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Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

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Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is.

The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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The latest effort in the kids-sing-the-hits series also lands the line its 19th top 10 album. The new set features kid-friendly (and kid-sung) covers of such hits as Pharrell's "Happy," Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and One Direction¹s "Story of My Life."

And, to the surprise of no one, Kidz Bop 26 also enters at No. 1 on the Kid Albums chart, Kidz Bop's 28th leader on the list. The Kidz also debut four tunes on the Kid Digital Songs chart.

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While earlier Kidz Bop albums mostly featured anonymous studio singers, recent sets have focused on branding named talent. The new album¹s five young singers (Jayna Brown, Ashlynn Chong, Grant Knoche, Matthew Martinez and Bredia Santoro) are even on tour, with concert dates lined up through October.

Kidz Bop is a major player in the world of children¹s music, with the series owning 21 percent of all kids music album sales this year (486,000 of 2.3 million). In 2013, Kidz Bop accounted for 19 percent of children's music sales (1 million of 5.6 million).