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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is about embracing the single life after a break-up. The language is mostly okay, except for a few s-words in the unedited version. There's one reference to hitting a club, but no mention of drugs or alcohol. The song is about finding a positive in a negative situation, which is always a good lesson for kids.
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What's the story?
RIDIN' SOLO, from Jason Derulo's self-titled debut album, is a sleek R&B groove that's about making the best of a break-up. In other words, put on your white leather spike-studded jacket (as Derulo does in the video) and hit the clubs. Derulo's vocals and dance moves are reminiscent of the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. There are some other acoustic and club mixes of the single (as well as an edited version) available as well.
Is it any good?
Starting out with gentle vocals pining, "Love may be blind" over a gliding piano, "Ridin' Solo" pulls you in, then quickly moves to a more upbeat, finger-snapping R&B melody. Derulo conquers the sadness from a break-up and says, "So sorry, but it's over now.../I'm feeling like a star, you can't stop my shine.../I'm ridin' solo." If his falsetto doesn't make you think of M.J., his gangsta hat and dance moves in the video will. Overall this is a fun dance song for older tweens and teens, especially for kids recovering from a broken heart.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about breaking up and moving on. Have you ever felt down after a relationship ended? How did you deal with your feelings? What do you think of the song's message about letting go and moving forward?
Jason Derulo has been compared to Michael Jackson. Do you think he deserves this comparison? Does it make you more or less interested in someone's music when you hear them compared to someone else? Why?
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