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The site offers song samples and videos from a variety of artists--but squeaky clean artists who sing about self-confidence, like Hilary Duff and India Arie, balance out some of the more adult fare.
Violence & Scariness
Some songs mention using guns and killing (the quick preview versions of songs by bands like Insane Clown Posse aren't censored and contain references to blood, guts and guns).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the news content involves sexual terms and talk--such as an article about a contest that involves fans submitting an FCC-friendly term to replace the word "blowjob" in the chorus of a song called "Senator."
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Swears have been removed from videos like Ice-T's "Mind Over Matter," but other songs, like Meredith Brooks' "B*tch" aren't censored at all; the site's written content includes some swears (for example, there's an article on a band called F*cked Up).
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Products & Purchases
In addition to banner ads, product plugs for items like gum appear before some videos. Thirty second audio samples of many songs--the site features more of these than it does videos--are also on hand; users can purchase MP3 versions from Rhapsody.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some videos include references to drugs (although some specific marijuana terms appear to have been removed/covered up); drinking isn't treated as taboo, either (in one interview, the host and interview subject sip beers while discussing the music industry and touring).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that users need to register and sign in to post comments. Registration requires entering an e-mail address, birth date, location (including zip code), password and username. To post things to MTV Hive, you also need to click on an e-mail verification link and join the Hive community. You can also opt to link your account and log in via Facebook.
Is It Any Good?
Music fans may find themselves spending some serious time on MTV HIVE, which features live performance clips, full-length music videos, music news, artist bios and more.
You can't find videos for every song under the sun on the site, which makes kids' viewing experience a little bit safer--and swear words in some of the songs have been removed. However, that's not to say this is a site for kids--they're more likely to stumble across gangster rap than Raffi, and there's plenty of sexual innuendo in songs like "I Invented Sex."
That said, you don't have to create a profile or log in to view things on the site, so kids can stay anonymous--and there's plenty to keep them interested. You may want to guide kids to some of the safer or censored tunes, but with a little supervision, MTV Hive could help them develop an interest in (or possible addiction to) music.
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