Disney youngsters making musical magic
Full Story: Disney youngsters making musical magicBy Brian Garrity
NEW YORK (Billboard) - When trying to quantify the heat surrounding the Disney Channel's hit series "Hannah Montana" try this one on for size: The Walt Disney Records soundtrack to the show, starring Miley Cyrus as a high school student by day, pop star by night, has sold more than 1.9 million units since its release last November. It has also placed eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Now Cyrus, the 14-year-old daughter of '90s country star Billy Ray Cyrus, is scheduled to release a solo album in June via another Disney label -- mainstream pop and rock specialist Hollywood Records.
But in the ultimate testimony to the hotness of the Hannah Montana character, Cyrus will get some help from her platinum-selling alter ego. The album, tentatively titled "Best of Both Worlds," will feature a mix of Cyrus originals as well as tracks from season two of "Hannah Montana." And in the piece de resistance, an accompanying tour is being discussed in which Cyrus will open for, that's right, herself.