The Singles Collection

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Second greatest hits CD still sells plenty of sex.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The insatiable fascination with sex and fame threaded throughout this record seem more like a cry for attention from an insecure girl than the sign of a confident young woman.  

Positive role models

While Brit has cleaned up her personal act somewhat over the past couple of years, she's still a long way from her sweet and innocent Mouseketeer days.

Violence
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Sex

Classic Britney: nothing super graphic, but plenty of innuendo: "Three is a charm, two is not the same / I don't see the harm, so are you game?" 

Language

The word "bitch" crops up.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional talk of smoking and drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though THE SINGLES COLLECTION features songs from Britney Spears' earlier, less risqué days, it also includes more explicit tracks from recent years -- including her latest single "3," which is all about sexual threesomes. The sex talk is never  graphic, but there's plenty of innuendo, as well as talk of smoking and drinking.

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Kids say

What's the story?

THE SINGLES COLLECTION is the second greatest hits record (or third, if you count 2005's B in the Mix: The Remixes) from Britney Spears in the last five years -- not bad for an artist who's barely out of her mid-twenties. The latest compilation contains remasters of some of the same classic tracks on the former My Prerogative greatest hits album, including "Oops! I Did It Again," "Baby One More Time," and "Toxic." It also sports hits from more recent years, such as "Gimme More," "Piece of Me," and "Circus," along with Britney's latest number one single, "3" -- her ode to the sexual threesome. The track list parallels the singer's personal life, with the more carefree and fun songs from early in her career giving way to the tunes with sordid sexual themes that have characterized her career in recent years.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Britney Spears is not just a singer, she's a brand -- known (and loved) for everything from her dancing to her image -- so she can't be judged on the merits of her lackluster vocals alone. Problem is, plenty of other brand-name artists do everything else Britney does, too, only they do it better. For example, Madonna may not be the best singer, either, but her daring image overhauls have resulted in songs that reflect a more intriguing variety of musical styles. And while Lady GaGa has also released her fair share of dance tracks, she infuses them with powerful vocals and more musical interest than Brit's ubiquitous synthesizer. Compared to tunes from these and other creative and talented counterparts, Britney's formulaic songs sound less appealing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Britney Spears' troubled personal life. Why would a girl like Britney, who seems to have everything anyone could ever want, have so much trouble finding happiness in her life?

  • What are other ways to get attention besides engaging in risky behaviors?

Music details

Artist:Britney Spears
Release date:November 20, 2009
Label:Jive Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byWil Adams June 14, 2012
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13
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You'll Love This Album

I don't think any 13-year-olds will be exposed to anything they've never heard before on this album. I think Britney is a remarkable performer no matter how badly critics chew her up. I would recommend this album to anyone who loves dancing and feeling sexy. It's a great collection of songs and its a great album without being too raunchy or overly inappropriate. But Britney should stick to pop, because the "ballads" weren't so great.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old July 31, 2010
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12
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12+

Brittany's music has a great beat, and is fun to listen to. But some of the videos are inapropriate and she is aterrible role model for children.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byCharizard632 December 27, 2009
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willowfaierie, read this.

You run a daycare and your kids dance to it. I know why. Because the rhythyms are really cool, and the kids don't pay attention to the lyrics. But when they get older (12)(13) and they listen to the song again, they'll pay attention to the lyrics and notice the music is horrible!
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Too much sex
Too much swearing

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