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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Lights" is an upbeat, electro-pop single from young U.K. star Ellie Goulding, who is quickly making a name for herself in the U.S. The twenty-something sounds like a softer version of Adele, and the track is refreshingly free of iffy content.
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Although her musical roots are in folk music, Goulding's light, electro-pop sound is catchy and fun, especially with her sugary, solid vocals that are a softer version of her fellow countrywoman, Adele. "Lights" is a great introduction to a fresh sound coming from across the pond and a nice alternative to the synth-heavy hip-hop and club beats that saturate radio play today.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that so many female artists and celebrities feel the need to be sexy or portray a rebellious image in order to be successful in the music or movie industry. Who are some singers or actresses who don't fall under that trap?
Do you think young girls are getting enough positive celebrity role models?
Do you think Ellie Goulding has what it takes to be successful outside of the U.K.? What makes her special or different?
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