"Break Your Heart" (CD single)

 
The lyrics are OK for teens, but the sexist message is iffy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lyrics like "Before I love and leave you, they call me heartbreaker, I don't wanna deceive you, If you fall for me, I'm not easy to please, Imma tear you apart, Told you from the start...I'm only gonna break break ya break break ya heart." make it seem like it's okay to misbehave and justifies not taking responsibility.

Positive role models

"If you fall for me, I'm not easy to please." Cruz seems to blame the victim and presents a player image that emphasizes his self-importance and lack of empathy.

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

  • Surprisingly, even though this single features Ludacris, all of its lyrics are clean. Do you think this shows that it pays to investigate a song's lyrics before assuming it's either good or bad?

  • 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?

Music details

Artist:Taio Cruz
Release date:March 9, 2010
Label:Mercury
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Great messages
Kid, 11 years old June 3, 2012
age 10+
 

Bad song

Not only does it have a bad message, it is a rather annoying song.
Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012
age 9+
 

Break Your Heart

This is SO much better than Dynamite! Taio is awesome and so is Luda!

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