Released

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun music series promotes global artists, has sexy stuff.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights details about the performers and their work, including what inspires them, how they see themselves as artists, and other details. Female empowerment, hard work, and other positive themes are occasionally referenced. 

Positive Role Models

The show's host is a Black woman. Musical performers come from from different countries, are different genders, and represent diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. They also perform different kinds of music. 

Violence

Artists discuss falling off stages and other rough moments. 

Sex

Some episodes and music videos feature brief moments of tight, skin-revealing clothing, suggestive dancing, and sexually suggestive lyrics.

Language

Curses are fully bleeped, and mouths and rude gestures are blacked out. The Spanish term "bichota," which is considered a derogatory term in some communities, is used and reclaimed by one artist as an empowering metaphor for women. 

Consumerism

The series is an obvious promotional vehicle for each artist who is featured on the show and is specifically intended to promote their new music. Footage of performers’ earlier music videos and live performances is shown. There are references to Instagram and other social media platforms, and shout-outs to iPhones and other products that represent sponsors. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are brief references to alcohol, most of which will go over kids' heads. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Released is a reality series showcasing artists from all over the world and across genres sharing details about their lives and music. It is also a promotional vehicle for each performer's new music. There are images of seductive dancing, women in skin-revealing clothing, and on occasion references to violence in the lyrics. Cursing is bleeped, and mouths and rude gestures are blacked out. Some installments discuss or make references to Black Lives Matter, empowering women, and other positive messages. 

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What's the story?

RELEASED is a YouTube Originals series featuring musical artists from around there world. Hosted by popular radio disc jockey Little Bacon Bear, it features singers across genres sharing personal details about themselves and interesting details about their work. From U.S. performers like Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus to Colombian reggaeton singer Karol G. and British crooner Sam Smith, each 15-minute episode offers viewers a chance to learn a little bit more about them. After each installment premieres, the artist’s latest music video is dropped. 

Is it any good?

Part entertainment, part commercial, this original series features artists from around the world offering brief details about their lives, their music, and the highs and lows of their careers. Little Bacon Bear organizes each interview into segments, ranging from "Would you rather?" question and answer games, to conversations about artists’ individual playlists. In between segments with the showcased artist, the host also throws in some brief conversations and interviews with other performers, highlighting some of their music and activities. 

Released will appeal to music fans of all ages, and care is taken to make it age-appropriate viewing for a broad streaming audience. It also introduces viewers to up-and-coming artists, as well as musical performers from all over the world. But like most series of this type, it’s a marketing tool. Each new episode premiers at 11:45pm EST, and strategically leads up to the release of the featured artist’s new music video at midnight. But If you can look past the commerical component, no doubt folks that tune in will find it enjoyable. 

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