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    'HSM 2' 1st single debuts at #1, Soundtrack released on 8/14/07

    First Single from
    ``High School Musical 2''Soundtrack, `
    `What Time Is It,'' Debuts at
    #1 on the Top Singles Chart


    High School Musical 2 Soundtrack
    Available August 14

    BURBANK, Calif.-Jul 26, 2007 2:58 PM CDT-
    “What Time Is It,” the first single from the highly-anticipated High School Musical 2 soundtrack, debuts at #1 on the Top Singles Chart with 87,000 physical CD singles sold and ranks #21 on the Hot Digital Tracks with 31,200 digital singles sold. The single debuts at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and is this week’s “Hot Shot Debut.” In addition, it is #3 on Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown, a chart driven exclusively by listener requests.

    The music video for the song premiered June 9 on Disney Channel. The High School Musical 2 soundtrack will be available August 14 wherever music is sold. The movie premieres Friday, August 17 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

    In 2006, an unprecedented nine original songs from the "High School Musical" soundtrack broke onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart – with five of them in the Top 40. Walt Disney Records reached its highest Hot 100 chart position in 50 years with the soundtrack's hit single "Breaking Free." The soundtrack went on to become the #1 selling album of 2006.

    In the sequel, the jubilant anthem "What Time is It" comes at the top of the movie as the last minutes of the school year clock finally tick down to summertime. Not even Mrs. Darbus can tame the excited Wildcats as they break into song, jump out of their seats and pour out of the classroom, "roller coasting" down the hallway and through the school in an exhilarating song and dance that exclaims the pressure's off and the party's about to start. Songwriters Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, who wrote the iconic "We're All In This Together" and "Start of Something New" for the first movie's multi-platinum selling soundtrack, hearkened back to their own school days to capture the celebratory feeling as summer vacation begins.

    At director and choreographer Kenny Ortega's request, Gerrard and Nevil included vocals from the entire cast and infused a percussive, rhythmic feel to the music. And to remind viewers of where the popular storytelling of the first movie left off, the horns and drum beat evoke a bit of "We're All in this Together."

    High School Musical 2 premieres Friday, August 17 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) with a weekend of programming events, including a Sing-Along telecast hosted by the cast on Disney Channel. The High School Musical 2 soundtrack will be available August 14, 2007 for a suggested retail price of $18.98 wherever music is sold. All Walt Disney Records and Buena Vista Records audio products also can be ordered by visiting DisneyRecords.com.

    The movie stars Zac Efron as Troy Bolton, Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans, Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans, Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie and Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth.
    -Walt Disney Records

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    Re: 'HSM 2' 1st single debuts at #1, Soundtrack released on 8/14/07

    Music Review
    High School Musical 2 (2007)

    Various Artists


    HAVIN' A BALL Efron (front) works from the same playbook in High School Musical 2, but still comes up a winner
    Adam Larkey

    Credits

    Release Date: Aug 14, 2007; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Soundtracks/Cast Recordings
    B+

    By Chris Willman Chris Willman is a senior music writer for Entertainment Weekly

    The way the music biz has been going, it figures that the biggest album of 2006 was an ancillary product. But as celebrated offshoots go, the quadruple-platinum soundtrack to High School Musical last year's top cable draw and the best-selling TV-movie DVD ever was a darned effective souvenir. A song like ''Start of Something New'' could provide modest pleasure on its own. Combine it with the insanely cute chemistry between Vanessa Hudgens (bookworm Gabriella) and Zac Efron (jock Troy) she with those (virginal) bedroom eyes, he with those perpetually surprised peepers and it's suddenly transcendent pop, for anyone able to recall or anticipate the first flush of puppy love.

    With High School Musical 2, the franchise is putting its music foot first. The soundtrack arrives Aug. 14, three days before the sequel's Disney Channel premiere a gap that'll give kids (and parents) time to commit every lyric to memory, making the movie's first airing a full-on karaoke experience. While this material won't upstage the Rodgers and Hammerstein legacy, it is on par with the previous soundtrack's sweet, crafty fun. Just as the sequel has the same creators (and the films feel like they were shot back-to-back), the new album mostly uses the original's songwriting teams and templates. Want another song that conflates sports with choreography, la ''Get'cha Head in the Game''? Try ''I Don't Dance,'' in which baseball talk replaces basketball-court squeaks. ''You Are the Music in Me'' is HSM 2's "What I've Been Looking For" both an earnest Troy/Gabriella duet and an insincere (but more fun) showstopper for self-absorbed Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale). Sometimes even more established song models are in play. ''Work This Out,'' a full-cast celebration of summer employment, might be a descendant of an earlier Disney Records hit: ''Whistle While You Work.''

    The HSM 2 plot amounts to the Last Temptation of Troy, with the hero tested in the desert well, on a desert golf course by the serpent Sharpay. So Efron gets a terrific crisis-of-conscience number, ''Bet on It,'' with a nervous, Michael Jackson-esque hook, soon after Gabriella's you've changed, dude ballad. Parents will appreciate the positive messages about staying true to oneself in the couple's big numbers while secretly relishing Sharpay's desperate-to-entertain determination. She gets the showiest show tunes, channeling a juvenile Noel Coward in ''Fabulous'' and visiting a wacked-out enchanted tiki room in ''Humuhumunukunukua'pua'a'' (a great comic showcase cut from the movie). Puppy love is grand, but for anyone who truly appreciates the let's-put-on-a-show spirit that HSM embodies, I'm not sure that Sharpay isn't the real heroine after all. B+
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    And to think, 99% of the people on this board hate this dreck...even Top 40 stations.

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