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The Pop Game
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Rap Game spinoff The Pop Game highlights the realities of commercially succeeding in the pop music industry. It’s a little less edgy than the original show, and the language is quite a bit cleaner, but there’s some competitive behavior between parents which sometimes leads to arguing and yelling. Pop songs from various artists and the Mosely Music Group label is prominently featured.
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What's the story?
Executive produced by Queen Latifah, THE POP GAME is an unscripted series featuring a group of aspiring pop stars competing for the opportunity to sign with a major record label. Rapper, producer, and Mosely Music Group (MMG) label founder Timbaland searched on YouTube, Facebook, and other online outlets to find promising five young people who have musical talent and major star potential. He brings them to Los Angeles for 10 weeks, where they work hard to improve their vocals, style, and confidence. As they sing at nerve-wracking showcases, perform in music videos, and face other challenges, they must impress Timbaland and MMG execs Gary Morella and Marcuse Spence, as well as producer Larrance Dopson and MMG song writer Kenzie Lawson. Drama between the parents and managers sometimes add to the pressure. It’s hard, unforgiving work, but they are giving it their all in hopes of being added to the label.
Is it any good?
The Rap Game spinoff is an honest unscripted series that showcases what it takes to become a successful pop artist. It’s not as edgy as its sister series, but it still offers some important and difficult lessons about what the business is like, which includes being able to perform under pressure, coping with competition and criticism, and lots of rejection. It also highlights the fact that talent, and however popular you are on social media, doesn’t automatically make you a good fit for the commercial music industry.
Thanks to contestant performances and guest appearances by popular singers like Jordin Sparks, Nelly Furtado, and Jojo,The Pop Game will easily appeal to aspiring young singers of all ages. But throughout it all, industry mentors are constantly noting that producing commercially successful pop music is a cutthroat game that requires endless amounts of work, effort, and sacrifice to win. Perhaps the most important lesson it offers is the fact that it takes much more than a dream and a good voice to make you a music star.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the challenges that young people face when entering the commercial music industry. Should kids be going into the industry, given all the challenges they will face? What are the benefits?
The Pop Game highlights some of the many things that people have to do in order to become a pop star. What things should people never do when trying to break into the business? Does this show do a good job of addressing these things?
For kids who love music
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