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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay from High School Musical) is the new spokesperson for Degree deodorant, and has released this album of cover songs as part of a promotional campaign. The songs, which can be downloaded from Degree's site, are covers of popular '80s songs, like Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth," and the content and lyrics are fine for all ages.
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What's the story?
Degree Girl's OMG! JAMS is the brand new EP to promote the deodorant by the Disney darling singer and actress Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical, Suite Life of Zach and Cody). There are five covers of popular '80s songs from artists Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Rick Astley ("Never Gonna Give You Up"), Cyndi Lauper ("Time After Time"), and Cathy Dennis ("Too Many Walls")
Is it any good?
Ashley Tisdale has covered some of the most memorable songs of the '80s and given them a contemporary twist with lots of synthesizing and upbeat club mixes. There's nothing extraordinary about the covers, but it's fun to hear the new techno-pop versions of some old favorites. Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" is the best, and "Heaven is a Place on Earth" is a good fit for Ashley's voice. All the tracks are prefect for dancing around your room or to jam to on your iPod.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the common use of celebrities as spokespersons for a particular product, especially young celebrities. Does this make you want to buy a product more if a celebrity endorses it? Do you feel like some celebrities are more trustworthy than others? Do you think that celebrities promoting commercial products could have a negative effect on a younger audience? Why or why not?