A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song keeps things totally clean even while talking about flirting and girls that like multiple guys. The lyrics shouldn't raise any eyebrows, except for the mention of the word "lover" quite a few times. Otherwise, this is a song that combines tween-friendly sounds with a pretty good message. The guys here are trying to talk a girl into being exclusive rather than acting like a player!
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What's the story?
Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston have paired up for two songs that will appear on their respective 2010 album releases. "EENIE MEENIE" is the first of these collaborations and has the pair doing what each is famous for: Kingston provides a reggae-infused chorus while Bieber picks things up with a distinctively pop hook. The two also helped pen the lyrics for the single.
Is it any good?
The concept of taking a kid's counting rhyme and using it in a pop/dance single may seem childish at first. But these two tween favorites not only pull it off, they also offer up a really unique collaboration. With synthesizers, pounding beats, and reggae rhymes added at just the right time, this song is sure to be an instant favorite for tween parties and school dances that require a hot dance song parents won't object to. But parents, we won't tell if you blast it in the minivan, either!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gender roles in today's music. Are guys generally shown as the ones who don't want to commit to one girl? What do you think of the role reversal here? Does it put women in more control?
Talk about music lyrics and what makes this song more appropriate than other dance tracks.
Families can talk about Justin Bieber. Has he become the next teen idol? Do you think he's a good role model? If so, why? Do you think artists that collaborate with Bieber become more acceptable because of the connection? Ludacris was featured on one of Bieber's hit singles; does that make Ludacris okay for kids?
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