A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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What's the story?
ONE TIME is the debut single from Justin Bieber, a fifteen-year-old Canadian R&B singer with a true rags-to-riches story: after his single mother posted videos of her son singing on YouTube, Bieber was eventually discovered by uber-famous R&B artist Usher. Despite being mentored by this more mature singer, Bieber's music remains geared toward his age group, with his song giving a squeaky clean story of falling for a girl that he wants to make his one and only. Though Bieber's claim that he \"loves\" his girl is a stretch for this age group, the track is mostly just a sweet account of going steady: \"I'm a be your one guy / You'll be my number one girl / Always making time for you / I'm a tell you one time.\"
Is it any good?
While Bieber's high voice makes him sound like a very young fifteen, his vocals on this track are strong nevertheless. The arrangement is nothing at all new, sticking closely to the synth-pop recipe that typifies most of the music released by his peers like the Jonas Brothers, Mitchel Musso, and countless others. Still, Bieber's cute looks and heartfelt singing about finding his number-one girl will undoubtedly have many a young heart swooning over this rising star.
Talk to your kids about ...
What does "one guy, one girl" mean for fifteen year olds? Is it OK for kids to be in exclusive romantic relationships at this age, or should they be hanging out with lots of different kids?
Check out our age-appropriate Parent Advice for more on the issues that kids Justin Bieber's age are facing.