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| 31 January 2013 | Reply


NEW YORK, NY (January 30, 2013) — KIDZ BOP, the #1 kids’ music brand in the U.S., announced today that 15-year-old Dallas Wayde is the Grand Prize Winner of its annual KIDZ Star USA Talent Search–America’s biggest national talent competition for kids ages 15 and under. As part of the grand prize, the Dallas, TX native won a recording contract from RCA Records. The KIDZ Star USA Grand Finale event showcasing Dallas’s big win premieres across VEVO today, the world’s leading all premium music video and entertainment platform. Multi-Platinum selling recording artist, Gavin DeGraw, mentored this year’s contests and Nickelodeon star, Ashley Argota, hosted the series. To check out all the episodes in the KIDZ Star USA series, visit VEVO: KIDZ Star USA.

Nearly 50,000 kids from across the country entered the competition by uploading a :90 second performance video to, the leading safe social network and video sharing site for kids and tweens. KIDZ BOP teamed up with Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio Electus (Fashion Star) to produce the KIDZ Star USA webisodes. The series followed the Top 8 KIDZ Star USA finalists to Hollywood as they faced off in a series of musical challenges to win a RCA Records recording contract.

Cliff Chenfeld, Co-Founder of KIDZ BOP added, “We are excited to congratulate Dallas Wayde on winning the KIDZ Star USA Talent Search. Dallas has a unique sound and incredible stage presence that not only caught the attention of RCA Records but captivated hundreds of thousands of VEVO fans.”

“We are thrilled to announce this year’s KIDZ Star USA winner, Dallas Wayde, an extremely talented young artist,” said Tom Corson, President and Chief Operating Officer at RCA Records. “Working with the KIDZ BOP/KIDZ Star USA Team continues to be an incredible experience and we are truly excited to begin working with Dallas.”

Last year’s winner, Kiana Brown, now signed to RCA Records, released her debut video “HEY CHICA” on VEVO and has generated over 600,000 views to date. Kiana recently appeared in the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, performed at several festivals with the KIDZ BOP kids and is currently in the studio recording new music.

About KIDZ BOP LLC: KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids ages 5-12 in the U.S., featuring today’s most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the authentic voice of kids across the entire brand—through music, videos, live appearances, licensed merchandise and its popular social networking and content sharing website, KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned one Platinum® and nine Gold® certifications since their debut in 2001. KIDZ BOP’s latest release, KIDZ BOP 23, recently debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Check out KIDZ BOP’s new weekly radio show, KIDZ BOP Block Party!, a two-hour weekly radio show on Kids Place Live, every Friday at 6PM EST. KIDZ BOP is also home to KIDZ Star USA, America’s biggest online talent search for kids 15 and under.

About RCA Records: RCA Records is a Division of Sony Music Entertainment. RCA includes a diverse roster of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, P!nk, Britney Spears, Foo Fighters, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Kings Of Leon, Chris Brown, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, T-Pain, Ke$ha, R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, D’Angelo, Pitbull, Monica, Sarah McLachlan, Buddy Guy, Brandy, Three Days Grace, Dido, Romeo Santos, Tool, Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, and Whitney Houston, among others; critically acclaimed and chart topping artists including Ray LaMontagne, Anthony Hamilton, Marsha Ambrosius, Adam Lambert, Mike Posner, Gavin DeGraw, Hot Chelle Rae, Cage The Elephant, Miguel and Jordin Sparks; burgeoning artists A$AP Rocky, Sammy Adams, Walk The Moon, Dry The River, Elle Varner, Elle King, K. Flay, Jacob Latimore and many more.

About Electus: Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Headed by Ben Silverman in partnership with IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], the company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be a true partner in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm or Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus’ programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers.

About VEVO: VEVO is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. VEVO is available in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom through, the mobile web,Mobile and Tablet Apps (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry Playbook), Connected Television (Xbox, Roku, Boxee) and user embeddable video players. In various territories, VEVO powers music videos on artist pages across Facebook, as well as syndicates to dozens of online sites, including AOL, BET, CBS Interactive Music Group (including and,, Univision, Viacom Media Networks, Wenner Media and Yahoo! Music. Additionally, through a special partnership with YouTube, VEVO is accessible in over 200 markets, expanding the platform’s reach around the globe.

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