"Troublemaker (feat. Flo Rida)" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

British X Factor star hits U.S. with fun, mildly edgy tune.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song shows someone stuck in a toxic relationship ("My mind keeps saying / Run as fast as you can / I say I'm done but then you pull me back,") which isn't the best example for kids.


Positive role models

The music video shows a girl standing up for herself when a guy gropes her at work, but she also continually gets fired from jobs for being a "troublemaker," which doesn't make her a very good role model.

Not applicable

The song mostly has light innuendo about bad love feeling good, but it does have one more edgy line: "But you know just how to work that back / And make me forget my name."


There are two uses of "damn" and one use of "hell."



Flo Rida sings "Typical middle name is Prada." Murs is a former contestant on the British version of The X Factor.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's one reference to drinking in the lyrics with "After a drink or two / I was putty in your hands." The video also shows them in a bar where people are drinking in one scene.

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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Kids say

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. 

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Olly Murs
Release date:May 1, 2013
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 June 7, 2013

Funky and fun

I really like this song! And I surprisingly liked the rap shortly; I didn't ultimately just get used to it (like in "The Way").
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter January 18, 2014

Very catchy song

To be honest, I could do without Flo Rida in this song, although, compared to most rappers, he isn't that annoying. Mild swear words from Flo Rida.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 August 15, 2013

Infectious song, but watch out for lyrics

This song is extremely catchy, and Olly Murs is a really good singer. However, I don't like how the song portrays someone stuck into a relationship that they know is no good ("My mind keeps saying run as fast as you can/I say we're through but then you pull me back"). There's also some language ("h*ll" and "d*mn" are used in the rap Flo Rida does) and an alcoholic reference ("After a drink or two I was putty in your hands").
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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