A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is Miley on her own -- no Hannah Montana on the flip side -- so it's a little more "hardcore," if you can call it that. The 15 year old sings about a recent breakup and declares her "7 things I hate about you." Strong feelings, but the language is fine if you don't mind the word "hate." There's a line about being hypnotized because of a kiss.
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What's the story?
\"7 THINGS\" is the first single to debut from Miley Cyrus' upcoming album, Breakout scheduled to be released July 22. It's an upbeat, in-your-face rocker rant, in which the 15-year-old Miley sings about the pain of a recent break-up. In the chorus, she gives a speedy list of the \"7 things\" she \"hates about\" her ex. (\"You're vain/your games/you're insecure/you love me, you like her/you make me laugh/you make me cry.\") The music goes back and forth between acoustic and hard rock guitar, as does Miley's voice from Tennessee twang to rocker-girl-done-wrong wallop.
Is it any good?
The song's lyrics are cute and catchy, with a sort of reprieve in the end with Cyrus declaring the "7 things I like about you" ("Your hair/ your eyes/your old Levi's"). So it's not all hate and boy-bashing. It's a good lead to a much anticipated album from the Disney superstar, but parents should keep in mind this is Miley, not Hannah Montana, so the music and lyrics are a bit more direct, and a little less bubblegum.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the dichotomy of Miley Cyrus and her alter-ego Hannah Montana. How do you think Miley has managed such success as both herself and another personality? Which one do you prefer? Why? How do you feel about the fact that Miley is so young and experiencing so much success so fast? Do you think the success will affect her because she's only 15?