"Now or Never" (CD single)

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Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
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First HSM 3 single is positive but cheesy.

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Positive Messages

All about working together as a team to get something done. Also talks about the importance of having someone believe in you.

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Sexy Stuff

Obvious tie-in to the HSM franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that tweens will be all over this first single from High School Musical 3: Senior Year -- after all, it's associated with the phenomenon of High School Musical. Happily, the song -- which talks about working together to win a basketball game -- is tween-appropriate, with positive messages.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byzacipooiloveyou April 9, 2008

Best Best Best!!

i loved this song!! it was great!! it had a great message and zac was AWESOME!! i loved his solo, and it was an overall great song!! it gets stuck in your head... Continue reading

What's the story?

This single is the first song from the upcoming, sure-to-be-a-hit movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year. It bounces from a quasi-hip-hop intro to pumping cheerleading beats to a slow jam between star sweethearts Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens). It's all about teamwork and believing in yourself.

Is it any good?

Tweens will eat up this song, and not just because it's associated with HSM. It's a fun, fast-paced anthem that has the entire cast getting listeners pumped for the next installment in a series that leaves audiences clapping their hands and rooting for each and every one of the characters. It may not the best song musically or lyrically ("All comes down to right now ... What are we gonna be? T.E.A.M., team!"), but you've got to give it credit for making anyone who listens feel motivated. The only part that kids might not get into is the cheesy interlude in which Troy asks Gabriella to give him inspiration, but that doesn't mean they still won't have the lyrics memorized in no time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the hype around HSM. The third installment doesn't come out for months -- why is Disney already promoting it? Do you think you'll buy the album before even seeing the movie? Also, why do you think the series is so popular?

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