Music: Children's Music

December 09, 2010

Willow and Justin Bieber Team Up For Tour

Willow Pre-teen Willow and Justin Bieber are preparing to join forces for a teen music invasion.  The "Whip My Hair" singer just announced via her Twitter  that she will be the opening act for the European leg of Bieber’s "My World" tour.  This isn’t the first time Bieber has worked with someone from the Smith clan. Earlier this year Jaden Smith (Willow’s older brother) teamed up with Justin for "Never Say Never," the theme song to the remake of The Karate Kid. At this rate, it seems that  these kids are well on their way to achieving world domination by, I'd say, 18 years old. Not bad.

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December 08, 2010

Dora’s Christmas

Dora's Christmas Kids love their cartoons, especially at this time of the year, when all of their favorite animated shows air their holiday specials. Most of the shows now also release special soundtracks to accompany their Christmas episodes, like the Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites album we previously told you about. Now Nickelodeon's popular animated bilingual explorer, Dora, is celebrating the holiday season in her own special way: Dora's Christmas features plenty of traditional Christmas carols, including the Spanish-language classic "Feliz Navidad," as well as original songs with Dora's mix of English and Spanish and references to all her cartoon friends. It's another fun, upbeat, and slightly different take on Christmas music that's perfect for family-time holiday fun.

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December 01, 2010

Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites

Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites The Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb, which follows the adventures of two stepbrothers, features musical numbers in every episode. So it's no surprise that the Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites album would be packed with so much seasonal fun. This new release includes all the songs from last year's Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!, the show's special holiday-themed episode, as well as eight classic Christmas carols sung by kids' favorite characters from the show. There are even songs by non-cartoon bands such as Bowling for Soup and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. It's a quirky and entertaining addition to any family's holiday collection, but especially for those who are fans of the show.

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November 24, 2010

Cookie Monster to Host SNL?

Cookie Monster's Favorite Songs The Internet community is a very powerful fanbase to tap into—just ask Betty White. After a successful online campaign to get the veteran actress to host Saturday Night Live, another fan favorite is now seeking the same job. One of my personal childhood heroes, Sesame Street's lovable scamp the Cookie Monster, has posted his own audition tape online in hopes of securing the prestigious gig. Saying he wants to “branch out beyond me cookie-eating career,” Cookie's clip is all the proof I need. Give this monster the job! My only quibble: while a Lady GaGa-like musical-guest spots such as "Monster GaGa" would be fun, why not simply let Cookie Monster sing a few of his own hits? Who wouldn't want to hear "'C' is for Cookie" or "Goodbye Little Cookie" live from New York? Maybe he'd even top Kanye's impressive performances. Get excited by the possibilities with Sesame Street: "C" is for Cookie: Cookie's Favorite Songs and check out the audition video here.

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November 23, 2010

Harry for the Holidays: The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Soundtrack and “Harry Potter: Years 1–7” (Napster Playlist)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 To the chagrin of Harry Potter fans worldwide, The Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the latest installment in J. K. Rowling's epic film-adapted series, marks the penultimate step before the cinematic journey's end. And it's been one hell of a ride—literarily, visually, and, of course, musically. John Williams' theme for the franchise, "Hedwig's Theme," has become as synonymous with adventure as some of his other greats, including Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and E.T. Incorporated some way or another throughout all seven films thus far, the theme is an effective aural spark, invoking the collective set of wonderful memories from Potter and friends' ongoing tale. And as the characters and narrative have become darker, so too has the music: Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper (whose Half-Blood Prince soundtrack we've previously discussed), and Alexandre Desplat have subsequently taken Williams' work and expanded upon it beautifully, with madcap zaniness, thoroughly suspenseful passages, sweeping themes, and thoughtfully creepy orchestral arrangements. Check out Desplat's new soundtrack (pictured) and our compilation playlist "Harry Potter, Years 1–7" (below) for a tour of scores past and present.

Harry Potter, Years 1-7 (Napster Playlist)





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November 12, 2010

Lady GaGa to Appear in Muppets Movie

Lady GaGaIt looks as if Lady GaGa has taken her affinity for The Muppets a step further. After taking Kermit The Frog as her date to the 2009 MTV VMAs, reports say that GaGa is set to appear in the upcoming movie Muppets from Space, due sometime in 2011. And if that's not enough pop culture in one movie already (and apparently it isn't), Glee Cast member Jane Lynch will also be making an appearance, reportedly as a prison guard. Other notable names associated with the movie include Chris Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Rashida Jones, and Kristen Schall. It looks like Muppets From Space is shaping up to be a must-see movie of 2011.

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November 09, 2010

Jonas L.A. Canceled!

Jonas LA If you're a tween/teenage girl, you might want to sit down after reading that headline: Yes, sadly, the Jonas Brothers' television show, Jonas L.A., has been canceled after two short-but-successful seasons. Obviously, the boys have been keeping busy with their world tour this year and have also been pursuing separate musical and acting opportunities for awhile now, so there's no need to worry about losing sight of them, thank goodness. But the Disney Channel has now taken a triple blow to its slate of highly popular television franchises: Earlier this year, Miley Cyrus announced the end of her Hannah Montana career, with the Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack as the final release from her childhood alter-ego; then there are the recent personal troubles for Demi Lovato, which leaves her show Sonny with a Chance hanging in the balance; and now the Jonas Brothers' show is no more. Oh well; knowing that Disney has been producing teen stars for a very long time—even before Britney and Justin—we shouldn't worry too much. There's probably a new series just waiting to break through and be the Next Big Thing. Until then, we at least have all our favorite shows' soundtracks.

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November 08, 2010

Bert & Ernie, Stevie Wonder, Elmo, and More: “Best of Sesame Street” (Napster Playlist)

Best of Sesame Street (Napster playlist) This is exactly what you need for a Monday: Classic childhood songs that not only give you a warm, fuzzy vibe, but are sung by warm, fuzzy creatures. Napster's "Best of Sesame Street" playlist collects some of the best and most-loved songs from the legendary television show's creatures and guests. It features favorites from the usual gang, such as Ernie’s "Rubber Duckie," Cookie Monster’s "'C' Is for Cookie," Kermit the Frog's " Being Green" and "Elmo's Song" from the cute little red monster with help from Big Bird and Snuffleupagus. But as the gang from the 'Street have always been known to attract special guests, we've included some of the best of those songs as well: Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., Lena Horne, Billy Joel, and actress Madeline Kahn have all sung along with the muppets. So whether you're an Oscar the Grouch fan, Grover is your guy or you prefer Count Von Count (Ah ah ah!), "Best of Sesame Street" is sure to entertain and delight kids of all ages, and maybe even help you forget those Monday blues.

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October 27, 2010

Cruella De Vil, Ursula, Jafar: Disney Villains

 If your house is filled with fans of the Disney animated films and all the memorable characters that we have come to both love and hate, then the new Disney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs album is sure to be an instant favorite. It's a great new Halloween-time soundtrack, featuring songs either sung by some of the creepiest bad guys or about these dastardly villains; the collection spans decades and includes classic tracks such as "The Siamese Cat Song" from The Lady and the Tramp, "Oogie Boogie's Song" from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid. So while we all love to hate her, now we can sing-along to "Cruella De Vil" and other odes to her fellow Disney evil-doers.

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October 20, 2010

Napster Launches "The 00's" Radio Station

The '00s Starting today, Napster subscribers can now enjoy "The 00’s" radio station, highlighting the greatest music and most popular artists that shaped the past decade. "The 00’s" will take fans on a musical journey through the era of dance pop, auto-tune, crossover rap, reggaeton, and much more. This station includes the first hits by artists we now consider household names, like Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé (as a solo artist), and 50 Cent. It also follows the rise of new styles, like reggaeton—represented by artists like Daddy Yankee and Noreaga—and highlights mega-groups like Black Eyed Peas, Destiny’s Child, and The Pussycat Dolls. And of course, we didn't forget your favorite chart-topping pop and rock artists, like Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Coldplay, and Papa Roach, just to name a few.  So what are you waiting for? Napster subscribers: Log-in, go the Radio Station tab, select "The 00’s" station, and enjoy! Not yet a Napster subscriber and feeling left out? Click here to sign up and enjoy "The 00’s"—and so much more!

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