With over 40+ Million streams across platforms and counting, Canada’s original, best-selling kid’s music group MINI POP KIDS are back with a new album. MINI POP KIDS 18 is available now and includes two new and original songs!
The two-disc release features three throwback tracks, including a cover of “Lean On Me” by the late, great Bill Withers, as well as a veritable who’s who of today’s top charts and social algorithms. Some of the world’s hottest fan favourites from Jason Derulo, Harry Styles, Doja Cat, BLACKPINK, Tones And I, and more are paired with two new, all-original tracks from MINI POP KIDS — “Holiday” and “I Want 2.”
The 24-track collection includes the MINI POP KIDS’ much-loved style of family-friendly covers of Canadian artists including Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and Drake, as well as a first for the group: their version of Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” as a fully produced acapella song. “There are no instruments on this track, just the voices of the kids,” Creative Director, Jamie Hodgins says. “We had to get creative with the recent stay-home recommendations in place, so the music video for it was shot from their bedrooms.
“Some songs were also recorded this way, using their closets as makeshift sound booths.”
No small feat for the legacy group that continues to create top-quality music and content beloved by both parents and kids on tour, in the recording studio, and online, even now during challenging restrictions placed by COVID-19.
“This is an exciting release,” Hodgins says of MINI POP KIDS 18. “This is the largest assembly of voices we’ve had on an album in more than a decade.”
Among the 16 voices heard throughout the release are some newly welcomed members Kyra (Kingston, ON), Aliyah Rose (King City, ON), Julia (Whitby, ON), Liv (Brampton, ON), Camden (Innisfil, ON), and Noam (Vaughan, ON).
They are joined by returning cast members Abby (Etobicoke, ON), Vasili (Toronto, ON), Tre (Caledon, ON), and Leyonce (Toronto, ON).
“Over 500 kids submitted videos to become the next MINI POP KID,” Hodgins shares of the group’s annual audition process. “We see so much talent shining through, narrowing selections down is always a tough task.”
MINI POP KIDS made it possible this year for fans nationwide to dress and feel like a member with the launch of their exclusive clothing line with Walmart Canada. Available both online and in 325 select stores across the country, the MINI POP KIDS apparel and accessories collection features sizing for boys and girls 4 XS – 16 XL.
The ‘Back To School’ collection just launched this month, with new pieces being added weekly!
MINI POP KIDS 18 is available now.
MINI POP KIDS 18 — TRACK LISTING:
“Dance Monkey” — Tones And I
“Savage Love” — Jason Derulo & Jawsh 685
“Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles
“Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
“Say So” — Doja Cat
“Intentions” — Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
“Sunday Best” — Surfaces
“Holiday” — MINI POP KIDS ** ORIGINAL **
“Stuck With U” — Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
“Stupid Love” — Lady Gaga
“Into The Unknown” — Idina Menzel & Aurora
“Lean On Me” — Bill Withers
“Blinding Lights” — The Weeknd
“Break My Heart” — Dua Lipa
“Mamacita” — Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna & J. Rey Soul
“Supalonely” — BENEE feat. Gus Dapperton
“Toosie Slide” — Drake
“Rain On Me” — Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
“I Want 2” — MINI POP KIDS ** ORIGINAL **
“How You Like That” — BLACKPINK
“I Love Me” — Demi Lovato
“10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
“Dynamite” — Taio Cruz
“Can’t Hold Us” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton