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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that former British The X Factor contest Olly Murs has jumped the pond to hit it big in the U.S. with this single. "Troublemaker," which features Flo Rida, is a fun and fluffy pop song about loving a bad girl. With a few references to sex and drinking and some light profanity, the song is best for older tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
A former contestant on the British version of The X Factor and already popular over in the U.K., Olly Murs is now topping the U.S. charts with his single "TROUBLEMAKER," which features Flo Rida on one verse. The tale of loving a bad girl is dramatized in a funny and over-the-top music video, which shows the "troublemaker" getting fired from job after job for well, causing trouble. Her quirky appeal keeps Murs coming back for more.
Is it any good?
"Troublemaker" and its hilarious video are pure pop fun. Although there's nothing really new here (it's another song about loving a bad girl), and Murs could be a stand-in for Adam Levine of Maroon 5, the chorus is so infectious, you don't really care. You'll be singing along with the "oh oh ohs" by the second chorus.
The only downfall is the random verse from Flo Rida, which feels unnecessary. His spot in the video is as over-the-top as the rest, showing him posing with lots of bling and girls in gold bikinis. But it falls kind of flat in comparison to the rest of the video.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about shows like The X Factor. Are they a good way for performers to make it in the music industry?
Do you like the pairing of Flo Rida and Olly Murs? Do you think the verse with Flo Rida added anything to the song?
What do you think of the music video? Was the style a good fit for the song?
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