A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while "The A Team" sounds like just another catchy romantic pop song, it actually tells a story about the deplorable state of a young girl living on the streets, selling herself to feed her addiction to getting high. Because these are real-world problems, depending on the age and maturity of your kids, you may or may not want to expose them to such grave images, especially those shown in the music video.
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What's the story?
Twenty-one-year-old British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran earned a "Song of the Year" Grammy nomination for this single from his debut album, entitled simply +. The song is about a girl struggling to survive on the streets. Though he's co-written songs for One Direction and Taylor Swift, his solo material is decidedly edgier and more about partying and excess.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between using images of drugs and sexual exploitation to glorify or criticize certain lifestyles. What sort of impact do you think such imagery has on kids, many of whom worship pop stars?
Does the accompanying music video for "The A Team" (which has more than 50 million views on YouTube) do more to convey the song's message than just the track alone?
Why do you think more and more young singer-songwriters talk about drugs and sex so openly these days?
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