterior"), subtle references to prostitution ("When the red light comes on I transform" and "looking so sexy/make em' pay me/I could do it to the break of dawn"), and other sexual stuff ("I got some tasty cake/my fillings so sweet/and it's good enough to eat").

Language

A few words here and there: "hell," "bitch," "bull shhhhh."

Consumerism

Connection to MTV show Making the Band with Diddy; few brand references like Fendi, Maybelline, BMWs.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the group hand-picked by Diddy in MTV's Making the Band 3. That means they are not accurate representatives of the normal female population and their vocal talent takes back seat. There's lots of sexual innuendo, heavy breathing, and some bad girl talk, but most of the language stays fairly clean.

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Kids say

What's the story?

This is the sophomore follow-up to the platinum selling self-titled debut of the five-girl band. Produced by Diddy, it features a single from the Step Up 2: The Streets Soundtrack and a guest rap session by Missy Elliott on "Bad Girl."

Is it any good?

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WELLCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE might be marketed as sexy dance music, but there's more than just dancing going on in the minds of these girls. The belly-baring, extension-wearing ladies of Danity Kane do possess some vocal talent -- and some of it even manages to shine through the sexual innuendo, heavy dance beats, and talk of being addicted to or needing a man. The first two tracks are the best musically: "Bad Girl" with its very iffy subject matter is upbeat, and "Damaged" is catchy, but with borderline lame lyrics ("Do you got a first aid kit handy?/Do you know how to patch up a wound?"). After that, it pretty much goes stagnant, with repetitive haughty harmonies, ordinary hip-hop beats, and some more heavy breathing. Diddy may have been trying to recreate another En Vogue or Destiny's Child, but he ended up with a wannabe Pussycat Dolls.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Making the Band as a concept. Do you think the show makes Danity Kane more successful because they're promoted so heavily on TV? Do you think fans prefer real or "homegrown" groups, as opposed to those who are hand-picked, primped, and put together by some big shots at a record company?

Music details

Artist:Danity Kane
Release date:March 18, 2008
Label:Bad Boy Entertainment
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written bylinbetween April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Great CD

I loved the CD had some many good beats but there is so much SEX. almost every track except Damaged and the ballades.

Teen, 13 years old Written bythedutchess April 9, 2008
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Kid, 12 years old Written byBila April 9, 2008
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Another tv reality group that's trying

This band has been out since 2005, and they've only had two hits. This because they suck. Girls Aloud are better then these guys. Plus they have had 18 hits.(no offense)

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