Ksolo.MySpace

 
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MySpace Karaoke has treasures -- and some trash.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Some songs boast aboutviolence.

Sex

It's not difficult to findsexualized images and photos, and there are plenty of lyrics that containexplicit sexual references.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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What's it about?

Billing itself as "The Ultimate Online Karaoke Experience" MYSPACE KARAOKE consists of karaoke versions ofsongs recorded by people from all walks of life and all level of talent. A wide array of song choices areoffered up as accompaniment, all of which include follow-along lyrics to guide the way. The "performers" -- of which thereare thousands -- have their requisite photos (or videos) featured prominentlywith each performance, and you'll find images of friendly families alongsidescantily clad school girls. Users who createtheir own recordings collect fans as well as feedback, much like the friendswho fill a user's MySpace page.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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).

You have to have a MySpace account to access the karaoke feature. See our Social Network Tips for guidelines.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whythey think people need to participate in online karaoke? Is it because theytruly believe they're talented? Or simply because they have a need to be seenand heard? And why is the public so fascinated with seeing others perform -- especiallywhen the performances aren't necessarily very good? Also important is adiscussion about what the performers get out of the feedback -- positive ornegative -- they receive.

Website details

Genre:Music
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 14 year old Written bylollypop8381 November 28, 2009
 

There is nothing wrong with K Solo

I love love love K Solo on MySpace. Im not sure what rock you think kids hide under now a days, but the songs on K Solo are no worse than most movies we allow our kids to watch. How many rated R movies have you allowed your kids to see, how many violent video games have they played that contain major profanity? Alot? Exactly! The only think wrong with K Solo site is they dont upload enough "hit music" and have alot of lame or old songs for us to attempt to sing.
Adult Written bycarebear67 October 22, 2009
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