"What About Love" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

YouTube star's breakup song is catchy and clean.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

While the song doesn't really have a strong positive or negative message, Mahone keeps the lyrics clean and respectful in this catchy breakup song.

Positive role models

Although he's still just at the start of his career, so far Mahone has kept a clean image with tween-friendly lyrics. He's also very involved with his legion of fans ("Mahomies"), and stays connected with them through social media and personal Skype calls.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Although the song talks about a relationship ending, there's very little innuendo.

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Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Austin Mahone shows he just might be the second coming of Justin Bieber with his single "What About Love." With no iffy language, references to drugs, alcohol, or sex, this catchy tune and fun, dance-filled video are OK for young tweens and up.

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What's the story?

Although he got his start from making his own YouTube videos, Austin Mahone shows he has what it takes to make it in the big leagues with his single, "WHAT ABOUT LOVE." With a boy-band sound (he even references 'N Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye" in the lyrics), and stellar dance moves in the song's music video, Mahone is a polished performer.

Is it any good?


While there's nothing groundbreaking or particularly interesting in Mahone's "What About Love," there's a lot of promise. The song sounds as if it could be straight off an old Backstreet Boys or 'N Sync album, but it's solid, catchy pop that will certainly appeal to tween and teens alike. And the fun music video shows Mahone has sweet dance skills and the charisma to hold up a long career ahead.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how artists make it in the music industry today. Why do you think so many performers get famous from YouTube and social media?

  • Why do you think Mahone referenced 'N Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye" in "What About Love"?

Music details

Artist:Austin Mahone
Release date:June 10, 2013
Label:Chase Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old January 11, 2014

good song

It is a good song
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old December 6, 2013

Stinks like sweaty socks, sucks like a vacuum cleaner.

Teen, 14 years old Written byBetty L. August 14, 2013

A cute song for tweens and teens alike

Austin Mahone's single WHAT ABOUT LOVE is not particularly interesting, but it has no negative messages and is good for tweens and younger kids. It's cute and catchy and easy to dance to.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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