"Happy New Year" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Tween idols sing cute, clean song about the new year.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
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Positive Messages

Some positive sentiments about striving to be the best person you can be: "2012 is the year to be better, stronger, closer to the people around you."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Good role models keep a clear focus on self-improvement and showing others they care.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Lots of talk about kissing and "lookin' for a hottie with a nice body."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBoats-n-Hoes January 29, 2012

I don't think so.

From what I know about Justin Bieber, it seems that people don't like him. So do what everyone else does.
Kid, 12 years old February 19, 2012

Love, love, love(:

I love The Biebs and Jaden Smith. I was so excited about Happy New Year coming out and the minute I heard it, downloaded it onto my iPod. It's a really cut... Continue reading

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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