"Happy New Year" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Tween idols sing cute, clean song about the new year.

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What parents need to know

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

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

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

Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

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  • What are three things you can do to keep your resolutions?

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  • What are the benefits of collaborations between artists like Bieber and Smith? Are there any downsides to working with another famous musician?

Music details

Artists:Jaden Smith, Justin Bieber
Release date:December 31, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Def Jam
Genre:Pop
Topics:Holidays
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old February 19, 2012
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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 cute song, no profanity. It's a New Year's song, but I'll listen to it throughout the year (same with Under The Mistletoe!)
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent Written byBoats-n-Hoes January 29, 2012
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6
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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.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 27, 2012
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happy new year cd single

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

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