A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ke$ha's name is synonymous with partying, so it's no surprise that "Die Young" has some iffy content. That being said, the lyrics are mostly clean, and it does have a semi-positive message about seizing the day and living in the moment -- something we all wish we could do more of, right? There is some innuendo and drinking, but it's actually rather tame compared to some of Ke$ha other tracks. It also happens to be co-written by the lead singer of the band fun.
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Is it any good?
Like her or not, admit it, you've sung along to a Ke$ha song once or twice, or danced to "Tik Tok" against your better judgment. She's got a knack for the ultimate club beat. "Die Young" certainly fits the bill with its catchy, techno-pop sound, but most of it is just more of the same from the diva with the dollar sign in her name. The most interesting parts come from the obvious influence of fun.'s Nate Reuss, with drums, hand claps, and a chorus that takes the song to new heights. It's when Ke$ha starts with her trademark, annoying talky-talk that it brings the song back down to a mediocre, been-there-done-that level. Fans of Ke$ha will be thrilled with this "comeback," but hopefully the next round will bring something new to the spin table.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the content of dance-pop songs. Do you think it's necessary to have sex and drinking in music to make it worthy of radio or club play? How much is too much? When is it OK?
Ke$ha certainly has a bad girl image. Do you think her partnering up with the lead singer from fun. ("We Are Young" and "Some Nights") is a ploy to make music that appeals to wider audiences? Is it working?
What do you think of the song's message? It is positive? Why or why not?
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