A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Part of Me" is a clean, positive track about being strong enough to end a romance with someone who's not treating you well. Unlike a lot of Katy Perry songs, this one includes no explicit references to sex or substances, and it also lacks profanity -- opting instead for self-confident statements like "Now look at me, I'm sparkling / A firework, a dancing flame, you won't ever put me out." It's a great message for young fans in the process of developing strong self-esteem.
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What's the story?
"PART OF ME" is a single from the reissue of Teenage Dream, the massively successful second album from pop star Katy Perry. After divorcing her husband, actor/comedian Russell Brand, Perry changed the lyrics to this largely-clean single about standing up to disrespectful treatment from "you can keep the dog, I never liked him anyway" to "you can keep the diamond ring, it don't mean nothing anyway."
Is it any good?
Katy Perry knows how to make a pop hit, as evidenced by the huge success of the many singles from the album Teenage Dream -- and "Part of Me" promises to follow suit. She combines her quirky yet strong vocals against the typically infectious synth-pop beat featured in most of her songs, resulting in another track that's sure to receive plenty of radio play.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this song reflects Katy Perry's stormy relationship with actor and former husband Russell Brand.
Is it OK for artists like Perry to make their music so obviously about a personal friend or loved one? Why or why not?
Is Katy Perry a good role model? Why or why not?
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