Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Kidz need to stop Bopping..

It's been more than 8 years since the first "Kidz Bop" CD was released, and now, 14 additional albums later (plus spin-offs like "Kidz Bop 80s Gold"), the kidz are still bopping. Why?

In 2001, most of the songs featured on the CD were by older bands/artists, like "Living La Vida Loca" (Ricky Martin), "That Don't Impress Me Much" (Shania Twain), "Oops I Did it Again..." (Britney Spears), so it was slightly understandable that these songs would be covered by children so they would seem more appropriate for them to being singing with them. Also, back then there was still some separation between being a child and a teenager, which has all but faded away now with the invention of the previously non-existent age of "tween."

Nowadays though, kidz listen to basically whatever the crap they want to. Case and point: this YouTube video of a little girl singing "So What" by Pink.Though I'm not sure exactly how old she is, she does end the video by saying "I LOVE PUPPIES!" so, I mean, you can just kinda guesstimate..

With that being said, is it really necessary to still have terrible jingle singers and 5-year-old kids covering main stream artists' songs?

Not to mention the fact that many of the artists covered on the latest Kidz Bop album, "15," are basically "kidz" too: Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, David Archuleta, Selena Gomez. It just seems like with the average age for an artist in the music industry quickly heading toward 5, Kidz Bop is becoming obsolete.

Nevertheless, I'm sure that whoever is making these CDs will continue to milk them until music itself ceases to exist.

PS: Never, in any situation, no matter who is singing it, do I think that "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls should be included on a Kidz Bop album, as it is on the latest. And for that matter, "American Boy" by Estelle and Kanye West probably shouldn't be on there either. Along with these others:

  • So What (Pink)
  • Hot N Cold (Katy Perry)
  • Damaged (Danity Kane- Kidz Bop 14)
  • Superstar (Lupe Fiasco- Kidz Bop 14)
  • Party Like a Rockstar (Shop Boyz- Kidz Bop 13- featured below)
Things I look forward to: watching this generation of children grow up.
Things I don't look forward to: bailing them out of jail.

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