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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.

Kidz Bop 23 Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard Top 200 Chart

Kidz Bop 23, the latest volume in the Kidz Bop audio series, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at No. 2. Kidz Bop 23 is the sixth consecutive Kidz Bop title to debut in the Top 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and the 16th title to hit the Billboard Top 10 since the series launched in 2001. The album is also No. 1 on the Billboard Children’s Chart, where there are currently three other Kidz Bop albums in the Top 10. Additionally, Kidz Bop had its best digital first week with the release of Kidz Bop 23. Digital album sales are up more than 150 percent from Kidz Bop 22 and 86 percent from Kidz Bop 21. [Read more...]

Shoot to the Top this Summer with Kidz Star USA

Kidz Bop, RCA Records, Electus and Vevo are launching Kidz Star USA 2012, a talent search for kids, this summer. Recording artist Gavin DeGraw will act as a celebrity mentor. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to sign a recording contract with RCA records. Electus is producing a reality web series for the online talent search, while VEVO will act as worldwide distribution partner.

Beginning this month, aspiring young singers from across the country will be able upload a 90-second performance video to Kidzbob.com to compete for a chance to win.

Kidz Star fans will be able to follow the contestants’ audition videos and progress on  Kidzbop.com, where they’ll be able to interact with their favorites and rally to help determine the semi-finalists and winner. Ten Kidz Star semi-finalists will be announced in September and flown to Los Angeles to compete in a series of musical challenges filmed in  front of a live studio audience. Webisodes will be available  on VEVO in October.

This post was originally written by Lindsay Gordon and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.