A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Given the various genres and songs available,the lyrics range from completely clean to misogynistic and vulgar depending onwhat users choose to view –- and what the singers choose to say.
Violence & Scariness
Some songs boast aboutviolence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It's not difficult to findsexualized images and photos, and there are plenty of lyrics that containexplicit sexual references.
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Plenty of the songs containprofanity. And even though the scrolling karaoke lyrics don't include theprinted word itself, they're easily heard and easily discernible.
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Products & Purchases
Aside from the prevalent ads,the site has many natural music tie-ins and leverages them to the hilt. There is a steady stream of recording artists who promote theirnew releases via karaoke contests. Brand names are occasionally mentioned insong lyrics.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some songs celebrate drugand/or alcohol use. Also, some "performers" replace existing lyrics with theirown, occasionally referencing drug and/or alcohol use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this section of MySpace allows visitors to record and listen to songs, create profiles, collect friends, and discover new music. Professional recording artists and entertainment companies also use the site to promote commercial efforts.
Is It Any Good?
Karaoke. You either love it or hate it. MySpace Karaoke is fascinating in much the same way an accident site or train wreck is to rubberneckers. Sure it has some entertainment value, but because much of the entertainmentisn't high quality, it becomes a bit much to bear. Teens, however, will bedrawn in by the chance to critique others and to provide anonymous feedback, arating, and virtual "applause." Ultimately,the site is a perfect place for even the most introverted to express theirsinging talent (or lack thereof).
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