Believe

Common Sense Media says

JB grows up but stays sweet in slightly more mature tracks.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bieber has a lot of positive things to say about loving and respecting people, and living life to the fullest. 

Positive role models

Bieber fills this record with lots of positive role model behaviors, including showing others you care and keeping a positive outlook.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some sensuality threaded throughout, with lines about touching and "feeling your body rock" that (very loosely) allude to more than just kissing.  

Language

Nicki Minaj's rap includes the word "bitch." 

Consumerism

A reference to the rap group Young Money. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that on his album Believe, Justin Bieber keeps it clean but clearly leaves his young teen days behind. The record is mostly free of profanity (Nicki Minaj's rap includes the word "bitch") and there are no graphic references to sex, substances, or violence; however, it features the slightly more mature view that romantic love isn't always rosy, along with a couple intimate lines about "touching." Still, the album is still fine for tweens and teens.  

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

BELIEVE is the first full-length album of original material from pop prince Justin Bieber since his debut record, My World, four years earlier. The 13 tracks reflect an 18-year-old's somewhat more mature perspective on life and love. Bieber's choice of musical collaborators -- including the rappers Drake and Nicki Minaj -- are further testament to his efforts to break away from the preteen pack.

Is it any good?

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You've got to give Bieber props: While it would be easy to sit back and rest on his synth-pop laurels, he makes a solid effort to grow as a musician on this album. The effort pays off on several tunes, including the soulful "As Long As You Love Me" with rapper Big Sean and the guitar-based ballad "Catching Feelings." 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between this record and Bieber's first full-length album, My World, which took the pop music world by storm. How do the musical styles and sounds of the two records compare? Do you prefer one to the other? Why?

  • How do the messages in these lyrics compare with the ones on My World, which Bieber recorded when he was a young teen?

  • Based on the trajectory of Bieber's albums to date, what would you expect to hear in this next album?

Music details

Artist:Justin Bieber
Release date:June 19, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Island
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bycupcakelove321 July 2, 2012
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7
QUALITY
 

best album yet!:)

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 14 year old Written byalldfun June 29, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

Bieber goes bad.

2 songs has cursing during the rap parts. "Die in your arms" and "Beauty and a beat". The word D*mn is used and the word B*tch is used. I don't want my 9 year old singing those tunes so I took them off here player.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bybieber998 July 2, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Loved it!

Really good! I didn't find any negatives about it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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