A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song isn't completely inappropriate, but it's just risque enough to make it too hot for younger listeners. The sexuality isn't too explicit, aside from some ogling of an attractive woman. Pay attention to the music video, which sports some steamy dance moves from Usher's backup dancers.
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What's the story?
OMG (and that stands for "oh my gosh" here, by the way) is the third single off of Usher's chart-topping album Raymond v. Raymond, and is one of the best performing singles of his career. Listen for a guest appearance by will.i.am. of The Black Eyed Peas. The song itself doesn't really tackle any new material, sticking mainly with singing the praises of a hot chick and the lusty feelings she inspires.
Is it any good?
Here's a track that will please the club dancers and die-hard Usher fans, but isn't likely to become a classic. It's a nod to the old Usher, whose pulsing beats and sexy lyrics defined a hip-hop/R&B niche. But the material here feels recycled, as bits of the Black Eyed Peas' sound infiltrate the dance track and Usher's limp "oh my gosh, I'm so in love" sounds uninspired and anything but sexy. All the parts of the formula are in place here, but the predictability definitely kills the mood.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about body image and the media. Do songs like this make you feel like only those with supermodel looks are worthy of love and attention? Do you think this is a realistic message? Can a relationship exist on just physical attraction, or does there need to be something more?
Talk about celebrity scandal. Usher has been making news for his marriage breaking up. Do you think he should use these experiences for his music, or should he keep his personal problems private?
How has texting changed the way we talk and interact? Can you think of any abbreviations or slang that didn't exist before texting came into vogue? Do you think you text too much? How do you communicate differently when you text versus when you're with someone face-to-face?