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"Nothing to Lose" (featuring Miley Cyrus)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Miley Cyrus tries to show her growing maturity by participating in this song with the much older Bret Michaels (former frontman of the hair-band Poison and recent star of the reality dating show Rock of Love). While the tune doesn't include swearing or graphic adult content, it does make light references to sex that are underscored by Michaels' personal reputation for partying and womanizing.
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What's the story?
In what may be one of the oddest musical pairings in a while, Bret Michaels -- former lead singer of the notoriously naughty '90s rock band Poison -- and teen singing queen Miley Cyrus have teamed up in the single "NOTHING TO LOSE." Originally cut by Michaels himself, the two re-released it as a duo, with Cyrus lending backup vocals to Michaels' main performance. The tune chronicles the beginnings of a love affair between two people who've been hurt before -- an innocent enough concept that's explained here with no foul language or explicit sexual descriptions. That said, the track does make an unmistakable mention of sex in the lyrics: "won't you fall down on me" and "slowly get undressed," a reference that seems more awkward in light of the extreme differences in both age and reputation between Michaels and Cyrus.
Is it any good?
When '90s hair bands were big, Bret Michaels and his band Poison could get away with hiding their mediocre talent behind big hair and lots of theatrics. Now that the era and its styles are over, all that's left is Michaels' middling voice. Cyrus doesn't do much better in this track, with some lines that sound downright off-key. Coupled with a boring country-pop hook and the weird age difference between the two artists, and this song seems just plain silly.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether it's appropriate for Bret Michaels and Miley Cyrus to be singing a song about romantic love together, in light of their 30-year age difference. Even though it's just a singing performance, is it OK for Michaels and Cyrus to do this? Why or why not?
Does Miley Cyrus help or hurt her career by pairing up with Michaels?