Disney’s Shake It Up – I <3 Dance Album

Yesterday saw the release of the new Disney album ‘I <3 Dance’ and is the soundtrack to the TV Series ‘Shake It Up’.

This album is packed with tons of music from the artists Zendaya, Bella Thorne, Bridgit Mendler, Coco Jones and a special remix of the theme song by Selena Gomez.

We were sent this album to review and, not knowing anything about the TV series, we were going in ‘blind’. I have to say that Grace and I love it. It’s catchy and dancy without being patronising (I really can’t stand songs that pander to kids, we have never played nursery rhymes on trips in my car – just proper decent pop music!). Grace is at the stage where she loves dancing and performing for us and this soundtrack is perfect for this very reason. I have already had to watch a number of ‘shows’ which she has decided to put on to the music on this album. Now all I need is a copy of the show itself and I’m certain she’ll be hooked.

A bit about ‘Shake It Up’…

Best friends CeCe Jones (Bella Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zendaya) have dreamed about becoming professional dancers ever since they were little girls. Their big break finally comes when the girls get jobs as dancers on a local TV dance show called “Shake It Up, Chicago.”  Now, in the third season, Rocky and CeCe must re-audition for their spots on the show and balance their dance lives with school, boys, and family. Through it all, these two best friends always stick together.

The lovely people at Universal have kindly sent me three of the tracks for you to listen to. They are ‘Contagious Love’, ‘This is my Dancefloor’ and the Shake It Up Theme Song:


1.  “Contagious Love” by Zendaya and Bella Thorne is an upbeat rap anthem with a heavy-hitting bass-and-drum foundation. Its sweet harmonies and catch chorus echo the song’s universal message about living life to the fullest.

2.  “This Is My Dance Floor,” also from Bella Thorne and Zendaya, is an intense, synth-driven track about showing everyone whose boss when it comes to owning the floor.

3.  “Beat of My Drum” by Zendaya is a smoldering track with a pan-African vibe and a fierce beat.

4.  “Blow the System,” with its classic disco beat backed by Bella Thorne’s vocals, compares a marathon dance party with rolling the dice on love.

5.  “After Party” by “Shake It Up” co-stars Roshon Fegan and Caroline Sunshine, features a gritty shuffle sound, crazy hard beats in a tale of a party that lasts all night long.

6.  “Holla at the DJ (The DJ Mike D Remix),” a track from the upcoming EP by Hollywood Records artist Coco Jones, is a hip-hop leavened musical conversation between a dancer and her accommodating DJ.

7.  “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” is a stunning remake of the 1966 Nancy Sinatra classic, here updated for the smartphone era, performed by the star of the Disney XD series “Kickin’ It,” Olivia Holt.

8.  “Sharp as a Razor” by Hollywood Records’ artists McClain Sisters is a sophisticated R&B-flavored dance track that offers a twist on that special relationship between dancer and DJ when both are in synch.

9.  “Future Sounds Like Us” by rising star Dove Cameron is a bright and boisterous tribute to Dance Nation.

10.  “I Can Do Better” by Y.LA borrows a page from Irving Berlin in this up-tempo track about the ultimate dance contest.

11.  Superstar Selena Gomez’s popular “Shake It Up” theme song gets an update from 16-year old producer/DJ Cole Plante’s shuffle-infused Reboot remix.

12. We’re Dancing (Alex Ghenea 3.0 Remix) – Bridgit Mendler

13. I’m Back – Zendaya

14. Getcha Head in the Game – Bella Thorne

15. Freaky Freakend – Coco Jones

16. I Do – Drew Seeley

17. Law of Averages – TKO; Nevermind

A total of 17 tracks at £11 is a bargain. Our favourites are ‘This is my Dancefloor’ (for Grace, obviously!) and ‘Beat of My Drum’. I am also loving their re-make of the old 60s classic ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’.

Shake It Up – I Love Dance is available to pre-order now on Amazon – at £11.00 – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shake-Up-I-Love-Dance/dp/B00BCCE3D0/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1363088067&sr=1-2



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