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Battlefield

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Idol winner's breakup blues cliched but clean.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Releasing an entire album devoted to bad boyfriends hardly sends a positive message to Sparks' young audience.

Positive role models

Sparks' refusal to settle for less is a better response to disrespectful treatment than continually going back for more, but her repeated focus on break-ups takes her role model status down a notch. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Tame overall, though a couple of songs refer to kissing and being "alone in bed."

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 though this album doesn't include graphic language, sexual descriptions, or references to drinking and drugs, it does feature an overwhelmingly negative take on romantic relationships.  

What's the story?

Nineteen-year-old Jordin Sparks may have won American Idol what seems like ages ago, but the singer is still churning out albums, the latest being BATTLEFIELD -- her ode to staying strong in the face of failed relationships. The record is filled with song after song about a girl who is mistreated by her guy and finally finds the courage to say enough is enough. Though she doesn't use foul language to get her point across, Sparks makes no bones about telling bad guys to get lost; for example, on "It Takes More," Sparks sings, "I've settled for less when I've stayed with you, but no more / 'Cause you ain't worth waiting for."

Is it any good?

QUALITY

You've gotta hand it to Sparks: amid a sea of American Idol contestants (not to mention other young singers her age), she continues to stand out. She gives another great vocal performance on this record, and better still, her songs actually sound somewhat original and distinctive compared to the mountain of synth-pop albums by her peers. Highlights include the catchy beat of "Walking on Snow" and the cool arrangement of "Watch You Go."

Families can talk about...

  • Why do so many young women like Jordin Sparks express feelings of betrayal about their romantic relationships?

  • Are girls the only ones who so often feel wronged by romance? Is it possible for boys to feel equally hurt at times?

Music details

Artist:Jordin Sparks
Release date:July 21, 2009
Label:Jive Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 8 years old July 15, 2010

AWESOME!!!!

I love this song!.And miss sparks is a great role model!.Rock on.
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Kid, 10 years old May 25, 2010

Kids love her

Jordin sparks is my little sisters (7 yrs. old) favorite singer. She has songs that aren't bad, and they have positive lyrics
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Teen, 13 years old Written bySanjana_ January 2, 2010

Amazing songs!

Very good song with very meaningful lyrics which teens can relate to. :D Jordin is a great role model as well.
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