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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Happy New Year" is a cute, upbeat tune by two of the hottest young artists around: singer Justin Bieber and rapper Jaden Smith. Though the two make no secret of their fondness for kissing girls, it's still a fairly clean track that features no profanity or explicit references to sex, substance use, or violence -- focusing instead on having a clean, fun New Year's celebration and spending the next year being a better person. It's a great message for tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
Teen music heartthrobs Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith team up once again on "HAPPY NEW YEAR," a single about year-end celebrations and New Year's resolutions. The boys describe fairly wholesome parties where the most adult thing that happens is some kissing under the mistletoe. They also give some positive advice about striving to be "better, stronger, closer to the people around you" in the coming year.
Is it any good?
Many tweens would love just about any Justin and Jaden song, so "Happy New Year" is bound to have its fair share of fans despite its nothing-too-special sound. The most notable thing about this song is Justin Bieber's decidedly more mature vocals, demonstrating that the teen heartthrob is indeed growing up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to make great New Year's resolutions and stick with them throughout the year. Name three things you'd really like to achieve over the next year.
What are three things you can do to keep your resolutions?
What are the benefits of collaborations between artists like Bieber and Smith? Are there any downsides to working with another famous musician?
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