A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Victoria Justice is the star of the Nick TV show Victorious and is very popular with tweens. This single's lyrics are free of sex and profanity, but because the song is about a girlfriend getting a little revenge on a two-timing boyfriend, younger kids might be confused by lyrics such as "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you," even if they're sung in a playful manner.
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What's the story?
Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice (Zoey 101, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf) is joining the ranks of every other teenage TV celebrity by trying to make her way in the music world. "BEGGIN' ON YOUR KNEES" is featured on the soundtrack for Justice's show, Victorious, with the 18-year-old singing about getting some sweet revenge on a two-timing boyfriend. The video features fellow Victorious castmates and is set at a carnival, with a dancing, smirking, Justice moving on.
Is it any good?
Justice has a voice unlike other starlets her age: It's deeper and more mature, and it demands attention right away. This catchy song is great for dancing and sleepovers and will probably have fans beggin' for more. That said, even though it's all in jest, the lyrics might be a little harsh for younger kids, even in their playful tone: "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you." The video shows Justice merely telling the "other" girlfriend the truth, but younger kids might picture something more menacing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the trend in tween and teen entertainment of TV stars doubling up as singers. Why do these stars have to be actors and singers?
Do you think songs like this are a marketing ploy by networks to profit from already popular characters? Would the songs or albums be as successful if these artists weren't already famous?
This song is about getting revenge on a two-timing boyfriend. Do you think Justice sounds angry in the song? Or just heartbroken and fired up? How would you react if you were in this situation? Is revenge ever a positive thing?