"Your Love's a Drug" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Teen idol's irresponsible single links love with addiction.

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Positive messages

The song makes addiction seem fun and sexy, comparing it to lusting after someone, normalizing drug-dependent behavior.

Positive role models

Meester sings about being totally controlled by her desires: "I'm going to tell you how I feel, how I couldn't breath, when you're not with me."

Sex

An overdose of desire with lines like "Gotta have it now...You're all I need, your love's a drug, can't get enough."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Although no specific drugs are referenced by name, the entire premise of this song is to compare wanting someone to craving a drug. Phrases like "feening" "habit," "high," "addicted," and "in my veins" are followed by lines like "I'm a slave to my habit."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the bad influence of Gossip Girl has reached the music charts with this single that uses lots of drug references to describe sexual desires. Imagine that, the song has managed to combine sex and drugs into one package! It's like a double-whammy of bad influence here. And these messages are topped off with a peppy party mix that makes the whole concept seem incredibly sexy and appealing.

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What's the story?

"YOUR LOVE'S A DRUG" is a single off of Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester's debut album of a similar name, Love is a Drug, due out in the spring of 2010. The song plays on the concept that desire for someone can be as addicting as a drug habit, and uses all types of references to prove this point. "I've become a slave to my habit, feening for your love, gotta have it now." The tone is high-energy with synthesizers, club beats, and Madonna-esque pop vocals from the TV star.

Is it any good?

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If you overlook the irresponsible decision to use drug references in a song obviously targeted at teens, this song from a musical standpoint is pretty darn appealing. Its heavily-produced vocals and thumping beats turn any setting into a club party, and Meester's hooks are a guilty pleasure that, dare we say, are flat out...addicting. However, this song is better left to the clubs and disco halls, not study hall.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how drugs and alcohol are often glamorized in the media. How do you separate the reality from the fantasy when it comes to drug references and songs like this one? Do the mixed messages about drugs and alcohol confuse you?

  • Talk about healthy romantic relationships. Do you think obsessing over someone is a good way to feel? Do songs like this promote the idea that love has to be all-consuming and addictive? Can you think of songs that promote a balanced approach to love?

  • Talk about the Gossip Girl stars and how their behavior on and off the small screen influences teens. Why would the GG characters be considered bad role models? What about the real-life stars? Do they at least offer families a chance to discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior?

Music details

Artist:Leighton Meester
Release date:January 26, 2010
Label:Universal Republic
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 30, 2012
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your loves drug cd single

this one? Do the mixed messages about drugs and alcohol confuse you? Talk about healthy romantic relationships. Do you think obsessing over someone is a good way to feel? Do songs like this promote the idea that love has to be all-consuming and addictive? Can you think of songs that promote a balanced approach to love? Talk about the Gossip Girl stars and how their behavior on and off the small screen influences teens. Why would the GG characters be considered bad role models? What about the real-life stars? Do they at least offer families a chance to discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior?
What other families should know
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Too much violence
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Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byCommonSenseParent December 6, 2010
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Great music for middle and high schoolers (6th grade and up)

Talented pop star Leighton Meester makes fun and excellent pop hits that are appropiate for kids. Despite Common Sense Media's review, I found nothing explicit or sinful.
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bykARlA AlEXiS May 25, 2010
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15
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Perfect for all on and off relationships

I love this freakin songgg:]
What other families should know
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