"Spotlight" (CD single)

Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Oscar winner and Idol alum is rock solid.

Parents say

age 13+
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Kids say

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Talks about a woman not wanting a man to control her.


Mentions "hell" once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a song about a woman trying to get out from under an overbearing relationship. It's fine for young J-Hud fans as there's nothing distasteful about it. Kids will want to hear this track -- and Hudson's upcoming album -- after having seen her on American Idol and in Dreamgirls.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byJulie P November 12, 2008

Great Song---Download this And I'm Telling You

The rest of the cd is a sleeper and your kids wont be interested.
Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian gurl April 25, 2011

For teens' not tweens

It's pretty catchy, but there's a bad word that might not be considered to people

What's the story?

SPOTLIGHT is about a woman trying to get out from under an overbearing relationship. It has an easy, slow build reminiscent of R&B songs of the '80s, and similar to Mary J. Blige, it's got a great hook and some very likable light piano riffs.

Is it any good?

The song is an interesting first choice of a single for the delightfully audacious Jennifer Hudson. Most fans would expect a little bit of Dreamgirls Effie who strikes out with such dramatic conviction, "And I'm telling you I'm not going!" But there's no belting on "Spotlight" -- and that's OK. With it's steady beat, pleasing vocals, and strong lyrical message, the song (that lasts for almost a whole five minutes) it's still rather satisfying and will likely further catapult J-Hud into the superstar stratosphere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Jennifer Hudson's interesting career. Has she already had more success as an actress than she will as a singer? Since season three of American Idol, she's done more movies (Dreamgirls, Sex and the City) than released music, so will fans continue to take her seriously as a singer?

Music details

  • Artist: Jennifer Hudson
  • Release date: June 5, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Arista
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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