Kidz Bop Launches Kidz Bop Radio on Sirius XM

unnamedSiriusXM has teamed up with Kidz Bop, the No. 1 kids’ music brand in the U.S., to launch Kidz Bop Radio. Kids and families can now tune into Kidz Bop’s dedicated channel featuring music from the chart-topping Kidz Bop album series 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Kidz Bop Kids—Ashlynn, Bredia, Grant, Jayna, and Matt—will host the new channel.

To celebrate the channel launch and release of Kidz Bop 25, the Kidz Bop Kids sang songs from the new album during a special, in-studio performance yesterday. The special aired on SiriusXM’s Kidz Bop Radio, via satellite on XM channel 77, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. For rebroadcast times, please visit siriusxm.com/kidzbop.

Kidz Bop Radio features non-stop music, featuring today’s biggest hits, sung by kids for kids.

Musical Toys: An Inspiration to Pursue the Art

by Rachel Matthews, guest blogger

Not too long ago, the Kidz Bop kids found their way performing at venues in New York and New Jersey. Their collection of poppy, top 40 covers has allowed them to produce dozens of compilation albums, launch a U.S. star search, release books, video games, and toys.

The line-up of the group is in constant rotation as each member ages. Because of this rotation, many a child beg their parents for a singing lesson—especially in New York—after seeing a Kidz Bop performance. The chances of becoming a member is hard pressed as detailed by this young musician, but the combination of their U.S. talent search and brand gives hope to many children within the States.

Of course, aiming to sing for a band such as Kidz Bop is only part of what’s driving up sales in music -parents must by music-related toys to help further their children’s ambitions.

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COMMENTARY: Be a Rock Star—Through Play!

From the ages of 9 to about—oh I don’t know—now, few things got me more excited than hearing a Spice Girls song. I remember the days of standing in front of my mirror with a hair brush belting out all of Britney Spears‘ greatest hits. Everyone—whether you have an extreme case of stage fright or, like myself, were a diva-beyond-compare since the age of 5—loves the fantasy of being a rock star. It takes a lot of guts and gall—and boy does it seem glamorous.

We all know from reading the news that not all roads to rock stardom are as shiny, bright, and full of great shoes as we all hope for them to be. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still love the fantasy. With the upgrade of technology being incorporated into toys, kids’ fantasies of being a rock star are becoming truly, well, spectacular. Here are some great toys that will get kids—and kids at heart—up in front of that mirror belting into a hairbrush.

superstarThe Barbie Build ‘n Play Super Star Stage, from Mega Bloks, allows girls ages 5 and up to build their own two-story stage that features real lights and sounds that move to the music. The set comes with approximately 290 pieces, including sparkling blocks for a touch of extra glimmer. The Super Star Stage has three songs that will get kids up and dancing. Super Star Barbie, Raquelle, and Teresa figures are included with tons of fabulous accessories to make their rock show glam, including microphones, guitars, a DJ booth, a keyboard, and an elevator with a spinning feature. [Read more...]

Kidz Bop Kids to Perform at Venues in New York and New Jersey

image-3The Kidz Bop kids will be performing at various venues in New York and New Jersey from August 8 to 11. The kids performed at the Pre-Game show at the New York Mets game on August 8 at Citi Field. One of the members, Eva, will also be singing the National Anthem. The kids will then perform at Rye Playland on August 10, and will play at the Encore Event Center on August 11.

Kidz Bop 24 Release Coincides with Kidz Star USA Competition

image001Kidz Bop 24, the latest volume in the best-selling Kidz Bop audio series, is the sixth consecutive Kidz Bop title to debut in the Top 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

Timed with the release of Kidz Bop 24, Kidz Bop launched its annual talent competition, Kidz Star USA, America’s biggest online talent search for kids ages 15 and under. This summer, Kidz Bop has teamed up with Six Flags Entertainment to bring The Official Kidz Star Live Audition Tour to 10 different Six Flags Theme Parks, where kids can audition live for the first time ever. Aspiring young singers can enter for their chance to win an RCA Records recording contract in two ways. Kids can upload a 90-second performance video to KidzBop.com or audition in person at select Six Flags Theme Parks.

Auditions and activities are free with paid park admission. TV and film star Jennette McCurdy is this year’s celebrity mentor and will help select the 2013 Kidz Star USA Grand Prize Winner. Four finalists will be flown to Hollywood to compete on stage at a Six Flags Magic Mountain finale event on September 28, where McCurdy will make a special appearance and help determine who will be crowned the next Kidz star. The winner will be announced this October.

Gaby Borges Named New Kidz Bop Spokesperson

kidzbopUnivision Communications Inc. and Kidz Bop have teamed up to support the July 16 release of Kidz Bop 24. Tween sensation and Univision correspondent, Gaby Borges, is the new spokesperson for Kidz Bop’s first Spanish-language campaign. The 14-year-old singer, actor, and dancer is also participating in Kidz Bop’s annual Kidz Star USA Talent Search as a special ambassador to encourage aspiring young Hispanic performers to audition for their chance to win an RCA Records recording contract.

The release of Kidz Bop 24 is also timed to coincide with Kidz Bop’s annual Kidz Star USA Talent Search, the premier talent competition for kids 15 and under. This summer, Kidz Bop has partnered with Six Flags for the Official Kidz Star USA Live Audition Tour, hitting 10 theme parks across the country.

Kidz Bop Kids Set to Preform in Canada

Kidz Bop Standing Group_resizedStudio Licensing and Kidz Bop are set to build a profile for the brand, which will include rolling out a fully integrated program consisting of live appearances, licensing, merchandising, marketing, and promotions.

The Kidz Bop Kids will perform in Canada for the first time on July 4 at Canada’s Wonderland. They will also make a special appearance at the Vaughan Mils and Sherway Gardens Toys “R” Us locations on July 3 to support their upcoming album. Immediately following their two performances at Canada’s Wonderland, the Kidz Bop Kids will be available for autograph signings and meet and greets with fans. Additionally, the Kidz Bop Kids will appear on Breakfast Television, Toronto’s No. 1 morning show on July 2.

Kidz Bop, RCA Records, and Six Flags Launch Kidz Star USA Talent Search

Untitled1Kidz Bop, has partnered with RCA Records and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, to launch the 2013 Kidz Star USA Talent Search. The national talent competition for kids and teens ages 15 and under is hosted on Kidz Bop’s website, kidzbop.com. Young singers can enter online and in person for their chance to win an RCA Records recording contract. Now through August 30, kids can upload a 90-second performance video to kidzbop.com. Kids can also audition live at select Six Flags Theme Parks. The official Kidz Star Live Audition Tour kicks off at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. on June 22. The Tour then travels to nine other Six Flags Theme Parks throughout the summer, wrapping up on August 18 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Auditions and activities are free with paid park admission. This year, Kidz Bop has also partnered with teen media outlet, M Magazine, to showcase a weekly Kidz Star feature highlighting audition videos of the week.

Kidz Star fans can view contestants’ audition videos and progress on kidzbop.com, where they will be able to interact with their favorites, vote, and rally support to help determine who will make it to the final rounds. Four finalists will be flown to Hollywood to compete on stage at a Six Flags Magic Mountain finale event on September 28 to help determine who will be crowned the next Kidz Star. The 2013 Kidz Star USA winner will be announced in October.

Last year, nearly 50,000 kids entered the competition. The 2012 Kidz Star USA grand prize winner and RCA Records recording artist, Dallas Wayde, is currently in the studio recording new music. Kiana Brown, the 2011 winner and RCA Records recording artist, is currently touring with the Kidz Bop Kids. Her latest single, “Hey Chica,” will appear on the upcoming Smurf’s 2 soundtrack.

The Little Gym, Razor & Tie Introduce CD Collection of Children’s Tunes

FC_002_0.qxtThe Little Gym International, an enrichment and physical development center for kids, and Razor & Tie, the creators of Kidz Bop, have signed a multi-year licensing agreement that will bring the music of The Little Gym to major retailers throughout North America.

For more than 35 years, the original music produced by The Little Gym has been an integral part of its skill-building curriculum, from parent-child classes, gymnastics, and dance to karate and sports skills classes to high-energy camps and birthday parties. Music at The Little Gym helps children build skills through active songs that expand vocabulary, musical games that teach cooperation, and lyrics that provide directions and cues to help sharpen listening skills and increase attention span.

Selections from The Little Gym’s proprietary music collection will be featured in a new CD series being produced and distributed by Razor & Tie. The collection will include classic The Little Gym songs designed to get kids moving, learning, and having fun. The first two releases, 25 Move-Along Fun Songs and 25 Sing-Along Fun Songs, will go on sale August 6 at more than 500 Wal-Mart stores, and on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Each song in The Little Gym collection was composed and recorded by Robin Wes, who opened the first The Little Gym in Bellevue, Wash., in 1976, and Randy McCoy, The Little Gym’s Director of Curriculum. Together, Wes and McCoy bring more than 70 years of experience in childhood development and music education. The duo has built a library of more than 700 songs that support The Little Gym’s Three-Dimensional Learning philosophy of “Get Moving!,” “Brain Boost!,” and “Citizen Kid!”

The Little Gym International is also preparing to launch a line of children’s development and activity toys in the coming year, created in partnership with Aqua-Leisure Industries.

 

COMMENTARY: Help! Kids Should Know the Beatles Too

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The Fab Four: George, Ringo, Paul, and John

I was commuting to work yesterday, minding my own business, when I heard a teenager telling her friend that her strawberry-themed bracelet symbolized her favorite song “Strawberry Fields” by Twintapes. Now as a rule of thumb, I normally tune out every single thing that I hear on the subway, but this particular statement stopped me in my tracks. To say that I am an avid Beatles fan is like saying that the band was “a little popular.” I have obsessed over their music for as long as I can remember, and I will stop there because I could go on and on for days on the topic. The band changed my life and made me fall in love with rock ‘n roll at a very young age, and it breaks my heart to know that teenagers and kids are being robbed of the tunes that made me love music.

The Beatles Yellow Submarine, released in 1999

The Beatles Yellow Submarine, released in 1999

This Beatles-oblivious teenager could not possibly go on thinking that one of the greatest songs of all time was written and recorded by the Twintapes, and this problem should be addressed in the future—for all our sakes. Presently, I have seven girlfriends expecting babies and a brand-new nephew—I know, there is something in that Alabama water—so I feel that it’s my duty to make sure that they are brought up listening to “Come Together,” “Revolution,” “Hey Jude,” and “She Loves You.” I want them to recognize the phrase, “We all live in a yellow submarine,” and I want them to know who wrote “Strawberry Fields Forever.” I took it upon myself to find kid-appropriate methods of Beatles introduction. [Read more...]