A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Dance Again" has lots of sexy lyrics and innuendo, including "I love to make love to you baby" and "I can't behave, oh I want you so much, your lips taste like heaven, so why should I stop?" The video features lots of half-naked bodies in an orgy-like party, as well as Jennifer Lopez getting her hot pants ripped off and playing some sexy bedroom games with her real-life beau and dancer, Casper Smart. The video, although it premiered on American Idol, is too steamy for tweens.
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What's the story?
"DANCE AGAIN," written by Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, among others, is an upbeat dance mix about picking yourself up on the other side of heartache or disappointment and living and dancing again. Pitbull lends his rapping chops again to this single, as he did in Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor." The video is a steamy concoction of half-naked and painted bodies, and of course, dancing.
Is it any good?
It seems that either Lopez is going through a midlife, thrice-divorced crisis, or she's just trying to keep up with the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga. Like the former, Lopez has never been known for her strong vocals, but "Dance Again" is a mediocre dance track that would be much less without Pitbull. And the strange Eyes Wide Shut-like sexual video just seems to be a desperate attempt to make waves. It does feature some steamy camaraderie between Lopez and her tattooed dancer BF, Casper Smart. "Dance Again" is certainly a song to make you dance, but not a standout.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the expectations women feel to be sexy and beautiful. Do you think women of any age feel pressure to maintain beauty and sexiness in order to be relevant and successful? Is this fair? Is it the same for males?
Why do you think so many singers feel the need to include the token rapper on their songs? Does it make a song more marketable?
This video premiered on American Idol to some criticism because of its mature content. Do you think it's appropriate to premiere mature songs or videos on a show that airs during family-friendly viewing hours?
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