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Kidz Bop Kids
Logo of KidzBop.png
Background information
Genres Pop
Years active 2001–present
Labels Razor & Tie
Website kidzbop.com

Kidz Bop is a brand of compilation albums featuring kids performing contemporary popular songs. The series was developed by Razor & Tie co-founders Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam[1] in 2001.[2] 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 family-friendly.

The franchise has sold more than 16 million albums.[3][4] Since its debut in 2001, KIDZ BOP has expanded significantly to include merchandise, music videos, a live touring division, talent search competitions and the KIDZ BOP Kids who are the face of the brand. The KIDZ BOP Kids are chosen by audition. There are 32 main albums as of July 15th, 2016.

Albums[edit]

Album Release Date Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[5]
US
Kids

[5]
Kidz Bop October 9, 2001

September 2000 (2CD Edition)

76 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 2 August 20, 2002

2001 (2CD Edition)

37 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 3 March 4, 2003

December 13, 2002 (2CD Edition)

17 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 4 August 12, 2003

July 2003 (2CD Edition)

14 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 5 February 24, 2004

December 29, 2003 (2CD Edition)

34 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 6 August 10, 2004 23 1
Kidz Bop 7 February 22, 2005 7 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 8 August 2, 2005 6 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 9 February 21, 2006 2 2

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 10 August 1, 2006 3 1

US: Gold[6]

Kidz Bop 11 February 20, 2007 4 1
Kidz Bop 12 July 31, 2007 7 2
Kidz Bop 13 February 19, 2008 4 1
Kidz Bop 14 July 29, 2008 8 1
Kidz Bop 15 February 3, 2009 7 1
Kidz Bop 16 August 4, 2009 8 1
Kidz Bop 17 February 26, 2010 12 1
Kidz Bop 18 July 20, 2010 5 1
Kidz Bop 19 January 18, 2011 2 1
Kidz Bop 20 July 19, 2011 2 1
Kidz Bop 21 January 17, 2012 2 1
Kidz Bop 22 July 17, 2012 3 1
Kidz Bop 23 January 15, 2013 2 1
Kidz Bop 24 July 16, 2013 3 1
Kidz Bop 25 January 14, 2014 3 1
Kidz Bop 26 July 15, 2014 4 1
Kidz Bop 27 January 13, 2015 3 1
Kidz Bop 28 March 23, 2015 10 1
Kidz Bop 29 July 10, 2015 3 1
Kidz Bop 30 October 16, 2015 12 1
Kidz Bop 31 January 15, 2016 6 1
Kidz Bop 32 July 15, 2016[7]
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9
[8]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • More Kidz Bop (2000)
  • Kidz Bop Megahits (2001)
  • Kidz Bop: All New 5 Cool Songs - EP (2002)
  • Kidz Bop Christmas (2002)
  • Kidz Bop Classics (2003)
  • Kidz Bop Karaoke (2004)
  • Kidz Bop Gold (2004)
  • Kidz Bop Halloween (2004)
  • Los Kidz Bop (2005)
  • Kidz Bop Kids: A Very Merry Kidz Bop (2005)
  • Kidz Bop Karaoke: Words on screen (2005)*
  • Kidz Bop Hanukkah (2005)*
  • More Kidz Bop Gold (2006)
  • Kidz Bop Sports Jamz (2007)*
  • A Kidz Bop Valentine (2007)*
  • Kidz Bop Country (2007)
  • The Coolest Kidz Bop Christmas Ever (2007)
  • Kidz Bop 80s Gold (2008)
  • Kidz Bop Halloween (Deluxe Edition) (2008)
  • Kidz Bop American Starz (2009)*
  • Kidz Bop Greatest Hits (2009)
  • Kidz Bop Car Songs (2009)*
  • Kidz Bop Christmas - 2009 CD (2009)
  • Kidz Bop Dance Party! (2010)
  • Kidz Bop Halloween Party (2010)
  • Kidz Bop Christmas Party (2010)
  • Kidz Bop Presents 101 Crazy Jokes For Kids (2011)
  • Kidz Bop Monster Ballads (2011)
  • Kidz Bop Christmas (2011)
  • Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits (2012)
  • Kidz Bop: Halloween Hits! (2012)
  • Kidz Bop Christmas - 2012 CD (2012)
  • Kidz Bop Party Hits! (2013)
  • Kidz Bop Party Pop! (2014)
  • Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List (2014)
  • Kidz Bop: Five Live (2015)* – Google Play exclusive
  • "Kidz Bop Greatest Hits" (2016)

* indicates availability is limited to download stores

Chart performance[edit]

The Kidz Bop Kids were Billboard's No. 1 Kids' Album Artist of 2010,[9] 2011,[10] 2012,[11] 2013,[12] 2014 and 2015.[13] Kidz Bop 26, released in July 2014, marked the franchise's 40th charting album on the Billboard 200.[14] Since the brand's debut in 2001, more than 16 million Kidz Bop albums have been sold.[3][4]

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.[15]

KIDZ BOP 27 was the best-selling children's album of 2015[16] and KIDZ BOP 25 was the best-selling children's album of 2014.[17]

Tours[edit]

  • Kidz Bop Play Tour (2001)
  • Kidz Bop World Tour (2008)
  • Ethan Bortnick Tour (2012)
  • Kidz Bop Tour (2013)
  • Kidz Bop 'Dream Big, Sing Loud' Tour (2014)
  • Kidz Bop 'Make Some Noise' Tour (2015)
  • Kidz Bop 'Life Of The Party' Tour (2016)

Current Kidz Bop members[edit]

The following child performers have been current members of Kidz Bop since 2013, and were chosen after a national search:[18][19]

Notable Kidz Bop alumni[edit]

Related projects[edit]

"Life Of The Party" Tour[edit]

In February 2016, KIDZ BOP announced it was celebrating its 15th 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 will kick off the summer shows on July 16 at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Connecticut. Additional cities include Brooklyn, Charlotte, and Chicago.[29]

"Make Some Noise" Tour[edit]

The national live tour hit over 50 cities in 2015, including New York, Boston, Dallas, Washington, Nashville, Baltimore, Seattle and Los Angeles. The KIDZ BOP Kids – Ashlynn Chong, Bredia Santoro, Matt Martinez, and Grant Knoche – headlined the Make Some Noise Tour, performing kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits. The high-energy and interactive show included favorites from the best-selling KIDZ BOP series that kids and parents can sing and dance along to. The KIDZ BOP tour was represented by CAA.[30]

KIDZ BOP also teamed up with SiriusXM to promote the new tour through KIDZ BOP Radio, the franchise’s dedicated 24/7 satellite radio channel. Ticket giveaways were offered to SiriusXM subscribers in the U.S. tour markets. KIDZ BOP Radio also hosted a national sweepstakes, offering a grand prize trip for two to see The KIDZ BOP Kids perform live and an exclusive KIDZ BOP experience.[31]

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 Girl's debut music video at each show.[32]

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.[33]

"Dream Big, Sing Loud" Tour[edit]

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.[34] The final stop of their 2014 tour was at Radio City Music Hall, where The KIDZ BOP Kids performed live during KIDZ BOP Day to open for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.[35]

Kidz Bop World Tour[edit]

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.

Kidz Star USA Talent Search[edit]

In 2010, Kidz Bop launched KIDZ Star USA, a national talent search for kids 15 and under. In 2010, Hunter Pecunia, from Dallas, Texas won the first KIDZ Star USA Competition.

In 2011, Kiana Brown from Phoenix, Arizona, became the second KIDZ Star and won a recording contract from RCA Records.[36][37] 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.[38]

Isabel Lacatus was the 2013 winner with Jennette McCurdy as her celebrity mentor.[39]

Website[edit]

In 2006, Kidz Bop relaunched the brands' website, KidzBop.com, as a video sharing and social networking site for kids and tweens. As of December 2010, the website surpassed 900,000 registered users. The website is free and earns money from advertisements. In 2014 the website no longer was a social network.

SiriusXM Radio[edit]

In January 2012, Kidz Bop launched its first radio show on SiriusXM Radio.[40] 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).[41]

Video games[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  41. ^ "KIDZ BOP Launches KIDZ BOP Radio on Sirius XM". 

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