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 touches on a serious topic: divorce. Usher doesn't use swear words or go into graphic detail about the intimate details, but his general description of an exceptionally difficult marriage and subsequent break-up will still be too weighty for the youngest ears.
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What's the story?
PAPERS is the first new single from R&B megastar Usher in more than a year (his last release, the full-length CD Here I Stand, hit stores in May 2008). During that time, a lot has happened in the singer's life: he had a second child with wife Tameka Foster, yet the two filed for divorce soon after. The title of his new song refers to divorce "papers," and the song's lyrics chronicle the tumultuous circumstances that led up to the filing. Though he doesn't use graphic language to explain his roller-coaster ride, Usher still describes an intensely personal, difficult, and mature topic that is too grown-up for very young children. For example: "I'm losin' my mind, can't figure out who's wrong or right / I know it's you I love, but then I also know it's you I don't like / You claim you hate who I was, but that's the reason you're here now."
Is it any good?
No matter what he's singing about, Usher's vocals are top notch. That said, this song's subject matter is grim, with exceptionally deep lyrics that go beyond the usual break-up scenario. The end result is a tune that's musically easy on the ears -- with Usher's performance backed by a smooth, slow beat -- yet emotionally heavy on the heart.