"Break Your Heart" (CD single)
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this song doesn't have any sexual discussions or violent lyrics to speak of. However, the message isn't the best for kids to hear, especially for teens just learning the rules of relationships. Basically the message is "I'm a guy and I cheat. I'm warning you up front, so it's your fault if you get hurt." Not the best study in gender equality or relationship etiquette, not to mention taking responsibility for your own actions. The music video features lots of bikini-clad girls and a few shots of kissing, but note that there are also several scenes that show party-goers with various drinks in hand.
What's the story?
British singer, songwriter, and music producer Taio Cruz is probably better known for the artists he's worked with, including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and the Pussycat Dolls. But he's quickly making a name for himself in front of the microphone. "BREAK YOUR HEART" is the first single off of Cruz's sophomore album, Rokstarr and has enjoyed chart-topping success with this cautionary dance track that warns potential ladies about his confirmed bachelor status.
Is it any good?
Although there's a smug, almost arrogant tone to Cruz's warning that he's "only gonna break, break your heart," this is a fun, high-energy track that clearly delivers the goods, with smooth, mellow verses and a thumping hook. Ludacris fits in nicely, and the guest spot works well with Cruz's blend of popular hip-hop and Euro-funk. By next year, the song will probably be as forgotten as one of Cruz's women, but for now, enjoy this superficial thrill.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the roles of men and women. How are men and women portrayed differently in the media? How are their roles in relationships different? Do you think this has an effect on what expectations girls and guys bring into a relationship?
What do you think about the message of this single? What would you say to someone who told you they would treat you badly? Do you think it's sometimes easier to accept a negative message if it's dressed up with a funky beat?