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Teenage Dream

More sex, hardcore partying on pop star's second CD.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though this album includes some songs ("Last Friday Night", "California Gurls") that glamorize hard, irresponsible partying, it features other tunes like "Firework" that have a positive, inspirational message: "Baby you're a firework, come on, show 'em what you're worth / Make 'em go 'oh, oh, oh' as you shoot across the sky." 

Positive role models

In light of all the casual sex and drinking discussed in Perry's songs, it's hard to call her a role model. In her personal life, however, she maintains a solid, committed relationship with the comedian Russell Brand.

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Lots of sexual innuendo. For example, from the song "Peacock": "Are you brave enough to let me see your peacock? / What are you waiting for, it's time for you to show it off / Don't be a shy kinda guy, I'll bet it's beautiful."


Some f-bombs.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Plenty of talk about drinking, plus the song "Circle the Drain" deals with drug addiction.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album includes several songs with strong adult content. Casual sex and hardcore partying are discussed in several tunes, and the f-word is used in a few tracks. The only difference between the explicit and edited versions of the record is that the latter bleeps out the f-bombs. While there are a handful of redeeming songs that emphasize self-esteem and not settling for less, this album is generally not meant for younger teens.

What's the story?

Following up on her smash debut album, One of the Boys, sultry pop singer Katy Perry has released her sophomore album, TEENAGE DREAM. Content-wise, the new record is a lot like the old -- with Perry once again including several shockers that rival her infamous tune "I Kissed a Girl". Several songs feature eye-popping references to casual sex and intense drinking and partying ("There's a stranger in my bed, there's a pounding my head ... I smell like a minibar, DJ's passed out in the yard"). These songs overshadow others that actually have a positive message, like the self-esteem anthem "Firework," putting the record ultimately out of reach of impressionable tweens and young teens.

Is it any good?


To write and produce most of this album, Katy Perry brought in big guns like Max Martin and Dr. Luke, both of whom have worked with other huge pop stars like Kelly Clarkson and Pink. The approach paid off for Perry in a super infectious collection of songs that you want to hear over and over again. Highlights include the excellent summer anthems "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream," along with the booty-shaking "Peacock."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what can happen when you engage in adult behaviors before you're an adult. Can you think of some potential repercussions that could result from having sex at a very young age?

  • What are the consequences of underage drinking?

Music details

Artist:Katy Perry
Release date:August 24, 2010
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 9 years old August 26, 2012

I love Katy perry!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Katy perry! My favorite song of hers is peacock, California gurls, and circle the drain. My mom let's me listen to peacock even though ot has some pretty innapropriate language. "you have the finest arcetectur. End of the rainbow looking treasure. Such a sight to see and it is all for me!"
Kid, 11 years old December 3, 2010
I am in love with this album. I think that parents should be careful though. Some songs like Peacock, Hummingbird Heartbeat, and Teenage Dream aren't very appropriate for younger kids. I, in fact, do know what her lyrics mean. A lot of it involves sex and partying. I think the profanity will be a problem. The song Circle The Drain and California Gurls are pretty bad. I think if you were going to get this album then I would definetly get a 'Clean' version of the lyrics. It won't take out any words but the F Word. If you were going to get this for your daughter, I would say to not let them listen to Peacock. Even though I am only 11 years old, I think this CD is amazing. I am very mature for my age. I know that many of the things on this CD is not age appropriate, but what ever is anymore? I think this would be fine as long as your children are trust worthy enough to NOT go singing the whole song (Including all of the swear words) at school. The best song for children on this album is Firework. It has a positive message and it is great. Overall, I love this CD.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old April 3, 2012

Best ever katy album but a few risque songs

I know,Katy is 25 or 26 and is tryna be a badgirl but i loved her christian album (which was realeased when i wasn't even born yet lol) Peacock is the best song ever,just don't sing it at school/church and your good i love Katy!I'm not gay but she is HOT
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking