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Kidz Bop is an album series of pop song covers performed by kids that was established in 2001. Currently on the 41st album of their main series, Kidz Bop has also released several special collection albums. Kidz Bop initially released albums every six months; it changed to a quarterly release schedule in 2015, shifted to a tri-annual release schedule, returned to its traditional semiannual release by 2018, and moved to once-a-year releases in 2019.

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  • Adaptational Context Change: In Kidz Bop's version of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida", a song told from the perspective of a fallen king, the line "Revolutionaries wait / For my head on a silver plate" is changed to "Revolutionaries wait / For my food on a silver plate", which implies the revolutionaries care about the king being well fed. Or, perhaps they only wanted to steal the king's food.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Mentions of the original artists in songs are changed to mention Kidz Bop, going as far as to rename the "Cupid Shuffle" to "Kidz Bop Shuffle".
  • Age-Inappropriate Art: Has its own page.
  • 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. 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.
    • That said, earlier albums were more lenient with censorship, only changing lyrics when the song had explicit language.
  • 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".
    • Becky G briefly sung for Kidz Bop in 2010.
  • Child Popstar: They're a group of kids singing kid-friendly versions of today's pop hits.
  • 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 and cunnilingus, 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 sung from the former’s point of view. 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.
    • Wiz Khalifa’s "See You Again" originally was about someone missing a dead friend and "seeing them again" in heaven after the singer himself passes away (as it was about the late Paul Walker). The Kidz Bop version is about missing a friend who’s far away.
    • "Sing" by Ed Sheeran was originally about a guy who met a girl at a bar after getting drunk and consuming copious amounts of tobacco. The Kidz Bop cover is implied to take place at a school social event and does not involve any alcohol.
    • "Ex’s and Oh’s" was originally about Elle King having sex with her many ex-boyfriends. The Kidz Bop cover, meanwhile, was about a girl reuniting with several of her old friends.
    • "Born This Way" went from being an LGBT rights anthem to being about differing opinions.
    • "Montero" went from being a song about gay sex to taking a vacation.
  • Darker and Edgier: Kidz Bop was once known for being mostly rap-free, rarely including covers of rap songs unless they had a poppy chorus or the rap parts were removed (e.g. "Live Your Life"). This is justified, since pop is their main genre and most rap music is too explicit to be considered "kid-friendly". Fast-forward to the mid-2010s, and Kidz Bop is not only starting to include rap verses in their pop covers, but has also started covering rap songs altogether a lot more frequently, even getting away with the more R-rated ones (e.g. "Don't Mind") by rappers with highly child-unfriendly images (e.g. Post Malone, Drake, Cardi B).
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • Early Kidz Bop albums were more or less unedited, with only explicit language censored. This was due to the fact older/adult singers mainly sang the songs, with the kids chiming in during chorus lines or appropriate lyrics. This is notable since songs like "Toxic" and "Crazy in Love" were included without any editing.
    • The first few albums featured adults singing most of the song with kids only singing the chorus. Eventually the adults were phased out.
    • Older albums were more-or-less reluctant to include rap verses on mainly pop songs. Even the cleaner verses on "Baby", "Umbrella", and "Cruise (remix)" were all removed. Newer albums have been more welcoming to rap verses on mainly pop songs as well as the rap genre altogether.
    • The first five albums were available as either deluxe two-disc sets ordered by mail, or single-disc albums available at stores.
  • Get Back in the Closet:
    • Their cover of Halsey's "Bad at Love", where she describes her failed relationships with both male and female lovers, has only the males sing the parts about the females.
    • "Born This Way" went from being an LGBT rights anthem to being about differing opinions, despite the LGBT community being the entire point of the song.
    • "Montero" went from being a song about gay sex to taking a vacation while they turned some songs about straight sex into innocent romance songs.
  • Long Runner: They've released 41 albums 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.
  • The Moral Substitute: Kidz Bop was pushed as a more family-friendly alternative to the mainstream rap and pop. However, due to its ironically age-inappropriate tendencies, it was ridiculed.
  • Never Say "Die": The word is altered on most occasions.
    • 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".
  • Parental Bonus: If the original song contains a Shout-Out, Kidz Bop usually leaves it alone if it's clean enough, even if it's referencing something their target audience likely has never heard of (e.g. Mr. Mister in Train's "Hey, Soul Sister").
  • Puppy Love: Despite children being deemed too young to have legitimate romantic relationships, they still cover songs about romance.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The usage of Z instead of S in the title.
  • Younger and Hipper: It's not uncommon for songs to be rewritten with younger protagonists who mention things such as school.