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New York City residents and visitors alike have made countless memories in each of Central Park’s 21 playgrounds. While climbing the Egypt-themed jungle gym near the Met or swinging to the sound of hooting monkeys near the zoo, anyone can delight in the beauty and magic of the park, and kids can do what they do best: play.
Keeping the playgrounds clean and safe is an important task, one that the Central Park Conservancy’s Playground Partners takes on with pride. Yesterday, the Playground Partners hosted their Annual Family Party at Heckscher Playground, the largest in the park. Kids and families flocked to games, sports, a magic show, arts and crafts, and much more. And since you can’t have a party without great music, Spotify was in attendance as the Family Party Main Stage Sponsor to entertain the next generation of listeners and their families.
The family-friendly musical performances included a DJ set from 14-year-old Annie Red, the award-winning resident DJ for the Brooklyn Nets. PAW Patrol’s Skye and Rubble were on a roll leading the “Pup Pup Boogie” and a PAWsome game of freeze dance.
KIDZ BOP, the most popular artist on Spotify for families, headlined. Since 2002, KIDZ BOP has recorded kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids.
“KIDZ BOP has been an established brand that families love for years—before Spotify even existed!” noted Dustee Jenkins, Head of Public Affairs at Spotify. “Even putting on this event, many of our employees who are twenty- and thirtysomething have been so excited about partnering with them because it’s the music they grew up on. Today, KIDZ BOP is the most popular music on Spotify for families.”
“I think KIDZ BOP is such a fantastic example of a group embracing streaming to meet their audiences where they are,” said Dustee. “But I also see it as a reflection of Spotify’s ability to cater to a wide-ranging audience and be a platform that they can grow up on. Music is such a powerful means of connection, especially for young families, where we’ve seen Spotify become a natural fixture in car rides and birthday parties, but also in education and generational connection.”
The KIDZ BOP Kids Live Tour is the first concert experience for many. The group’s most-streamed song on Spotify is “Shake It Off,” followed by “Uptown Funk.” Another popular track is “Dance Monkey,” which the group performed live along with “Never Stop,” “About That Time,” “Good 4 U,” “Shut Up and Dance,” “Break My Soul,” and “Made You Look.”
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