Music / Kidz Bop

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"For extra credit, compare and contrast this with the bizarre modern phenomenon where the Kidz Bop munchkins put smiley faces on wrist-slitting fare like 'Bring Me To Life.'"

Kidz Bop is a CD series of pop song covers performed by kids. Currently on the 33rd CD of their main series, Kidz Bop has also released several special collection CDs. Kidz Bop releases albums every six months; it changed to a quarterly release schedule in 2015 but returned to its traditional biannual release a year later.

Tropez Bop:

  • Age-Inappropriate Art: A list of songs that have been featured within that make you go "What the hell were they thinking, putting that in there?!":
    • Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life", a song about suffering from depression.
    • Trapt's "Headstrong", which is about stubborn determination.
    • Britney Spears' "Toxic". At best, it's a song about substance abuse. At worst, it's a song that uses substance abuse as a metaphor for sex. Not a single lyric was changed(!!!).
    • Simple Plan's "Welcome to My Life", a song about the most angst-ridden teen alive.
    • Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends". The former is about feeling disillusioned with life; the latter is about Billie Joe Armstrong's deceased father. Oops…
    • Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" is generally thought of as being about a sniper about to shoot his target. While "Take Me Out" could mean "take me out on a date" in theory, the rest of the lyrics ("I'm just a crosshair / I'm just a shot then we can die") are clearly about an assassination.
    • Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy actually caught on this, preventing "Dance, Dance" from being covered on Kidz Bop 10 due to its sexual undertones.
    • Hinder's "Lips Of An Angel", which is about having an affair, and it's sung from the viewpoint of the cheater and as a love ballad.
    • P!nk's "Who Knew", "So What" and "Perfect", which feature strong language and deal with subjects such as alcoholism and death.
    • Kesha's "Tik Tok". Another song about hardcore partying with heavy references to drinking and sex.
    • La Roux's "Bulletproof", which even in the title mentions bullets.
    • Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love", which is about hardcore partying, excessive alcoholism and Intercourse with You.
    • Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me", "Wild Ones", "I Cry", "GDFR" and "My House", which are about sex, alcohol, hardcore partying and (in the case of "I Cry") death.
    • Neon Trees' "Animal" doesn't TECHNICALLY have bad language in it, but it's still a peppy song about drugs, unrequited love, and (metaphorical?) cannibalism. Plus, the song builds to the screamed-out line "And I won't be denied by you, the animal inside of you" and has the constant refrain of "No, I won't sleep tonight", which can easily be interpreted sexually.
    • My Chemical Romance's "Sing" was a Target-exclusive song on 20. Kids love being the voice to show all the injustice in the world, right?
    • LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem". A song about drinking, sex and hardcore partying isn't really Kidz fare.
    • Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger", which uses dancing as an euphemism for sex.
    • "How To Love" by Lil Wayne is a Target-exclusive track on 21. Unless you count "Let It Rock", it's the first and probably last time they'll touch a Lil Wayne song.
    • Nicki Minaj's "Starships". A song about wasting your rent money in exchange for materialistic desires like alcohol and sex.
    • Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" on 23 and Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" on 24, which are obviously about sex.
    • Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" made 25. Yeah, dirges about suicide are for kids indeed.
    • Ed Sheeran's "Sing" made 26. It may be due to Sheeran's status as a Teen Idol towards girls, but doesn't it scream "kid-friendly" like a song about consuming copious amounts of alcohol and tobacco?
    • Bastille's "Pompeii": Hey kids, here's a song about a historical disaster that killed more than 10,000 people!
    • Iggy Azalea's "Fancy". The alcoholism in the song makes "Sing" look tame in comparison.
    • Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" on 27, which is obviously a song about asses.
    • MAGIC!'s "Rude", which is about marriage.
    • Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" is on 28. Hey kids, here's a song about sadness and infidelity, your two favorite things!
    • Also on 28 is Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder", which is about exactly what one would think it's about.
    • From 29, Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do". Because a song that cannot reasonably be interpreted nonsexually is obviously for kids. You would think that its association with Fifty Shades of Grey would prevent its inclusion, but it didn't (at least "Earned It" got spared).
    • Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me": Yet another in a long list of obvious Intercourse with You songs covered by Kidz Bop.
    • Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds": A song about relationship indignation that deals with subjects such as drinking and imprisonment.
    • Andy Grammer's "Honey, I'm Good.": Because a song about trying not to cheat on your significant other when you're drunk is just what kids needed.
    • David Guetta's "Hey Mama" and Fifth Harmony's "Worth It" are on 30, adding to Kidz Bop's long list of sexually charged covers (and The Weeknd really dodged a bullet this time around, with "Can't Feel My Face" becoming the first #1 to not be covered since "The Monster").
    • Drake's "Hotline Bling" is on 31. It's a song about a booty call. You do the math.
    • Elle King's "Ex's And Oh's" from 31, a song about a woman's exes coming back to her for orgasmic sex.
    • DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean" is on 32 despite its strong sexual content. Just because Joe Jonas sings it doesn't mean it's for kids.
    • "No" by Meghan Trainor is also featured. Because a song about strangers hitting on you is obviously kid-friendly.
    • Kent Jones' "Don't Mind" is on 33. Because there's nothing children love more than screwing foreign chicks.
    • Also on 33 is G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I" despite its strong language and materialistic content.
    • The Chainsmokers' "Closer" will be on 34. Because what's more kid-friendly than Auto Erotica?!
    • Also featured on 34 is Hailee Steinfeld's "Starving" despite its suggestive meaning.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Maybe not to the extremes of some mainstream little-girl groups like Play, but to some extent the outfits the preteen girls wear in the dance-along videos border on too revealing.
  • Bowdlerize: Kidz Bop does this to songs that originally have profanity or anything relating to substance abuse, alcohol, violence or sex in their lyrics in order to make them more kid-friendly. This makes their song choices interesting, to say the least. Even lyrics of more innocent forms of love are edited in more than a few situations.
    • The rules are inconsistent. In "Jealous" from 28, "protective or possessive" was changed to "possessive or obsessive", but "call me obsessed" was changed to "call me a mess". On 24, "Can't Hold Us" changes "fight 'till it's over" to "dance 'till it's over", even though the reference is metaphorical, but on 25, "Brave"'s reference to a weapon which was not metaphorical was kept in, along with "Bad Blood" and "Fight Song"'s titles and some of the references, like "Did you have to hurt me?" and "The wrecking balls inside my brain", both from 30. All of the Getting Crap Past the Radar examples count as well.
  • Celebrity Star:
    • Sean Kingston appeared on 14 to sing "Take You There" with the Kidz Bop Kids.
    • Zendaya appeared in the music video for their cover of "Hot N' Cold", though she didn't sing in said cover.
    • Becky G briefly sung for Kidz Bop in 2010.
  • Child Popstar: The best-known example in 21st century America.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Many of the bowdlerized versions of the songs have their meaning changed pretty drastically. Especially any songs that are centered around drug use or drinking.
    • DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean", in the original version, uses cake as a metaphor for sex on the beach, whereas the Kidz Bop version is about eating literal cake.
    • The original "Love Me Like You Do" is a song about Ana and Christian's erotic relationship from Fifty Shades of Grey. Kidz Bop's version is an innocent teenage love song.
    • "Hotline Bling" went from being about a booty call to a long distance relationship.
    • "Starving" went from a mature relationship song about about a new, amazing feeling after having sex with a boy to being about puppy love/looking at a boy.
  • Darker and Edgier: Once upon a time, Kidz Bop would not lay their hands on any PG-13 rated song. Nowadays, having a huge pop hit and being passed over by Kidz Bop is seen as the music industry's equivalent of dodging a bullet. Proof of Kidz Bop's increasingly liberal approach to song selection can be seen in its track record of covering Hot 100 number-one singles. For example, out of 18 #1 singles in 2000, only seven ("Smooth", "What A Girl Wants", "Amazed", "Try Again", "Be with You", "Everything You Want", and "Come On Over Baby") appeared on a Kidz Bop album. Flash-forward to 2015, and "Cheerleader" is the thirteenth consecutive Hot 100 #1 single to have made it onto a Kidz Bop album.note  This is inverted with "Locked Away", which is inexplicably absent from the series despite being a perfectly clean and massive hit.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Despite being aimed towards children, some inappropriate lyrics remain unaltered here and there. While it's possibly on accident or due to Kidz Bop's misinterpretation of the lyrics, what slips by is quite surprising to say the least.
    • In 2009, when McDonald's put Kidz Bop CDs in their Happy Meals, one of the CDs featured a cover of Gavin Degraw's "I Don't Want to Be", with the line "I'm tired of lookin' round rooms" possibly missung or misheard as "I'm tired of fuckin' round rooms". This resulted in controversy and complaints surronding McDonald's.
    • The Kidz Bop edit of Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" is still very suggestive - the chorus includes the promise of "leaving it all on the floor tonight" among other references.
    • Their cover of Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" leaves intact with the line "Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon, cause that cartoon has got the boom anime babes that make me think the wrong thing."
    • Their cover of Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's" doesn't change the line "Like ghosts they want me to make them O", which is a reference to an orgasm.
    • They literally get "crap" past the radar in their cover of Train's "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" by leaving the "crappy purple Scion" line intact.
    • In their cover of Flo Rida's "Wild Ones", every alcoholic beverage reference is removed, but a bizzare aversion is the word "vodka" in the line "Gotta move over like too much vodka".note .
    • In their cover of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!", the term "white gold", which is a street term for cocaine, remains intact.
    • "Me, Myself & I" has the line "We don't take L's, we just make M's" kept in, despite the L being a term for a line (of cocaine).
  • Long Runner: They've released 33 CDs since first starting in 2001.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: As the entry for Age-Inappropriate Art points out, there are plenty of songs with dark themes that were already Lyrical Dissonance...and their version winds up even cheerier-sounding.
  • Never Say "Die": The word is usually altered on most ocassions.
    • Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" had the line "So happy you could die" changed to "So happy you could cry."
    • Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It" had the line "I'll die happily" changed to "I'll live happily".
    • There are occasionally bizarre aversions, such as Buckcherry's "Sorry", Gnarls Barkely's "Crazy", Zara Larsson & MNEK's "Never Forget You", Frank Ferdinand's "Take Me Out", and Destiny Child's "Survivor".
  • Oh My Gods!: Inverted; references to the Lord's name in vain are usually modified, although bizarrely left intact on some occasions, like in their cover of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise (remix)".
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The usage of Z instead of S in the title.

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