"TTYLXOX" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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OMG, this song isn't great, but OK for kids who TXT :)

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

A song that fuels the obsession that tweens and teens have for texting isn't exactly positive, but it's hard to make a song very meaningful when it's full of acronyms.

Positive Role Models & Representations

So far Bella Thorne is a super-sweet and spunky Disney star whose only misstep is trying to carry a single on her own. Luckily, she's so darn cute we'll forgive her for this one.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Single promotes Disney show Shake It Up, and was featured on an episode. Video premiered simultaneously with Zendaya's track "Something to Dance For," then both were mixed together as one song. Genius, Disney.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "TTYLXOX" premiered on Shake It Up along with a single from Zendaya to stir up a little friendly competition between BFFs CeCe and Rocky. The DJ decides to mash the two together, and the result is a fun mix with both singles. On her track, Bella Thorne takes the texting phenomenon to the dancefloor, singing in acronyms to create a song. She sings a bit about boys and wearing the same thing as someone else to a party, but that's all that really happens. The song lacks substance, but there's nothing inappropriate for kids, other than the fact that it encourages texting. The video premiered with Zendaya's simultaneously released track, so fans will love that.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byKennyLogginsFan October 19, 2012

War crimes

The producer of this track should tried for violating the geneva conventions.
Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile March 25, 2020

The tune is boring but I love the lyrics.

The tune is boring but I love the lyrics!
Kid, 11 years old January 22, 2013

Really good

I think this a really cool song. It does get repetitive sometimes, but the lyrics are clean and Bella Thorne should get some credit because it is her first sing... Continue reading

What's the story?

Bella Thorne, the red-haired half of the BFF duo CeCe and Rocky from Disney Channel's Shake It Up, releases the catchy "text"-driven single, "TTYLXOX." The song is featured on an episode of Shake It Up along with a new single from fellow star Zendaya, and on the album Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance.

Is it any good?

These days it seems anyone can sing. And although Bella Thorne is loveable and funny on her TV show, she should probably stick with acting. Yes the song is catchy, but the texting acronyms start to sound a little repetitive and lame, and Thorne's voice isn't especially strong. That said, tweens will love this track because it's written in their language. Plus, it does have clean lyrics and content, which is a positive thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the positive and negative aspects of texting. When can texting become unsafe or problematic? What rules do you follow when texting?

  • Why do so many teen TV stars dip their talents into the music industry as well? Why do so many singers act? Should they? Does it make them more marketable as one or the other or both?

Music details

  • Artist: Bella Thorne
  • Release date: March 6, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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