A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Girl on Fire" debuted at the VMAs with a contribution from Nicki Minaj and even a quick routine by Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas. Even though the often edgy Minaj lends her voice to the "Inferno" version of this song, it's clean and appropriate for Alicia Keys' young fans and is a positive, fist-pumping song about empowerment.
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Is it any good?
Keys is good at creating anthem-like songs that get a crowd singing along and ready to conquer the world. Like "No One," "Girl on Fire" is a song about empowerment, this time for any girl who wants to find her place in this world. Its lyrics are catchy, with Keys singing, "She's on top of the world, burning it down, with her head in the clouds, and she's not coming down." Only problem is, there just aren't many lyrics, and it seems as if Keys sings the same thing over and over. In a stadium or packed auditorium, the repeated chorus among a crowd is probably igniting. But for regular listening, it's just a bit lukewarm.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how music can affect your mood, outlook, or even the way you feel about certain things. When you're down, are there certain songs that make you feel better?
Nicki Minaj teams up with Alicia Keys to show that even she can sing appropriate, girl-empowering songs. What do you think about this duet? Do you like the version with Minaj? Why or why not?
Why would Keys pair up with a controversial figure like Minaj? What do both artists get out of the partnership?
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