A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Katy Perry's single "Roar" is a clean, girl-power anthem. With no iffy language, references to drugs or alcohol, or sexy stuff, this track is appropriate for tweens and up. The video, which shows Perry and her friends texting the lyrics while she goes about her day, does show Katy sitting on the toilet and taking a bath, but the shots are only slightly suggestive and not explicit.
What's the story?
"ROAR" is the latest in a series of empowering singles from pop star Katy Perry. Like "Part of Me," the track focuses on Perry finding her inner strength and independence after being pushed around by others: "I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath / Scared to rock the boat and make a mess." The fierce chorus proclaims "Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar!" The silly lyric video shows Katy going about her day and texting the lyrics back and forth with her friends.
Is it any good?
Like most of Perry's songs, "Roar" is a fun pop-anthem with the perfect upbeat chorus to sing along to. Although it's a catchy song, it feels more one-dimensional and unoriginal than some of her other tracks. Part of the problem is that it sounds eerily similar to Sara Bareilles's "Brave." The lyrics are also mostly a series of cliches and boxing references tied together like "I got the eye of the tiger" and "Now I'm floating like a butterfly / Stinging like a bee." It's a fun track with a positive message, but at the end of the day it feels like something we've already heard before.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about role models. Do you think Katy Perry is a positive role model? Why or why not?
Why do you think Perry keeps writing songs about standing up for herself? Do you think it's in reference to her personal life and her divorce from Russell Brand?
Have you heard Sara Bareilles's "Brave"? Do you think this song sounds the same, as some critics say?
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