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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 40th 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, shifted to a triannual release schedule, returned to its traditional semiannual release by 2018, and moved to once-a-year releases in 2019.


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  • Age-Inappropriate Art: Has its own page.
  • 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.
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    • 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", 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 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 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
  • 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.
    • 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 understandable, since pop is their main genre and most rap music nowadays 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.
    • 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.
  • 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" misheard as "I'm tired of fuckin' round rooms". This resulted in controversy and complaints surrounding 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 bizarre 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).
    • "This Love" has its sexual and drug-based lyrics kept fully intact, complete with the adult singer placing an inappropriate clear emphasis on the line "keep her coming every night."
    • Their cover of "RITMO" has the word "puta" intact. Considering the word is well-known as a Spanish vulgarity even to non-Spanish speakers, how this managed to slip by the very tight Kidz Bop radar is unknown.
  • Long Runner: They've released 40 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 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".
    • 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", Destiny's Child's "Survivor", and Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life".
  • 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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