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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single from Nickelodeon actress/pop star Ariana Grande is a sweet and likeable song about wanting to tell the person she's in love with how she feels. There's nothing racy in this fresh retro-sounding R&B jam, just good old-fashioned teenage frustration.
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What's the story?
"BABY I" is the second official single from Ariana Grande's debut solo album, Yours Truly. Following the platinum-selling smash hit "The Way (ft. Mac Miller)," the song has an upbeat retro-R&B sound with a contemporary hip-hop feel. The lyrics are about being unable to express the depth of her emotion to the person she wants, leaving her "tongue tied and twisted." Though Grande first made waves as an actress on Nickelodeon shows iCarly and Victorious, she is quickly becoming teen pop royalty.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the trend of performers trying to be actors and singers. Grande initially captured the spotlight on television, but has since become a platinum-selling recording artist. Why do you think that crossover is so common?
Grande's sound harkens back to '90s R&B and pop, which was the decade in which she grew up. Is the '90s too recent to be considered "retro"?
Do you feel there is pressure on young female pop stars to be seductive and provocative?
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