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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this duo was educated at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and found fame after they posted a video of themselves singing a Chris Brown song on YouTube. They've been featured on Saturday Night Live, and are also a couple away from the mics. This song has a reference to drinking alcohol to relax, as well as some innuendo and implied hooking up; best for older kids.
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What's the story?
Boston cover band-turned-rapping-YouTube-sensation Karmin has released their first single, the upbeat "BROKENHEARTED." Made up of real-life romantic pair Amy Heidemann and Nick Noon, Karmin mixes feisty vocals, hip-hop flair, and pop-rock percussion and guitar to create a sound that's unique and fresh. The song is about a girl waiting by the phone for a boy to call her for a late-night rendezvous.
Is it any good?
Karmin has already made a name for themselves on the Boston scene, performing solid covers of contemporary hits from the likes of Adele, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars, but it was their cover of Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" (and Amy's mad rapping Busta Rhymes skillz) that got them the attention of over 55 million YouTube viewers. Both very talented musicians, Karmin mixes colorful, chameleon-like vocals and harmonies with music that spins from pop-rock to hip-hop all in one song. "Brokenhearted" is a great breakout song for them as it's pure pop confection and a lot of fun; too bad about the slightly iffy message.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the positive and negative aspects of YouTube and seeking fame. Do you think it's OK for people to post videos of themselves on the Internet for all to see? Is it fair that some of these people (think Justin Bieber) really do become famous?
When can YouTube become a safety concern? What are some good rules to follow when posting pictures or videos to the Web? What can you do to keep yourself safe when it comes to the Internet and privacy?
Describe Karmin's sound. Is it unique? What makes it special?