Music Fun for the Future ‘Idols!’ – ‘Universal Music Family’ CD Collections

New Compilations of Hit Songs for Kids that Won’t Drive Parents Crazy

In Stores Aug. 19th from Universal Music Enterprises

At home, in the car, on the move — there’s music for it all! Now parents and future “Idols” alike can enjoy a collection of beloved songs sung by the original artists in a brand-new series of CDs, the Universal Music Family collection, coming to stores Aug. 19.

From Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gaye, Ella Fitzgerald to the Jackson 5, the Universal Music Family collection includes six CDs featuring many of music’s greatest icons singing songs that will entertain children without driving parents crazy! Parents can relive the music they love and introduce a whole new generation of today’s kids to favorite songs and performers. The series also introduces kids to the glorious genres of jazz and Motown as well as the fun of the ’80s, the best of Broadway, and great traveling songs. Each CD is age-graded to help quickly determine the best collection of songs for children. Universal Music Family CDs come in special EcoPaks(TM) — “Kid, Parent & Earth Friendly” packaging that is 100% recyclable. So now you can enjoy music with the whole family while helping the environment, too!

The Universal Music Family collection includes:

— ELLA FITZGERALD: MISS ELLA’S PLAYHOUSE (Verve/UMe) – Introduce kids
1-4 to original jazz hits from America’s favorite songstress like
“A-Tisket, A-Tasket … ,” “Organ Grinder Swing (Eenie-Minie-MO),”
“The Muffin Man,” “Chew-Chew-Chew (Chew Your Bubble Gum),” “Melinda
the Mousie,” “Old Mother Hubbard,” “Molasses, Molasses,” “The Bean
Bag Song,” “Two Men in a Flying Saucer,” “The Hot Canary,” and “Old
Macdonald.” R/T: 31 minutes.

— FUTURE IDOLS (Decca Broadway/Hip-O/UMe) – Get your little future
“Idols” ages 5 and up ready with popular Broadway tunes including
“Do-Re-Mi” (The Sound of Music), “Tomorrow” (Annie), “Popular”
(Wicked), “Consider Yourself” (Oliver!), “A Day With the Cat in the
Hat” (Seussical), “Getting to Know You” (The King and I), “Put on a
Happy Face” (Bye Bye Birdie), “Closer and Closer” (The Little Prince),
“Big Rock Candy Mountain” (Sing Out Sweet Land), “Anything You Can Do”
(Annie Get Your Gun), and “76 Trombones” (The Music Man).
Approximately 39 minutes.

— JAZZ LULLABY (Verve/UMe) – For kids 0-4, this collection features
relaxing jazz to soothe all, including “Lullaby” (The Singers
Unlimited), “Hit the Road to Dreamland” (Mel Torme), “Dreams Are Made
For Children” (Ella Fitzgerald), “Two Sleepy People” (Johnny Hodges),
“Lullaby For Helene” (Bill Evans), “Over The Rainbow” (Ben Webster),
“Lullaby” (Ray Bryant), “Lullaby For the First Born” (Acoustic
Alchemy), “Little Child (Daddy Dear)” (Wes Montgomery), “Russian
Lullaby” (Ella Fitzgerald), and “Conversation With a Baby” (Abbey
Lincoln). Approximately 34 minutes.

— MOTOWN FOR KIDS (Motown/UMe) – Introduce kids 2 and up to classic
Motown hits like “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (Stevie Wonder),
“ABC” (Jackson 5), “Mickey’s Monkey” (The Miracles), “Dancing in the
Streets” (Martha & The Vandellas), “Function at the Junction” (Shorty
Long), “(I’m a) Road Runner” (Jr. Walker & the All Stars), “Please Mr.
Postman” (The Marvelettes), “This Old Heart of Mine” (the Isley
Brothers), “You Can’t Hurry Love” (The Supremes), “Do You Love Me”
(The Contours), “Heaven Must Have Sent You” (The Elgins), “I Can’t
Help Myself” (the Four Tops), “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (The
Temptations), and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (Marvin Gaye & Tammi
Terrell). Approximately 38 minutes

— SONGS FOR THE CAR (Hip-O/UMe) – Kids 2 and up can finally hit the road
with songs that will keep them happy in the car, including “Our House”
(Madness), “All Star” (Smash Mouth), “Three is a Magic Number” (Bob
Dorough), “Teach Your Children” (Joseph Israel), “All Night Long”
(Lionel Richie), “Route 66” (Chuck Berry), “I Got Ants in My Pants”
(James Brown), “Stir It Up” (Patti LaBelle), “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
(The Temptations), “Gonna Make You Sweat” (C&C Music Factory),
“Mmmbop” (Hanson), and “Manana Iguana” (Bobby McFerrin). Approximately
40 minutes

— TOTALLY ’80S FOR KIDS (Hip-O/UMe) – Kids ages 2 and up will rock out
to some of the great songs from this distinctive era including
“Celebration” (Kool & the Gang), “Our House” (Madness), “Everybody
Have Fun Tonight” (Wang Chung), “Weird Science” (Oingo Boingo),
“Axel F” (Harold Faltermeyer), “One Thing Leads to Another” (The
Fixx), “Steppin’ Out” (Joe Jackson), “Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You, You
Don’t Love Me Ha Ha Ha),” (Trio); “She Drives Me Crazy” (Fine Young
Cannibals), “The Look of Love (Part 1)” (ABC), “Rhythm of the Night”
(DeBarge), and “Jackie Wilson Said” (Dexys Midnight Runners).
Approximately 43 minutes.

Universal Music Family CDs are available wherever music is sold. To listen to song samples visit http://www.ilovethatsong.com/family.

About Universal Music Enterprises

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for Universal Music Group. Working in conjunction with all of the company’s record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new technological fields. UMe is also designed to aggressively develop a cohesive and strategic approach to maximizing catalog repertoire by initiating and implementing integrated marketing campaigns, direct to consumer programs, brand management initiatives and strategic partnerships.

UMe is comprised of several business units and record labels: Universal Chronicles, the unit that manages and markets UMG’s extensive catalog through retail channels; UTV Records, the television marketing unit; Hip-O Records, its independent label that releases CDs and DVDs from outside sources; New Door Records, a label dedicated to producing new music from historically significant recording artists whose catalog is controlled by UMG labels; UMe Digital, the first all digital label from a major music company; Universal Music Special Markets; and Universal Film & Television Music.

UMe also oversees the operation of the world’s largest jazz recording company, The Verve Music Group, including the premier jazz label Verve, which focuses on traditional jazz; adult music label Verve Forecast; contemporary jazz label GRP; and Impulse!, which focuses on reissues of its famed catalog. Its unparalleled roster of current and catalog artists include Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Brazilian Girls, Michael Brecker, John Coltrane, Jamie Cullum, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Ledisi, Loreena McKennitt, Wayne Shorter, Nina Simone, Susan Tedeschi, and Lizz Wright.

Series: Universal Music Family
CD Titles: FUTURE IDOLS
JAZZ LULLABY
MISS ELLA’S PLAYHOUSE
MOTOWN FOR KIDS
TOTALLY ’80S FOR KIDS
SONGS FOR THE CAR
Category: Children, Ages 0-5
Street Date: August 19, 2008

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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