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"Scream & Shout" (CD Single)

Semi-explicit dance tune with some substances and swearing.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Messages about letting loose in the club (including drinking) are more mature than negative, though talk of "lighting up" what could be an illegal substance is never OK.

Positive role models

Song celebrates drinking, partying, and perhaps using drugs.

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Chorus repeats the word "s--t," and "bitch" is used a couple of times.


The video for this song debuted during The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions drinking in the club ("Drink it up, then drink some more"), and alludes to smoking an unknown substance ("Light it up, and let's let it blow").

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Scream & Shout" is a dance-pop song by will.i.am and Britney Spears that features a couple of lines about drinking and "lighting up" (presumably pot) at the dance club, as well as repeated use of the word "s--t" and "bitch." The video for this song debuted during The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge. There is an edited version available.

What's the story?

"SCREAM AND SHOUT" is the third single from #willpower, the fourth album from rapper will.i.am -- one of the four founding members of supergroup Black Eyed Peas. The single is infused with a huge dose of star power by pop icon Britney Spears, who lends vocals to the track. The video for the song debuted on an episode of TV's The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge.

Is it any good?


Britney Spears is at a stage in her career where her huge, loyal fan base will listen to about anything she does, so despite the fact that this track lacks luster, she'll likely still get away with it. At one point, she affects a weird British accent, a la Madonna -- though Her Madgesty, Britney is not. will.i.am contributes his lines in his typical talk/rap style with an Auto-tune overlay that makes them seem even more mundane.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to have a good time without engaging in excessive drinking and substance use. Do songs about partying make you want to do the same?

  • The video for this song debuted during The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge. Do you think the song would be as popular without this promotion?

  • Why would will.i.am choose to partner with Britney Spears? What does each get out of the collaboration?

Music details

Artists:Britney Spears, will.i.am
Release date:November 19, 2012
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski May 28, 2014

I Want To Scream And Shout And Let It All Out!

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Kid, 9 years old April 15, 2014

I love it!

Good song, and the bad words s**t and b*tch are easy to ignore
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Walking Dead December 15, 2012

Crap song. Listen to British people like Ed Sheeran who can actuly sing!!!!

Bad song. I;ve come across a few good American singers but English,Irish and Koreans are WAY better at singing. For example Ed Sheeran's song Give me love, Go and type that song into Youtube right now and you will actuly know what music is! While most American singers need flashing lights and back-up singers all Ed Sheeran needs is his Guitar! In other words it is a very bad song.
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