The Fan Carpet’s Ellie Torrez and Lighting the Darkness’ Andreaa Helen David met the KIDZ BOP Kids Lois, Max, Twinkle and Ashton
“An immediate and massive success” - The Boston Globe
“All New York City parents…secretly preferring the Kidz Bop version of “Shake It Off” - Time out New York
“Kidz Bop is becoming a star factory” - New York Post
“The new kings of pop Kidz Bop took over the music industry” - Bloomberg Business Week
“Every little kid out there just loves these guys” - Today
“(Kidz Bop has the) unique ability to unite both kids and parents with their songs” - Pop Sugar
“Kidz Bop is a major player in the world of children’s music” - Billboard
Best-Selling Music Series Records Family-Friendly Versions of Today’s Biggest Pop Hits, “Sung By Kids For Kids”
First-Ever Group of British KIDZ BOP Kids Cast; Debut Album OUT NOW
The Fan Carpet’s Ellie Torrez was joined by Lighting the Darkness’ Andreaa Helen David and Maria Neacsu at the Press Launch for the KIDZ BOP album where an amazing time was had by all!
The #1 US music brand for kids, KIDZ BOP, is launching in the UK this spring with the release of its debut album, “KIDZ BOP,” available on CD, digital download and streaming services beginning 31 March 2017 through Universal Music On Demand. As part of the launch, KIDZ BOP is also unveiling its first-ever group of British KIDZ BOP Kids, who just like their US counterparts, record kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop hits, “sung by kids for kids.”
Following a nine-month nationwide search, four of the UK’s most talented young performers aged 11-12 have been chosen to be the British KIDZ BOP Kids. Meet Ashton, Lois, Max and Twinkle – pictured above from left to right. The KIDZ BOP Kids will sing on the KIDZ BOP albums, star in TV commercials and music videos and perform live on-stage at upcoming events across Britain.
KIDZ BOP will release two albums this year. The 31 March “KIDZ BOP” debut album features 22 hit songs sung by the KIDZ BOP Kids including, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” (Justin Timberlake), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift) and “Shout Out To My Ex” (Little Mix). A second album is due for release in autumn 2017.
A KIDZ BOP UK YouTube channel has launched to coincide with the album release. It will feature music videos starring the KIDZ BOP Kids, produced in the same style as the US KIDZ BOP YouTube channel, which has more than 400 million views.
To complete the KIDZ BOP UK digital offering, the KIDZ BOP UK website will act as a hub for fans to visit for exclusive content and more information on The KIDZ BOP Kids.
The ethos behind the global KIDZ BOP idea is to connect with kids and families through its best-selling music albums. In the US this has been extraordinarily successful; KIDZ BOP has sold over 17 million albums and generated over 1 billion streams, since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001 in the US. In 2016, KIDZ BOP accounted for 23% of all children’s music sales in the US, and the best-selling series includes 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart, with only three artists in history to have more Top 10 albums ― The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand.
Victor Zaraya, VP of KIDZ BOP, says “We’re excited to bring KIDZ BOP to kids and families around the world. Britain’s preeminent place in pop music makes the UK the obvious first territory for international expansion. Our four young British performers are fantastic and we look forward to seeing them flourish in the group”
Simon Barnabas, Managing Director Universal Music On Demand, says, “We are thrilled to be on-board as distribution partners for KIDZ BOP in the UK, and delighted to be part of this exciting phase of the brand’s expansion internationally. We’re certain British kids and parents will enjoy KIDZ BOP as much as they do in the US, where the brand has become such a huge phenomenon. The addition of the super-talented UK KIDZ BOP kids singing on this album is the icing on the cake.”
Keep up-to-date with KIDS BOP KIDS on Facebook and /Kidzbop.uk
These will end up being global pages so if you’re in the UK, in a couple of weeks it’ll just be this and you’ll be redirected to the UK page.
Full tracklist for first KIDZ BOP album available NOW
1. Can’t Stop The Feeling!
2. 24K Magic
3. Shout Out To My Ex
4. What Do You Mean?
5. One Dance
6. Shake It Off
8. Let Me Love You
9. Dancing On My Own
10. Cheap Thrills
11. 7 Years
12. Drag Me Down
13. This Is What You Came For
14. Cold Water
16. Treat You Better
17. Cake By The Ocean
20. Don’t Let Me Down
MEET THE KIDZ BOP KIDS
Favorite Singer: Alicia Keys
PASS THE MIC(ROSCOPE)
Ashton LOVES school and was even awarded a scholarship! He’s always having fun in class, especially when it’s time for science. In fact, if Ashton couldn’t be a singer/dancer, he says his dream is to be a scientist!
SMILE, IT’S IN STYLE!
This KIDZ BOP Kid is all about style and wants to be a fashion icon for other kids! Ashton’s favourite wardrobe item is hats! He collects hats from his favourite cities, teams and brands... and has one to match every outfit.
If you’re eating dinner with Ashton, get ready to eat his favourite dish – PASTA! You can skip the sushi though; he doesn’t like it because it’s too cold!
GET THE POPCORN
Ashton has two favourite movies, and they’re totally different! He loves the songs and story in “Dreamgirls,” but he doesn’t only stick to movies about music. His other favourite is a little spookier… “Beetlejuice!”
THRILL SEEKER, CHILL SEEKER
When he’s on stage, Ashton is full of energy and amazing moves. But on a day off, Ashton is happy to spend the day relaxing and doing nothing. That doesn’t mean he’s not up for a fun adventure though! His craziest adventure yet? Spending a night in a museum!
Favorite Singers: Ariana Grande & Beyoncé
Lois is an amazing dancer, and she’s got the trophy to prove it. Her dance team won “World Of Dance” last year! Lois’ favourite dance style is hip hop, but she’s working to perfect her contemporary dance skills next.
“JUST IN” TIME
What’s the coolest thing that ever happened to Lois? That would probably be dancing on stage with… Justin Bieber! She got to perform live with JB at the 02 Arena in London during his concert in 2016. She can’t wait to hit the stage next as a KIDZ BOP Kid.
PUPPY LOVE <3
Lois is all about animals and says the best gift she ever received was a puppy! This dog-lover has two furry friends at home, and they’re named Elsa and Coco. Her favourite animal, however, is a panda! Too cute!
THE LOW-DOWN ON LOIS
Want to spend a day with Lois? When she’s not performing as a KIDZ BOP Kid, Lois loves hanging with friends, eating her favourite foods (lasange and rocky road pudding – YUM!) and recording Musical.ly’s.
KEEP DREAMING! (Seriously)
Becoming a KIDZ BOP Kid has been a dream come true for Lois, but she still has a few goals left to accomplish. What’s next on her bucket list? Taking a trip to Hawaii and making it to the book of Guinness World Records!
Favorite Singers: Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeren, Sam Smith
Max’s favourite emoji is the “laughing out loud” face, and that’s because he’s the class clown. This kid loves to crack jokes and have fun, especially when he’s with his brother, Joe. The two of them are total jokesters!
MAX-IMUM FAMILY TIME
Family time is key for Max! He loves spending time with his whole family and looks forward to their weekly Sunday roast. His family is always up for game night, especially if it involves Trivial Pursuit.
What’s in Max’s ideal burrito? That would be salsa, cheese, chicken, peppers, lettuce, cucumbers and… more salsa! You can leave out mushrooms though. He just doesn’t like the texture!
BUST A MOVE
Max’s Mum and Dad always tell him to be himself, and to be confident. That advice paid off when Max was attending a New Year’s Eve Gala one year. He broke out into a spontaneous dance in front of hundreds of strangers in attendance!
IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE!
Cats and dogs are cute, but you won’t find them in Max’s house! He likes pets that are a little less traditional: he has a bearded dragon lizard called Rango and a tortoise called Mr. Mulberry. His favourite animal, however, is a blowfish!
Favorite Singers: Ariana Grande, Zara Larsson, Adele, Louisa Johnson, Ed Sheeran, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony
TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR
With a name like “Twinkle,” she’s always getting cool nicknames from friends and family. Some people refer to her as “Sparkle” or “Crystal.” That’s OK with Twinkle though, because she loves shiny things… especially handmade jewelry!
PLAY LIKE A GIRL!
Twinkle is a huge athlete and enjoys all types of sports! She’s always ready for a game of badminton or tennis and loves to practice swimming and gymnastics. Maybe she’ll follow in the footsteps of her favourite athlete, Simone Biles.
ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET
This girl was a star before she became a KIDZ BOP Kid! Twinkle won first place for her solo freestyle at an International Dance Competition. Oh, did we mention that she also performed in “Matilda The Musical” in London’s West End? Too cool!
Twinkle’s family is from Nagpur, India, and she loves to travel back there. In fact, her favourite place in the world is her grandmother’s house in India. She can still keep up with her singing when she’s in India – because Twinkle can sing in Hindi!
ALL ABOARD THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS!
If Twinkle could have any superpower, it would be the gift of magic! That might be because she’s the ultimate Harry Potter fan. She’s read all the books and has seen every movie in the series!
The debut album KIDZ BOP is out now through Universal Music on Demand
ABOUT KIDZ BOP
KIDZ BOP connects with kids and families through its best-selling albums, music videos, consumer products and live tours. In the US, KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids, featuring today’s biggest hits “sung by kids for kids.” KIDZ BOP has sold over 17 million albums and generated over 1 billion streams, since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001. In 2016, KIDZ BOP accounted for 23% of all children’s music sale in the US. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums.
It was revealed that Victoria Beckham is a fan of KIDZ BOP and that at the photoshoot for her cover interview for the current issue of US ‘Style’ magazine, KIDZ BOP was the CD of choice onset. KIDZ BOP came on and the shoot quickly descended into a KIDZ BOP sing-a-along session and ended with a pillow fight with Victoria and the mini-models who she was being photographed with. Likewise Nicole Kidman is a known fan of KIDZ BOP.
KIDZ BOP COMING TO UK CLASSROOMS SOON
7,500 schools and 10,000 teachers in UK are already signed up to use Go Noodle which is a platform that brings cool content into classrooms to help get kids moving before and after lessons. KIDZ BOP currently reaches 5.5 million school children in the US via Go Noodle and soon UK school children will benefit from this too. For Go Noodle KIDZ BOP will make special content that is high energy and fun and will encourage kids in classrooms to sing dance and get active.
KIDZ BOP in US schools at a glance: 55,000 unique schools use KIDZ BOP on Go Noodle in the US. That is 250,000 teachers have shared KIDZ BOP with their classroom via GoNoodle. 5.5 million kids have seen KIDZ BOP videos on GoNoodle. In January 2017 alone, KIDZ BOP was streamed 1.5 million times on GoNoodle