February 2018

Kidz Bop History: From Nickelodeon to Children’s Music Behemoth

Kidz Bop was founded in 1990 by Razor & Tie, the label responsible for those compilation albums like “Monsters of Rock” and “Monster Ballads.” The compilation albums of popular songs, sung by children, and with all the kid-inappropriate lyrics removed was created out of a gap in the market in terms of children’s music. COO of Razor & Tie, Victor Zaraya, said, “There was only Barney and Britney Spears – nothing in between.” Thus, the first Kidz Bop album was created. A track list was compiled, new arrangements of the songs were written, and kids were brought in to record vocals. A sensation was born.

Kidz Bop has had over 18 top ten albums on the Billboard 200, and in 2013 the franchise consisted of 18.8% of all children’s music sales. Zaraya credits their success to good marketing. Expanding from TV commercials to partnerships with Spotify and corporate giants like Disney, McDonald’s, and Macy’s. Additionally, unlike a lot of the music industry nowadays, physical CDs account for 78% of their sales. The tangibility of the physical CD, often packaged with stickers and magnets, are what drives the physical sales. According to Zaraya, “parents want to be able to put something in their kid’s hands.”

The biggest change in the franchise since its creation is the live tour. Kids can now go see the Kidz Bop Kidz perform their favorite songs live. This summer on 8/8, Kidz Bop will be performing at the Cape Cod Melody Tent!  Get your tickets now!

Lyle Lovett – A Man of Many Talents

Lyle Lovett is a country musician from Texas. Seems simple enough, and yet Lovett is so much more interesting than that. Born in Texas is 1957, has topped the country charts and won several Grammy’s. He has also experimented in jazz, folk and pop, and his second album Pontiac went gold.

Now that is fairly interesting itself, but what you may not know is that Lovett holds degrees in both German and journalism. Also, Lovett has been in films and TV such as The Player, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the TV show Castle.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, because the multi-talented Lyle Lovett will be at the Cape Cod Melody Tent on 8/5! Join the Gold Circle Club to get access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public

Kidz Bop Original Commercial

Kidz Bop are compilations of popular songs, made family friendly, sung by kids. If you were a kid in the early 2000s, you remember all the commercials on TV for the Kidz Bop Albums, like this one. If that makes you feel old, Kidz Bop 37 is for sale on their website.

Now Kidz Bop has expanded and performs live shows! It’s great fun for kids of all ages, and even the parents have been known to “bop” along to the music and have an awesome time as well! Don’t miss this fun night with your family, sign up for the Gold Circle Club today for access to tickets before they go on sale to the public!

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