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"Tik Tok" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know in general this is a fun, frivolous song about hitting the clubs and partying with friends. But several references to alcohol (including brushing teeth with Jack Daniels) may lead listeners to the conclusion that in order to party hearty, you need to get drunk. On the single, Ke$ha has run-ins with police and drunken groping men, while bragging that she won't be home all night.
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What's the story?
TIK TOK is Ke$ha's debut single, although the 22-year old singer-songwriter came into the public spotlight earlier this year thanks to her collaboration with Flo Rida on his hit single "Right Round." The brash and bold songstress has her first album due out in early 2010, but this single has topped the charts for several months. Recounting her exploits of hard partying, flirting, and just general misbehavior, "TIk Tok" is all about not letting anything get in the way of a good time.
Is it any good?
Ke$ha has proved she has a strong, powerful voice that's backed up by a devil-may-care attitude and swagger that's usually reserved for the boys of hip-hop. This was immediately evident on her world debut "Right Round" collaboration. But "Tik Tok" fails to capture all the high-octane personality that Ke$ha previously brought to the table. Over-production is most obviously to blame, as Ke$ha's voice is consistently garbled and digitized thanks to someone with a heavy hand on the autotune button. The bold, in-your-face attitude is still apparent on this track, but Ke$ha's clear and distinct vocal abilities aren't there to carry the song far enough to stand out from the pack.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about alcohol and the media. What examples can you find in music and in film that make drinking look cool? Have you noticed any ads that try to sell the coolness of alcohol? Does this make you feel at all pressured to experiment with alcohol?
Ke$ha sings about staying up all night and partying. What do you think the effects would be on your life if you did that all the time? Would you be able to get good grades or succeed in school? Would adults who acted like this be able to hold down a well-paying job or have a satisfying career?
Families can talk about how role models can influence behavior. When you hear Ke$ha sing about reckless partying, does it make you think this behavior is a little more acceptable than you would have previously thought? Do you think celebrities that act this way get more attention than those who behave nicely?
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