Press for Lullaby Renditions of Beyoncé

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The talented and beautiful Beyoncé has finally been Rockabye’d, and we are drunk in love. Lullaby Renditions of Beyoncé is the perfect addition to the many artists we have given the lullaby treatment to. It has been long awaited and frequently requested by our parent devotees. Now you can teach those sleepy babies the moves to “Single Ladies”, and listen to the album at home, or hear it on the go with Spotify. Here’s what’s buzzing in the press about Queen B for babies.

 

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NPR

“…you can still marvel at how well it's done and, if you actually have a newborn baby, it's a delight to play for them (if only as a wink to how cool you really are).”

Huffington Post

“But did you know parents now have a new way to introduce Beyoncé’s music to their babies? Rockabye Baby ― a company that produces lullaby versions of pop and rock songs ― announced that it will release an album of baby-friendly Beyoncé hits.”

Los Angeles Times

“The popular “Rockabye” series has tackled a wide range of artists over the years, from Prince, the Beatles and Bob Marley to Metallica, Eminem and even Beyoncé’s hubby, Jay Z.”

Popsugar

“As fate would have it, Rockabye Baby also announced exciting news of its own: it's releasing lullaby versions of Beyoncé's songs ahead of the arrival of her two new bundles of joy… Sounds like Blue Ivy and her new siblings will have a lot to sing about once the kid-friendly versions of their famous mom's songs hit stores.”

 

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Press for Our 10th Anniversary Album, Birthday Party

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We're three days away from the release of our 10th Anniversary compilation album, Birthday Party. Wow, ten years! It seems like just yesterday we released lullaby renditions of Metallica, Coldplay and Radiohead. And now we're over 70 albums in! We’re thrilled you all have helped us thrive, and that we’re able to continue putting out new music regularly (keeping parents sane everywhere).

 

10th Anniversary Album

Birthday Party is a very special album. Not only is it a celebration of all the hard work our team has put into each album, but it also has something for everyone. Whether you’re a Daft Punk fan or Dee-lite addict, our 10th Anniversary album is sure to please the whole house. So take a look below to see what others have been saying, and don’t forget to purchase your own!

 

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Vibe

Enter Rockabye Baby!, a company that has turned popular songs over the years into lullabies you can use to take your newborn to dreamville...To celebrate its 10th year in the business, the company will release Birthday Party, with renditions of pop, disco, hip-hop rock tracks like Micheal Jackson’s “Rock With You,” “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang and The Black Eyed Peas’s “Let’s Get It Started”...The first single from the Oct. 14 release is “Hey Ya!,” one of the infectious songs from 2003 and Outkast’s Grammy-winning release, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Infused with bells and a piano, the song takes on a new light.

SPIN

The children’s lullaby remix you can stream below doesn’t have James Murphy’s sentimentalism or ambition. But Murphy isn’t this adorable. The children’s lullaby label Rockabye Baby recorded the redo for a compilation that will celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Exclaim!

While LCD Soundsystem have yet to deliver the goods on the group's forthcoming comeback album, their fans can stop being crybabies about it and instead take solace in this lullaby version of their song "All My Friends."...The lullaby version of the track is built on plucky strings and gentle, soothing keyboards. It's sort of a cross between the Rugrats theme and the most precious moments of early 2000s IDM.

Yahoo

The latest release from the upcoming Birthday Party album is a lullaby rendition of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends." The original version is a pretty upbeat track led mainly by piano. This new lullaby version is far more delicate, with the soft tone of a xylophone as it's leading instrument. Thanks to Rockabye Baby, LCD Soundsystem fans can listen to their favorite band without worrying about waking the baby.

Stereogum

Rockabye Baby — the LA-based company who puts out lullaby versions of popular songs — has been doing its thing for 10 years now, and they’re putting out a special Birthday Partycompilation to celebrate their birthday...Also included on the new compilation is a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends,” which I am personally very excited to hear.

Read more mentions in Pitchfork and NME.

 

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Press for Lullaby Renditions of Adele

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It's been a few months since we announced our latest release, Lullaby Renditions of Adele. Since then, we can't help but keep it on repeat (we mix in Bad Girl RiRi on occasion as well). With the CD to play at home and Spotify for on-the-go, it's as though Adele is always there when we need her. There is no denying that these lullabies are perfect for your baby, but they're also ideal for new moms and dads. So grab a glass of wine, hold back the tears, watch our video for the track "Hello" and check out some of the press Rockabye Baby's Adele album has received.

 

 

Billboard

... Lullaby Renditions of Adele will feature hits such as "Hello," "Rolling in the Deep" and "Chasing Pavements," all of which have been reworked to help restless newborns get down for sleepy time (or as background music, if you like).

Teen Vogue

From "Hello" to "Make You Feel My Love," all of your favorites are being turned into the lullaby playlist of your dreams. Though the British star is the perfect singer for this project, artists including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Maroon 5 have all had their tunes turned into bedtime listening. Who knew there were already so many epic lullaby albums out there?

Basically, forget counting sheep or the typical "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and opt for Adele's incredible music instead!

Nerdist

Obviously the most significant part of Adele’s mystique is her superhuman vocal prowess, so an Adele rendition without her voice seems a little strange, but it totally works here. Trying to find someone to emulate her voice would have been a trap of the Kidz Bop variety for this cute little series. Instead it successfully offers a calming take on the instinctive catchiness of Adele’s best songs throughout her career.

PopCrush

And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be charmed to hear that the Grammy Award-winning songstress’ many hits will soon literally be available in the form of lullabies, perfect for coaxing your tiny pop-stans-in-the-making to bed.

Other notable outlets:

Entertainment Weekly

Refinery 29

NY Daily News

Yahoo Music

 

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Press for Lullaby Renditions of Rihanna

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Rihanna joined the Rockabye family in April and we've been jamming out to her ever since. And since the album is on Spotify, it's especially easy to put those kiddos down for a nap while you’re on the go. Glad we're not the only ones who love our lullaby renditions of Ri Ri. 

Slate

"If you’ve got a preternaturally hip baby and are looking for some new tunes to lull them to sleep, look no further than Lullaby Renditions of Rihanna...They’re all delightful—the cover of stripper anthem “Pour It Up” is a highlight..."

Jezebel

"Now that you all know my important stance on baby music, I’m going to make the argument that this album of Rihanna songs converted to lullabies for babies is straight flames, whether one is a baby or an adult. It is the least ageist baby music I have ever heard, and not just because Rihanna makes great music..."

PaperMag

"Okay, lowkey, Rockabye Baby's been making some amazing lullabies out of heart-racingly hyped songs...they may have just dropped their greatest sleeper hit yet with today's release of Lullaby Renditions of Rihanna, which -- yes -- translates all of her biggest hits into soothing zzz-fodder."

Hello Giggles

"It turns out that Rihanna’s music actually works amazingly as lullabies and we’re kind of in love...So if you’re craving some RiRi but also need your little one to fall asleep you’ve got the perfect album."

 

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I Confess: Leaving Is Hard to Do

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When I gave birth to my daughter in 2012 I had been working a lot: one full-time job and three part-time gigs. I had no maternity leave, I was a freelancer, but I saved enough to take off eight weeks, and then my little one went straight into full-time daycare. When I was a kid, my parents worked full-time so this was normal to me, plus, Little D slept most of the time. (Yes, we were lucky like that.)

I continued my heavy workload when D turned 2 and transitioned into full-time preschool. From 8 a.m.–6 p.m. she was at school, thriving I must say, and continued to spend (slightly more waking hours in the care of other people than her parents. By 2½ she was more active than ever, sleeping less, and wanting me more. At the same time, I wanted to be there more. (Leading up to this I had two miscarriages, which may explain what came next.) As the year went on, I started to “break up” with my other “kids”/jobs to give me more time to spend with D. Not having my full-time salary was tough, but the extra quality time with my daughter was worth it.

 

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By her 3rd birthday, I thought I had struck the perfect balance. I was able to make it to all her big school functions during the day, befriend a ton of parents at her school, and occasionally take her out of school for mama time. Soon weekends became all about her: dance classes, play dates, birthday parties, etc. At first I thought, this is awesome. But months later something happened. I started having problems breathing, would have days when I couldn’t stop crying…I just couldn’t cope, despite the fact my life seemed less stressful than ever.

I thought I was sick. I got blood work done and my chest X-rayed, and, physically, everything was fine. My diagnosis? Anxiety. The treatment? Medication and/or exercise. When I asked my doctor to try to explain to me what was going on with me, he said something to the effect that sometimes there’s just a “disconnect.” He didn’t push taking anti-anxiety medication, but said I could try it to see if it helped. I was hesitant about taking anything, but I didn’t know what to do.

I quit one part-time job that required an hour commute each way, thinking that would do it, but it didn’t. And more exercise seemed to make me more anxious. I waited several weeks, and many “episodes,” before I did finally call up my doctor to say, “Hey, let me try it.”

A couple months later, I could breathe again.

Why am I sharing all this? Giving up things to be with my daughter, to be that parent who was there for everything made me happy when I was with her, but when she wasn’t around, I felt like a mess. What I haven’t mentioned is that at that point, the longest I’d gone without seeing my daughter since she was born was 24 hours. I was away from her for one single night for an emergency situation. Why not more? Maybe deep down I didn’t want to know what it felt like to be away from her, to not be a parent, to not put family before myself. I’d given up so much to be with her, I should be with her as much as I could, right?

Then, last week, I had reached a breaking point, not just with her, but all the responsibilities that come with running a household: caring and cleaning up after a toddler, a puppy, a cat, a bird, and my (really sweet) husband. So, with my daughter and husband’s approval (I would’ve gone anyway) and rain check with friends for regular date/family nights (I have at least three a week), I left for two nights and three days with my dog (just for exercise) to stay at my parents’ house in suburbia while they were out of town.

My parents’ house isn’t far away, maybe an hour in traffic, but it delivered exactly what this parent needed: silence. It felt weird at first, especially since it’s so loud where we live in L.A. My dog was even confused just how quiet it was in the suburbs. And for the first time in a long time I had real me time. And I liked how it felt.

It’s not like I thought I’d die if I spent more than a night away from my daughter, but the first night it did feel weird. Too quiet, too still. The next night it felt much better, going to sleep and waking up alone. It had been so long, actually since 2008, when I lived by myself.

When I returned home, it was like I had never left, but I learned a lot just in that three-day “momcation.” I survived leaving for a little bit, and so did my family. Not a major revelation for most people, but for me, it was. I have to leave more. I have to let go more. It’s not for everyone, and it’s not possible for everyone, but I’m now going to demand it.

Honestly, I don’t know if it is the medication that has helped me get to this point or not, we will see, as I am planning to get off it in the next month. But I do have a clearer vision of what I want now as I head into my fourth year as a mother. I’m going to prepare to have another baby, not the human kind, but the “baby” I had always wanted before I had my daughter: my own business. So that’s what I’m working on now. I’m loading things back on my plate as my daughter’s own plate is loaded with her own imaginary family (she had four sisters at last count), two dance classes, and a music class. And I’m not just looking to be able to breathe again on my own—I’m looking to soar. Wish me luck with baby #2!

 

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