"Turn up the Music" Remix (CD Single)

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Club beat is mostly clean, features ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

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Positive Messages

Nothing overly positive or negative in the lyrics, which are about being on the dance floor. Hype surrounding Rihanna as a guest singer on the song after their public, abusive past certainly adds some mixed messages, though.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hard to say that Chris Brown or Rihanna are positive role models, but perhaps there is something to be said for trying to move on.


Minor innuendo about being on the dance floor: "Fill me up and take me down," "Turn up the music cuz I feel a little turned on," "If you're sexy and you know it put your hands up in the air."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One line references drinking: "Fill your cup and drink it down."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this remix single features Chris Brown's ex-girlfriend Rihanna, not to mention major publicity surrounding their collaboration after a public, abusive relationship in 2009. The song, however, is clean and fine for teens and up, but does have some minor innuendo and mention of drinking in the club.

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What's the story?

Released almost simultaneously with ex-girlfriend Rihanna's duet with Brown ("Birthday Cake"), "TURN UP THE MUSIC" might be Chris Brown's way of shutting down the haters and just doing what he does best -- sing and dance. The song is about a night out on the dance floor at a club.

Is it any good?

No matter what his past offenses are, Chris Brown has talent when it comes to music. "Turn Up the Music" might be his way of showing that he's ready to move on from his notorious past with Rihanna and keep the naysayers at bay. The song lets his airy, effortless vocals slide through the pop R&B synth and bass beats, and whether it's a bad career move or not, Rihanna adds a new layer of color that works on this song.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the attention that this song is getting because it features Brown's ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, whom he assaulted in 2009. Would the song be getting as much publicity if it featured a different woman? Do you think this is why Brown chose Rihanna?

  • How do you feel about the fact that Rihanna is willing to sing on Brown's song? What, if anything, does this say about her? Does it send a positive or negative message?

  • Rihanna has the last line of the song: "Baby, I love you." It's just a song lyric, but why did she choose to sing that particular lyric in this song with this person?

Music details

  • Artists: Chris Brown, Rihanna
  • Release date: February 10, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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