“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.