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Kidz Bop is a brand of compilation albums featuring children singing contemporary popular songs. The series was developed by Razor & Tie co-founders Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam on September 10, 2001. The albums are composed of popular songs that chart high on the Billboard Hot 100 and/or receive heavy airplay from contemporary hit radio stations several months ahead of each album's release. The songs are performed by the Kidz Bop Kids, often with lyrics deemed too explicit or suggestive for younger audiences altered to be more "kid-friendly".

The franchise has sold more than 16 million albums. Since its debut on October 9, 2001, Kidz Bop has expanded to include merchandise, music videos, a live touring division, and talent search competitions. There are 39 main albums as of January 18, 2019.


Compilation albums

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Chart performance

The Kidz Bop Kids were Billboard's No. 1 Kids' Album Artist of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 and 2017. Kidz Bop 26, released in July 2014, marked the franchise's 40th charting album on the Billboard 200. Since the brand's debut in 2000, more than 17 million Kidz Bop albums have been sold.

In November 2015, Billboard Magazine announced that the Kidz Bop Kids rank #4 on their list of artists with the Most Billboard 200 Top 10 Albums of all time. The Kidz Bop Kids rank higher than iconic artists such as Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, with 22 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 Chart.

In 2015, Kidz Bop 29 debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 chart. In the same year, the franchise moved 1.15 million units, or 23% of the entire kids music album category.

Kidz Bop has released the best-selling children's albums for the past few years; Kidz Bop 25 in 2014, Kidz Bop 27 in 2015, and Kidz Bop 31 in 2016.


Kidz Bop World Tour

The Kidz Bop World Tour was a nationwide rock concert for kids featuring child and one adult performer/mc backed by a full rock band which kicked off in the fall of 2007 in Minneapolis at Target Center. The ensembles were chosen from a nationwide talent search and featured Mary Sarah, Markelle Gay, Kristian Real, Davide Schiavone, Elizabeth Bashian and Brianna Komadina. The tour traveled the upper Midwest and east coast comprising some 29 shows during a 6-month run.

2014 "Dream Big, Sing Loud" Tour

The Kidz Bop Kids' nationwide tour promoted Kidz Bop 26 in over 40 cities in 2014. Major markets included New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and more.

The final stop of their 2014 tour was at Radio City Music Hall, where The Kidz Bop Kids performed live to open for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

2015 "Make Some Noise" Tour

The national live tour hit over 50 cities in 2015, including New York, Boston, Dallas, Washington, Nashville, Baltimore, Seattle and Los Angeles. The tour was sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop's Honey Girls. Audience members at the Kidz Bop tour saw a special preview of the Honey Girls' debut music video at each show.

In August 2015, Kidz Bop announced that it was extending the "Make Some Noise" tour to include nine holiday performances. The holiday shows were added following the success of the "Make Some Noise" tour's spring and summer dates.

2016 "Life of the Party" Tour

In February 2016, Kidz Bop announced it was celebrating its 16th birthday with the "Life of the Party" tour. In March 2016, Kidz Bop announced a partnership with Live Nation to add summer amphitheater dates to the "Life of the Party" Tour. The Kidz Bop Kids kicked off the summer shows on July 16 at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Connecticut. Additional cities included Brooklyn, Charlotte, and Chicago.

The "Life of the Party" Tour is sponsored by Friendly's Ice Cream and Crazy 8.

2017 "Best Time Ever" Tour

In February 2017, Kidz Bop and Live Nation announced the launch of the "Best Time Ever" tour. The 2017 live tour visited more than 50 cities across the U.S. and include stops at BOK Center LegoLand, Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Boardwalk Hall, Honda Center, Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island and many more. The tour was sponsored by Juicy Juice Splashers, and kicked off in April 2017.

2018 Kidz Bop Live 2018 Tour

Following the success of 2017's "Best Time Ever" tour, Kidz Bop and Live Nation announced the launch of the all-new North American Tour, "Kidz Bop Live 2018". The tour announcement coincided with the release of Kidz Bop 37. The summer leg kicked off in Toronto on June 1,2018. and hit more than 50 cities, including Chicago, New York (Jones Beach), Los Angeles (Greek Theatre and Honda Center) and Boston (Blue Hills Bank Pavilion).

Four Kidz Bop Kids perform live at each concert, which were produced by SRae Productions. The creative team behind "Kidz Bop Live 2018" has previously produced tours for Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, Rascal Flatts and Pentatonix.

2019 Kidz Bop World Tour 2019

Notable Kidz Bop alumni

  • Ross Lynch - Kidz Bop 13 - 15
  • Noah Munck - Kidz Bop 14
  • Olivia Holt - Kidz Bop 14
  • Zendaya - Kidz Bop 15
  • Elijah Johnson - Kidz Bop 20 - 24
  • Spencer Locke - Kidz Bop: Everyone's a Star (DVD)
  • Becky G - Kidz Bop 19; her song "Shower" later appeared on Kidz Bop 27
  • Kiana Brown - Winner of Kidz Bop's Kidz Star USA in 2011

International expansion

United Kingdom

In February 2017, Kidz Bop announced it was launching outside of the US for the first time and expanding to the UK. There will be a new cast of British Kidz Bop Kids. Kidz Bop partnered with Universal Music Group, ITV, Crown Talent and Media Group, and Creative Artists Agency for the UK launch. The first album, Kidz Bop, was released in the UK on March 31, 2017, and was released in the US on April 7, 2017. Another album, Kidz Bop 2018, was released in the UK on November 10, 2017.

Related projects

Kidz Bop experience at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

In 2018, Kidz Bop announced the fully branded "Kidz Bop Experience" at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.

Legoland music partnership

In 2016 Legoland Florida appointed Kidz Bop as its official music partner, coinciding with the launch of Lego Ninjago World, January 12, 2017. To celebrate the park's expansion, the Kidz Bop Kids recorded an original version of the park's (and the TV show's) theme song.

Crazy 8 fashion brand

Kidz Bop partnered with kids' clothing brand, Crazy 8 to launch the Kidz Bop clothing line. The line was designed by Crazy 8. The collection is made for children 3 to 14 years old. The line officially went on sale on November 7, 2016, in Crazy 8 stores and online. The Kidz Bop performers wore the collection on stage during their 2016 Life Of The Party tour.

Kidz Star USA talent search

In 2010, Kidz Bop launched Kidz Star USA, a national talent search for kids 15 and under.

In 2011, Kiana Brown from Phoenix, Arizona, became the second winner and received a recording contract from RCA Records. American Idol (Season 8) winner, Kris Allen, was a celebrity judge and mentor for the competition.

Dallas Wayde was the 2012 Winner with Gavin Degraw as his celebrity mentor.

Isabel Lacatus was the 2013 winner with Jennette McCurdy as her celebrity mentor.

SiriusXM Radio

In January 2012, Kidz Bop launched its first radio show on SiriusXM Radio. Kidz Bop Block Party airs every Friday at 6pm est on Kids Place Live (Channel 78). In January 2014, Kidz Bop and SiriusXM Launched Kidz Bop Radio, a 24/7 channel dedicated to playing Kidz Bop music (Channel 77).

Video games

  • Kidz Bop Dance Party: The Video Game - September 2010 (Wii)
  • Kidz Bop Composer - July 2006 (Nintendo DS)


Ineffective censorship

A 2017 study on censorship in Kidz Bop found that replacing words and phrases in songs does not disassociate the original in the minds of young listeners who have heard the uncensored song, and that "repackaging adult music as kids' music" does not remove the adult themes even when words or phrases are substituted. Christopher Bell, an associate professor of media studies at the University of Colorado has called Kidz Bop "an abomination" because it censors language but not content, altering specific words without changing or obscuring the underlying tone or meaning. He explained: "I don't need a sanitized version of "Despacito" ? I need 8-year-olds not to be singing "Despacito" because that [song] is super dirty. And Kidz Bop doesn't always make that distinction."


External links

  • Official website
Source : Wikipedia


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