[pop] "This is the start of something new," Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens sing in the Disney movie High School Musical. Efron plays football hero Troy, while Hudgens is the shy and schoolboy Gabriella, and together the unusual duo challenges twins Ryan and Sharpay Evans about the lead roles in the school's prestigious musical. The feud not only puts East High School in Albuequerque on its head, but also the American film and pop industry.
With 1,2 million DVDs sold in six days, High School Musical became the fastest-selling TV movie of all time (the two will come this summer), and after a slow start, the film music topped the Billboard charts, and has so far sold around four million copies in the United States. The actors were sent on tour, where both Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale (who plays Sharpay Evans) got to launch their solo careers. The Disney group has clawed its way into the children's pop market, and does not intend to let go.
The ties between Disney and the pop industry are not new, with pop classics such as "When You Wish Upon a Star", "Heigh Ho" and "Hakuna Matata" on the record. Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera all have backgrounds from the television program Mickey Mouse Club, but Disney has now become better at shoeing the boundaries between children. . .
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