High School Musical

18 Albums That Made 2006 A Great Year For Pop: From Fergie To Beyonce To Paris Hilton

Jonathan Riggs | June 22, 2016 12:07 pm
Jonathan Riggs | June 22, 2016 12:07 pm

All the music that made 2006 a phenomenal year for pop. More »


‘High School Musical 4’ Is Going To Be A Thing

Robbie Daw | March 2, 2016 12:55 pm
Robbie Daw | March 2, 2016 12:55 pm

They’re baaaaack. Well, the franchise is, anyway. More »


‘High School Musical’ By The Numbers: Breaking Down The Hit Movie On Its 10th Anniversary

Robbie Daw | January 20, 2016 9:15 am
Robbie Daw | January 20, 2016 9:15 am

Ten years to the day after High School Musical first aired, we’ve broken down the achievements of the movie, its cast members and director. More »



Miley Cyrus Appears To Be Wearing Her Engagement Ring Again: Morning Mix

Christina Lee | January 19, 2016 8:00 am
Christina Lee | January 19, 2016 8:00 am

Plus: The cast of High School Musical have reunited. Also see which artists are performing on TV today. More »


Pop Off The Stage: Top 5 Musicals To Achieve Crossover Success

emilytan | September 4, 2012 5:32 pm
emilytan | September 4, 2012 5:32 pm

EXCLUSIVE Look At Disney’s ‘Lemonade Mouth’ Music Video Shoot (PHOTOS)

Erika Brooks Adickman | March 16, 2011 9:16 am
Erika Brooks Adickman | March 16, 2011 9:16 am

Disney may have graduated from High School Musical back in 2008, but there was no way the Mouse was going to be without a musical movie franchise for very long. Welcome Lemonade Mouth, based on the best-selling book of the same name. This latest high school incarnation tells the story of a motley crew of outsiders who bond over detention and form a band. We’ve got some exclusive behind the scenes pics of the group’s music video “Somebody”, a power ballad that will premiere later this month. Click through for a sneak peek at Mesa High’s own singing Breakfast Club. More »



Popping Up: Drew Seeley

Becky Bain | June 9, 2010 10:50 am
Becky Bain | June 9, 2010 10:50 am

Importing Terror: Now There Is A Russian “HSM”

mariasci | February 23, 2009 5:00 am
mariasci | February 23, 2009 5:00 am


There was a weird period there where America was actually forced to steal its pop culture ideas from the rest of the world, what with Millionaire and Big Brother and Survivor and all. Now that we’ve closed the reality show gap, however, we can go back to imposing our entertainment on the rest of the world. To wit: a Russian version of High School Musical.

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Idolator Chats With Matthew Gerrard And Robbie Nevil About Getting In The “High School Musical” Game

Chris Molanphy | December 22, 2008 12:00 pm
Chris Molanphy | December 22, 2008 12:00 pm

Writing teen-oriented pop is a fairly specialized talent. Writing for a musical is an even more rarified art. Combining the two—and introducing the musical-theater art form to an entire generation that previously had little use for the stuff—is some kind of pop triple-lutz, a strange sort of accomplishment.

Two songwriters behind Disney’s High School Musical series, Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, acknowledge the strangeness, or at least uncanniness, of their feat. I recorded a conversation with them a few weeks ago, about a month after the third chapter in the series—its cinematic debut, after two high-rated made-for-TV movies—debuted atop the box office list with the highest-ever debut gross for a musical. The two writer-performers sounded both gratified and mildly dumbfounded by their good fortune, even as it represents to them the culmination of a couple of decades of happy toil in the pop-music trenches.

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From Britney To Disney (And Beyond): Idolator Plunges Into The World Of Teenpop

xhuxk | November 25, 2008 11:00 am
xhuxk | November 25, 2008 11:00 am

Ten years ago this month–Nov. 3, 1998, to be exact–Jive Records released Britney Spears’ debut single “Baby One More Time” (b/w “Autumn Goodbye”) in CD and 12-inch vinyl configurations. Metal Mike Saunders–the most entertaining teen-pop critic of this decade if not human history, not to mention a Certified Public Accountant, not to mention the former singer of L.A.’s greatest early ‘80s punk band the Angry Samoans–had already purchased his copy of the song on promo cassingle two months earlier.

The album came out in January 1999, and by March (as is clear in this 5,000-word Village Voice diary, edited by yours truly), Metal Mike was predicting a multiplatinum long-haul career consisting of 20% music, 50% TV, “and—God help us all—30% s-e-x.” (“The game is over. Set, point, and match… the CD’ll go 3-4 million easy.”) And though nobody could then have anticipated what Britney would turn into (basically, a one-woman circus, as the title of her sixth album, due a week from today, makes explicit), Mike’s predictive math wasn’t all that far off; honestly, Nate Silver would be proud. When MTV aired its final edition of TRL earlier this month, “Baby One More Time” was named the show’s most influential video ever. (Of especially weird note are Saunders’ observations about Britney’s hardcore Protestant upbringing, “I’m better than you are and you’re boring me” facial smirks, and successful Saturday Night Live debut, all of which eerily anticipate Sarah Palin.)

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noah | October 27, 2008 9:30 am
noah | October 27, 2008 9:30 am

High School Musical 3, the movie, pulled in $42… More »


“High School Musical” Reaches That Awkward Age

noah | October 21, 2008 11:00 am
noah | October 21, 2008 11:00 am

Our look at the closing lines of the biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Disney’s soundtrack for the heartthrob-studded High School Musical 3, which lands in stores today:

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Do iTunes Sales Show “High School Musical” Fans Breaking Free Of The Franchise?

Chris Molanphy | October 15, 2008 10:00 am
Chris Molanphy | October 15, 2008 10:00 am

In the doldrums of January 2006, several weeks after the annual flurry of post-Christmas music-buying, the iTunes Store was livened up by the sudden appearance on its best-sellers list of a bunch of new hit songs.

It’s not unheard of for the industry to drop new songs in the dead of winter by non-blockbuster, developing acts—but these songs were credited to a bunch of kids who’d never had a hit, or even a shred of major-label promotion.

Within a month, eight songs by this gang of toothsome newcomers with names like “Ashley Tisdale” and “Zac Efron” were on the Hot 100, the largest number of simultaneous charting songs from a single album ever. And that album, the soundtrack to the Disney Channel made-for-TV flick High School Musical, went on to become 2006’s top-selling disc.

The feat was almost precisely duplicated 18 months later, when the flick’s much-hyped sequel premiered. The High School Musical 2 soundtrack spawned seven simultaneous Hot 100 hits and was 2007’s best-selling album until a Josh Groban Christmas CD topped it in the last weeks of December.

In both cases, iTunes sales of single tracks served as early indicators: of the soundtrack albums’ blockbuster futures, and the movies’ repeatability and Zeitgeist-defining success. With High School Musical 3 nine days away from its premiere—in movie theaters this time—and the soundtrack album less than a week out, what are the early iTunes indicators telling us?

Call me an old sourpuss, but they’re telling me that, as a musical force at least, this franchise might be spent.

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High School Musical 3: Will It Allow Disney To Get Back In The Music Game?

noah | October 8, 2008 1:00 am
noah | October 8, 2008 1:00 am

In two weeks, the soundtrack to Disney’s High School Musical 3 will land in stores, the final album in the trilogy of records that helped make adults who didn’t have children realize that the Mouse was still a force to be reckoned with in terms of delivering squeaky-clean pop music to the next generation. But will 3 give a boost to the album chart similar to those bestowed upon it by its two predecessors, which sold four million and 3.3 million copies, respectively?

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“High School Musical 3”: A Friendly Warning Of Its Impending Arrival

noah | August 27, 2008 12:00 pm
noah | August 27, 2008 12:00 pm

When I heard that one of the songs on the soundtrack for High School Musical 3, which is bypassing the Disney Channel for a theatrical release this fall, was going to be called “I Want It All,” I was hoping it would be an updated version of the song by the electro-twee act Bis, with maybe a… More »



noah | January 15, 2008 1:15 am
noah | January 15, 2008 1:15 am

High School Musical 3 is bypassing the Disney Channel and going to theaters this October. The film’s plot is centered around “Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) facing the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college,” and… More »


‘High School Musical 3’ Coming to Theaters

noah | January 15, 2008 1:15 am
noah | January 15, 2008 1:15 am

High School Musical 3 is bypassing the Disney Channel and going to theaters this October. The film’s plot is centered around “Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) facing the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college,” and… More »


High School Musical Star Is Deeply Sorry For Inadvertently Providing Planet With Wank Mining Material

jharv | January 3, 2008 3:50 am
jharv | January 3, 2008 3:50 am

hsm2222.jpgOccasionally* Gelfling-esque High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens has mostly suppressed the shame of having naked pictures she snapped for an ex hit the blogs back in September, but the incident has left her with a “valuable lesson,” one that she “tries to impart on other young women.”

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Will The Hollywood Writer’s Strike Deprive Us Of Future Doses Of Disney Tween Pop?

jharv | December 21, 2007 4:45 am
jharv | December 21, 2007 4:45 am

77053746.jpgIf you were a parent, a preteen, or a weirdo hangin’ by the movie fone for the big screen versions of High School Musical and Hannah Montana (and their attendant soundtracks) in 2008, keep waiting, because shoddy shooting scripts coupled with the WGA strike bleeding dry the pool of people who can punch those scripts up have left Disney in the franchise-fracturing position of possibly having to mothball both for the time being, thereby alienating “fickle” grade school fans and/or destroying what’s left of the music (and ice tour!) industry as we know it! Maybe?

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Musical Toothbrush Changing The Way Children Experience Hannah Montana, Having Songs Beamed Into Their Brains

kater | December 7, 2007 12:40 pm
kater | December 7, 2007 12:40 pm

toothtunes.jpgNow that purchasing music directly is out of style, how will the next generation consume their favorite Top 40 hits? And will they be able to do so while maintaining their daily personal hygiene routine? Hasbro’s Tooth Tunes Musical Toothbrush is the only brush that sends music through your teeth…and into your head! Which two-minute song clip would you choose to be sent “through your jawbone to your inner ear?

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