Music: Children's Music

March 14, 2011

Justin Bieber's Never Say Never Breaks Records

Justin Bieber, Never Say Never (The Remixes) Justin Bieber's 3D documentary Never Say Never is now officially the top-grossing concert film and third-top-grossing documentary of all time. With over $70 million in ticket sales — and more in its first weekend than either Michael Jackson's This Is It or the Jonas Brothers' 3D Concert Experience — Bieber's Never Say Never (remix album pictured) has surpassed Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds in Concert to claim the top spot for music/concert film receipts, and without adjusting for inflation, he even beats Prince's Purple Rain. With fans lining up to see this film worldwide, it's clear that, far from abating, Bieber Fever continues to spread. Just ask these teens in Liverpool.

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March 02, 2011

Miranda Cosgrove Live at Club Nokia

Miranda Cosgrove This past weekend, teen sensation Miranda Cosgrove wrapped up her "Dancing Crazy" tour and had kids of all ages on their feet and dancing at L.A.'s Club Nokia concert venue. Cosgrove, also known as the title character of the hit Nickelodeon show iCarly, gave an energetic performance of songs from both her debut album, Sparks Fly, and iCarly. Fellow teen and newcomer Greyson Chance kicked off the show with his single "Waiting Outside the Lines." Then it was Cosgrove's turn to hit the stage, and she wasted no time getting the crowd into it by opening her show with the popular iCarly theme song, "Leave It All To Me." In the audience to support Cosgrove were fellow Nickelodeon stars Drake & Josh, which only added to the excitement. Every kid had a smile on their face, clearly elated to see Cosgrove live, and most were singing along — a pretty good sign that the evening went very well.

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February 23, 2011

Pete Seeger, Tomorrow's Children: Children's Music Grammy winner

Pete Seeger, Tomorrow's Children We'll be the first to admit we got carried away in the excitement of the Grammys and discussing the big winners from the popular genres. But it's also nice to recognize the little guys, though Pete Seeger is more like a giant in the Children's Music world. His latest album, Tomorrow's Children, took home the Best Musical Album for Children Grammy last week; it's yet another great moment in a long and storied career. Seeger, 91 (!), has spent most of his life creating thoughtful folk music to both inspire and entertain children. His award-winning album not only inspires kids but was inspired by a group of children known as "The Rivertown Kids," who were learning about the Hudson River in their classroom and contributed their own voices and songs. With many other folk artist as guest vocalists, Seeger guides both adults and children on a colorful and enchanting journey through stories and songs. It's a truly impressive achievement at any age.

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February 01, 2011

New Music Tuesday: Bob Marley, Ricky Martin, Dr. Dre, Aretha Franklin, Kidz Bop Kids

Most new music comes out on Tuesdays (it's a U.S. record business tradition), and each week we cull through the mountain of new releases to bring you some of the best from across different genres. Click below, or find them in Napster's New Releases section.

Bob Marley & The Wailers, Live Forever Bob Marley & The Wailers, Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980 (World/Reggae): This historic concert album captures the iconic reggae group's last gig before Marley succumbed to cancer. In time for his birthday on Feb. 6, Napster's version includes five exclusive tracks.


Ricky Martin, Musica Alma Sexo Ricky Martin, Música + Alma + Sexo (Latin): Martin's first album since coming out is mostly a Spanish-language affair, but current single "Lo Mejor De Mi Vida Eres Tu" featuring Natalia Jimenez is also included as an English-language version, "The Best Thing About Me Is You," featuring Joss Stone.


Dr. Dre, I Need a Doctor Dr. Dre, "I Need a Doctor" (Hip-hop/rap): The latest number from his long, long-awaited Detox album (following first single "Kush," released in November) is brought to you by the hitmaking team that concocted Eminem's smash "Love the Way You Lie." The emotional new single features Em and Skylar Grey.


Aretha Franklin, The Great American Songbook Aretha Franklin, The Great American Songbook (R&B, pop, easy listening): A compilation of 18 standards by the likes of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, and Johnny Mercer (to name a few), sung by one of the greatest singers of any generation. From her early-1960s tenure with Columbia Records.


Kidz Bop Kids, Sings the Black Eyed Peas Kidz Bop Kids, KIDZ BOP Sings the Black Eyed Peas (Children's/Pop): Pop superstars The Black Eyed Peas get the Kidz Bop treatment, with their biggest hits covered as part of the popular children's series. Songs on the album include "Boom Boom Pow," "I Gotta Feeling," "Let's Get it Started," and "The Time."


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January 18, 2011

New Music Tuesday: Britney Spears, Kanye West & Jay-Z, The Script, Kidz Bop Kids

Most new music comes out on Tuesdays (it's a U.S. record business tradition), and each week we cull through the mountain of new releases to bring you some of the best from across different genres. Click below, or find them in Napster's New Releases section.

Britney Spears, Hold It Against Me Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me" (pop): The flirtatious single from the pop princess (with the help of Max Martin and Dr. Luke) has quickly made its way into Napster's Top 10 tracks, turning a cheesy pick-up line into a dancefloor hit, packed with ravey keys and a dramatic half-time dubstep-style breakdown.


Kanye West & Jay-Z, H.A.M. Kanye West & Jay-Z, "H.A.M." (hip-hop): The boisterous acronym expands to "Hard As a Motherf***r," and that's exactly the sound you get from the combination of Kanye and Jay-Z trading verses over a Lex Luger beat. It's the first single from their upcoming collaboration album, Watch the Throne.


The Script, Science & Faith The Script, Science & Faith (pop, rock): An Irish band known for their impeccable songwriting and production, this album is the follow-up to their successful 2008 self-titled debut. It features a dozen new tracks including the singles " For the First Time," "Nothing," and "If You Ever Come Back."


Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 19 Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 19 (children's music, pop): The latest installment in the popular Kidz Bop franchise features more kid-friendly covers of the latest pop hits, including Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling in Love," Katy Perry's "Firework," Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are," and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."


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January 11, 2011

Best of 2010: Justin Roberts, Jungle Gym

Justing Roberts, Jungle Gym Not all popular music for children is sung by cartoon characters, puppets, or groups of other children, and you don't necessarily need a gimmick to grab kids' attention: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Justin Roberts has been making fun, enjoyable pop music for the younger generations for many years now without anything more than his wit and a guitar. His 2010 release, Jungle Gym, is not only one of the best of the year, but also his first album to be nominated for a Grammy. And while he has some stiff competition from the likes of Pete Seeger, Judy Pancoast, The Battersby Duo, and They Might Be Giants, families will continue to enjoy Justin's music for years to come.

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January 04, 2011

Best of 2010: Selena Gomez & The Scene, A Year without Rain

Selena Gomez, A Year without Rain Teen-pop princess Selena Gomez has started off the new year making headlines, but not necessarily for her music. Last year's sophomore release with her band The Scene, A Year without Rain, was a sweet slice of teen dance-pop that catapulted Selena into the celebrity realm of fellow Disney stars Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. But now, it's the rumor of her association with a male teen heartthrob that has the Internet buzzing. Who's her rumored boyfriend? Justin Bieber (!!!), that's who.  Photos surfaced of the two teen stars cuddling on holiday together, and they have thrown those with Bieber-fever into a tizzy. Considering how quickly teenage hearts change, hopefully the two youngsters can get some privacy and the rest of us can just go back to enjoying the music.

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December 20, 2010

Kids Sing the Hits: Christmas (Napster Playlist)

Kids Sing the Hits: Christmas (Napster playlist) We know that children love a good sing-along, and we know children love Christmas, so it's pretty much a given that Napster's "Kids Sing the Hits: Christmas" playlist will be a hit in just about any family home. Including both classic carols as well as songs from cartoon favorites, this playlist is perfect for any budding singing star. "Frosty the Snowman," "The Chipmunk Song," and "Jingle Bells" are just a few of the songs performed by kid-only groups such as KidzTown Kids and the Kidz Bop Kids. Perfect for pint-sized carollers everywhere.

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December 15, 2010

2010's Ten Most Retweeted Tweets

Rihanna, Loud Over the last year Twitter has become so popular that it's only fitting that the company release a list of 2010’s Ten Most Retweeted Tweets. But what's surprising is that among all the influential people and companies in the world tweeting—President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Time magazine, to name a few—seven of the 10 most retweeted tweets were from musicians: Rihanna, Kanye West, Lady GaGa, Joe Jonas, Justin Bieber, Lil’ Wayne, and Drake all had their tweets retweeted by the masses more times than anyone else in 2010. In fact, Obama, Oprah, and Time didn’t even make the top 10. If this doesn’t show anything else, it definitely shows the power of music and the public's interest in what artists have to say. What’s next? Will Joe Jonas use his influence to run for office? Could happen...

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A Sesame Street Christmas

A Sesame Street Christmas As I have professed my love for all things Sesame Street many times now, it will come as no surprise when I declare that A Sesame Street Christmas is one of my new favorite holiday albums. How can you not love Bert and Ernie singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" or The Count losing control during "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth?" There are group sing-alongs to classics such as "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and medleys featuring the whole gang, from Elmo to Grover. And for those of you NOT in the Christmas spirit and feeling a little grouchy, there's always "I Hate Christmas" by Oscar the Grouch. I told you this was excellent album.

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