The songs change but the concept endures?tuneless tykes yelling over lame re creations of recent hits. However aggravating, the Kidz Bop franchise has sold more than 5 million albums since 2001. Not even some of the big names covered with Kidz Bop 9 — including a solo Gwen Stefani and Gorillaz — can boast such numbers. But — to non-8-year-olds, at least — the baffling success of these copykids can only be interpreted as another brain-smelting sign of the apocalypse.
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