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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Run the World (Girls)" is an exceptionally positive song that encourages girls to believe in themselves and their ability to stand on their own. It includes no sexual references or graphic language and only one fleeting mention of drinking ("Have me raise a glass for the college grads"). The song is a great choice for tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS) is a single by uber-famous R&B singer Beyonce that's all about positive girl power. The song focuses on telling girls not to underestimate themselves, but rather to harness their inner strength and skills to make their own dreams come true. There's no profanity or adult content, aside from one mild reference to drinking: "Have me raise a glass to all the college grads." It's exactly the kind of tune that parents would want impressionable young girls to hear.
Is it any good?
Musically, "Run the World (Girls)" borrows heavily from the rap/R&B sound espoused by peers like Nicki Minaj: somewhat frenzied arrangements featuring high-pitched, Auto-Tuned vocals and lots of rat-a-tat beats. It's a 180 from former Beyonce tracks that showcase her powerhouse vocals first and foremost, but those who prefer the new approach won't be able to get enough of the single.
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