Kidz Bop Announces Grand Prize Winner of Annual Kidz Star USA Talent Search

Kidz Bop has announced that 15-year-old Dallas Wayde is the grand prize winner of its annual Kidz Star USA Talent Search, America’s biggest national talent competition for kids ages 15 and under. As part of the grand prize, the Dallas native won a recording contract from RCA Records. The KIDZ Star USA Grand Finale event showcasing Dallas’s big win premieres across VEVO. Recording artist Gavin DeGraw mentored this year’s contests, and Nickelodeon star Ashley Argota hosted the series. To check out all the episodes in the Kidz Star USA series, visit VEVO: KIDZ Star USA. [Read more...]

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.