"Bang Bang Bang" (CD Single)

 
Revenge tune is edgy for Disney star but still OK for tweens

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's never OK for someone to hurt you, but hoping that person gets hurt in return isn't the best message.

Positive role models

Selena's guy hasn't treated her well, and she wishes him ill in the future.

Violence

Nothing extreme, but mentions "I hope you slip and fall and trip all over my heart and just lay there alone ... On your hands and knees, grasping for air, grasping for me."

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Bang Bang Bang" is a slightly edgy tune for the normally squeaky-clean Selena Gomez -- including some allusions to physical pain when describing what she hopes will happen to the guy who has done her wrong. While it's still a far cry from explicit, the tune is just a bit more mature than Gomez's previous bubblegum tunes, putting it a little out of the league of young tweens. 

What's the story?

"BANG BANG BANG," a single from Selena Gomez's second album, When the Sun Goes Down, deals with a familiar adolescent theme: a broken heart following a failed romance. Gomez describes how she has found another guy who's better than the last in every way, then proceeds to wish her former boyfriend ill in the future: "I hope you slip and fall and trip all over my heart and just lay there alone ... On your hands and knees, grasping for air, grasping for me." Though there's no profanity or other mature content, the somewhat darker tone of this single is too mature for younger kids.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In this electro-infused single, Gomez unabashedly rips off La Roux's "Bulletproof" -- but at least she's breaking out of the synth-pop box that's captured most of her peers. Gomez's smoky vocals are also a departure from the less mature songs of her past, another sign that she's growing up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to handle the feelings that come from being hurt by someone you care about.

  • What do you think of Gomez's edgier, more grown-up sound? Will she lose her young fans as she tackles more mature themes? Do you think she'll gain some new older fans?

Music details

Artist:Selena Gomez
Release date:June 28, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Hollywood Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 May 16, 2012
age 11+
 

Catchy song

It's a bit strange of how far it goes with the whole revenge thing, but all and all, it's fine.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 August 20, 2011
age 10+
 

Different single from SG

It's different from Selena's usual songs, but I kind of like it. Her voice isn't the strongest, but it's okay. It is edgier for Selena, kind of like some songs on her other album, When the Sun Goes Down (she says the D word in a few songs). Anyway, this song is about getting revenge on an exboyfriend, but that's the only innapropriate content. I just hope Selena doesn't get too edgy in the future.
Kid, 12 years old July 24, 2011
age 4+
 

Great song by Selena G.

Selena's music is always great and I feel this song is "ON" for ages 4+. However, there is one line in the song that talks about her wanting the person to hurt. It says "I hope you slip and fall and trip all over my heart and just lay there alone."

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