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"Brokenhearted" (CD Single)



Duo has unique sound; song has slightly iffy message.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Song is basically about a booty call, so not the most positive message.

Positive role models

These Berklee School of Music-educated artists are loyal to each other and their unique sound -- even in the face of criticism. Still, the song is about a girl waiting for a guy to call her, which isn't ideal.

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Some minor innuendo: "Felt a jones in my bones when you were touching me."

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Mentions Patron.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions drinking to relax: "Drinking Patron just to calm my nerves / poppin' bottles by the phone."

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Release date:February 22, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byIsabel14 February 20, 2013

Catchy song

This is a good song. It is very catchy.
Kid, 10 years old May 9, 2013

Karmin's a good singer.

Catchy and kinda iffy. Drinking drugs smoking: Karmin says only a few things: drinking patron just to calm my nerves/poppin' bottles by the phone. Sexy stuff: Felt the jones in my bones when you were touching me.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2012

Really Good song.

This song is really good, but has one innuendo which is, "Felt the jones in my bones when you were touching me." Karmin also mentions drinking when she says, "Drinking Patron just to calm my nerves," and, "Popping bottles by the phone."
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Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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