A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian who has gotten publicity through Justin Bieber's public support, not to mention a spoof video featuring Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale. The song is clean and pretty harmless, but the overall message of "waiting (and waiting) on a guy to call" might not be the best for young girls.
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What's the story?
Canadian Idol finalist and newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen breaks onto the American scene with her single, "CALL ME MAYBE." She's following in the footsteps of fellow singers from Canada, Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne, being only the fourth Canadian to have a chart topper. The song is about meeting someone, falling hard, and waiting for the guy to call.
Is it any good?
It's clear from the start of "Call Me Maybe" that Jepsen has vocal talent; her voice has a laid-back quality that sounds smooth and effortless. The infectious music and catchy lyrics ("Hey, I just met you, and this is craaa-zy!") make this a sure hit for the radio. Although sounding desperate about waiting for a guy to call may not be the best message for tween or teen girls, this song is a fun way to bring some instant summer to a dreary day.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it means when a musician or actor endorses another. Does it make a difference if a musician is supported by another successful artist?
Although mostly harmless and cute, this song talks about meeting someone, falling fast, and exchanging numbers. Is it a good idea to give someone your number when you've just met? What are some ways to be smart about who you communicate with and let into your personal life?