Stars Dance

Common Sense Media says

Tired, mildly suggestive collection of generic dance-pop.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While many of the songs are supposed to be uplifting, they read as inauthentic and essentially promote a party-based lifestyle.

Positive role models

While Gomez is clearly trying to maintain her role model status, her songs about embracing her wild side and wanting to dance all night aren't exactly inspiring.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The album avoids any explicit lyrics (other than a few uses of "sexy"), but is permeated with not-so-subtle innuendos and references like "do it," "mouth to mouth resuscitation," "feel your body next to mine all night," and "night and day I'll be your muse."

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One colloquial drug reference: "This beat is crack."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this collection of generic dance-pop from Disney Channel star Selena Gomez is free of explicit content, but filled with mildly suggestive songs about dance-floor bliss and all-night parties. None of the lyrics are shocking or any more sexual than a majority of what's popular on mainstream radio right now, but parents should not expect a squeaky-clean pop princess with a positive message.

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What's the story?

STARS DANCE is the fourth studio album from former Disney Channel superstar Selena Gomez, though it's technically her first solo effort. However, to call it a solo album is to neglect the fact that pretty much all of the music was created by super-producers and professional songwriters (though Gomez is credited with co-writes on some of the lyrics), which gives the record a very impersonal and inauthentic feel to it. The songs are all heavily electronic-based and could easily blend into any nightclub DJ set, but the constant drops and breakdowns get repetitive quickly, as do the annoying and oft-repeated choruses.

Is it any good?

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Hardcore fans of Gomez may enjoy this collection of loud and obnoxious dance music, but pretty much anyone else will probably find it forgettable and regrettable. The lyrics are hollow and barely make sense, the production is over-the-top but somehow boring, and everything sounds so over-processed and manufactured that it's hard not to feel creeped out. Her voice sounds robotic, her message is unclear, and the music seems to lack a purpose, other than large paychecks for all parties involved.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how many Disney child stars have gone on to become pop sensations, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and now Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. Why do you think they have been so successful?

  • What do you think of pop music's transition into a heavily EDM-based sound and aesthetic, complete with references to neon lights and extremely loud bass?

  • Why do you think Selena Gomez has maintained a more wholesome image than peers like ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber and former Disney Channel star Vanessa Hudgens?

Music details

Artist:Selena Gomez
Release date:July 19, 2013
Type:Album
Label:Hollywood Records
Genre:Dance/pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written bytrustinme September 12, 2013
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9
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Girl Power, Positive Album!

Yes, a lot of the songs in this album are about partying, but it's not like We Can't Stop or any of Miley's songs. They're about having fun, being yourself, and letting go on the dance floor. Though Selena's songs don't have much substance, they have fun uplifting beats and are about girl power. Selena tells girls about feeling beautiful and confident. I think this album is one of her best yet. I would recommend it for fans 9 and up. :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old August 28, 2013
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It's pretty cool but only for "mature" kids

I think this is a catchy album but its pretty much about partying. She also says Baby a lot, especially in Slow Down, which is probably the best song in the album.
Adult Written byRosebud95 August 9, 2013
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Don't be so mainstream

Some of the songs are catchy, and her voice seems to be getting better (not as good as Demi, of course). The thing is, it can sometimes get to 'synthy', 'autotune-y', and repeatitve. "Birthday" is really repetitive and needs a dance routine to carry as a decent track."Undercover" is catchy, but it's got the mainstream sound. And the bonus track "Nobody Does It Like You" is insanely over-produced; it sounds like me when I don't know what say on the T-Pain app! The best song on here that showcases her increasingly stronger voice is "Stars Dance", "Like A Champion", and maybe even "Slow Down". She seems more comfortable with these songs. The heartbreak songs are good, too. Best songs in order: 1.Like A Champion 2. B.E.A.T. 3. Slow Down 4. Stars Dance 5. Music Feels Better (which sounds a lot like "Music Sounds Better" by Big Time Rush) 6. Forget Forever 7. Write Your Name 8. Undercover 9. Love Will Remember 10. Save The Day 11. Come & Get It 12. Birthday 13. Nobody Does It Like You It seems like in some songs she's almost breaking out of mainstream pop, but then caves in and eludes a more exotic vibe. Also, she should add more of her own sound 'cause some of these seem to be more than inspired by other songs. Like, while I like it, "B.E.A.T." (what's it supposed to stand for, anyway?) it basically ripped-off Dev's "Bass Down Low" in the chorus "I like the lights in my hand and the beat in my face" = "I like my beat fast and my bass down low". But while it's sort of knockoff, Selena's is better than Dev's. All in all, this is mostly a dance album like Blackout by Britney Spears --- but done better.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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