Friday, January 20, 2006

High School Musical premiered on TV

High School Musical

Various Artists

Released: January 10, 2006

Charted: March 11, 2006

Peak: 12 US, 1 UK, 13 AU

Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, 1.2 UK, 9.44 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop


Song Title (Performers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to charts.

  1. Start of Something New (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens) [3:17] (2/11/06, 28 US)
  2. Get’cha Head in the Game (Zac Efron) [2:26] (2/4/06, 23 US)
  3. What I’ve Been Looking For (Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel) [2:04] (2/11/06, 35 US)
  4. What I’ve Been Looking For (Reprise) (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens) [1:20] (2/11/06, 67 US)
  5. Stick to the Status Quo (Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Chris Warren Jr., Kaycee Stroh, Dutch Whitlock) [4:28] (2/11/06, 43 US)
  6. When There Was Me and You (Vanessa Hudgens) [3:00]
  7. Bop to the Top (Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel) [1:47] (2/11/06, 62 US)
  8. Breaking Free (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens) [3:27] (2/4/06, 4 US, 9 UK)
  9. We’re All in This Together (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman) [3:51] (2/11/06, 34 US, 40 UK)
  10. I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel) [2:51]
  11. Get’cha Head in the Game (B5) [2:43]
  12. Start of Something New (instrumental) [3:16]
  13. Breaking Free (instrumental) [3:27]


3.739 out of 5.00 (average of 21 ratings)


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About the Album:

Disney “struck platinum with High School Musical, a made-for-cable movie that was mega-popular on the Disney Channel before spawning a mega-popular soundtrack. Echoing Grease, the plot involves two students” EV who meet at a New Year’s Eve party while their families are on vacation at a ski lodge over winter break. “During a karaoke contest at the teen party, they discover their love for singing... and an interest in each other.” AZ However, Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) is a “shy transfer student who excels in math and science” WK1 and Troy (Zac Efron) is the captain of the basketball team. When they discover they go to the same high school, they try out for the lead parts in the high school musical “and challenge the status quo of their cliques in the process” AMG as they “resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to ‘stick to the status quo’.” WK1

“The movie’s soundtrack isn’t exactly challenging;” AMG “the songs are typical Disney pop: on the bland side but also very well-crafted.” EV “It does feature a pretty engaging mix of music and empowering messages, most of which can be found in earnest ballads such as Start of Something New, When There Was Me and You, and Breaking Free. Meanwhile, We’re All in This Together sets lyrics like ‘Everyone is special in their own way/ We make each other strong’ to music inspired by ‘Hollaback Girl’s marching-band/cheerleader motif.” AMG

“Among the standouts are Get’cha Head in the Game, which incorporates” EV “an urban pop melody” AMG with “noises from a basketball game (squeaking sneakers, bouncing balls, whistles) to great effect.” EV There’s also “the fab tribute to 1970s piano-pop What I’ve Been Looking ForEV which “flirts with satire” AMG because its “melody is so bright and the vocals so relentlessly cheery, it sounds like a parody of a show tune.” AMG It is “sung by the theater kids who are threatened by these upstarts from other cliques invading their territory.” AMG Similarly, the “big chorus” AMG on “the old-school show-tuney Stick to the Status QuoEV “urges everyone to just ‘go with the flow’.” AMG

“The music falters” EV when it “comes closer to sounding like the usual teen pop product issued by Disney, especially on I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You and the Latin-flavored Bop to the Top.” AMG “Still, the album has enough personality to set it apart from the status quo of the studio’s other releases” AMG and can “get kids to bounce and sing along nicely.” EV

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