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Vanessa Hudgens

Hudgens at High School Musical: The Concert.

Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is mostly known for her role as Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series. She pursued a solo music career and released her debut album V on September 26, 2006. The album debuted at number twenty four in the U.S. and was later certified Gold. She reprised her role as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Hudgens had released her sophomore album, Identified in July 1, 2008 in the U.S. She will be portraying the role of Sam in the film Bandslam, this July 31, 2009.

Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, the daughter of Gina (née Guangco) and Greg Hudgens. She has a sister, Stella Teodora Hudgens (born November 13, 1995, San Diego). Hudgens's father is an American of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, who grew up in Manila, is a Filipino-born of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese descent. Hudgens has been home-schooled since after her seventh-grade year at the Orange County High School of the Arts.

Starting at the age of eight, Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, and appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others. Hudgens began performing at an early age, appearing in musicals starting at age eight. She made her feature film debut in Thirteen as Noel and appeared in the 2004 film Thunderbirds as Tintin. In both her first two films Hudgens appeared alongside Brady Corbet. Her appearances include guest roles on Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers García, Drake & Josh and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

Hudgens's breakout role has been starring in the Disney Channel movie series High School Musical, starring as Gabriella Montez. Hudgens and Efron had won "Best Chemistry" award at the Teen Choice Awards for their roles. Her contributions to the High School Musical soundtrack with several songs. Hudgens started concentrating on her music career by signing a record deal with Hollywood Records in 2006 as the start of her solo career, but first covered the song "Colors Of The Wind" for Disneymania 5 album in that same year.

Hudgens' debut album, entitled V, was released in late September 2006. V debuted on the Billboard 200 in early October 2006 at number twenty-four on the chart, with 34,000 copies sold that week. Hudgens described V as a 'wide mix of things.' She was ranked #7 in the Top 10 Pop Music Eye Candy 2006. The first single was "Come Back to Me", while the second and final single was "Say OK". Hudgens promoted the album when opening for The Cheetah Girls during their The Party's Just Begun Tour. V was certified Gold for shipments to retailers of 500,000 copies on February 27, 2007, and was nominated as #7 on "Album of The Year" by Billboard Readers' Choice. Hudgens was named the Female Breakout Singer at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards.

Hudgens launched a tour with the rest of the cast of High School Musical in fall 2006, performing the songs from the soundtrack album as well of the three singles from her debut album. A DVD and an album named High School Musical: The Concert were released in 2007, which includes one song performed live by her. She sang the duet "Still There For Me" with Corbin Bleu for his debut album. Hudgens appeared on the High School Musical 2 soundtrack.

Her sophomore album was Identified and was released on July 1, 2008. On the first week of the release of her album, Identified sold more than 22,000 copies. Though the album had poor sales its first week. The first single from this album, "Sneakernight". Hudgens launched on July 31, 2008 her first solo tour called "Identified Summer Tour" across United States in order to promote her first two albums and the tour also reached Mexico.

On January 11, 2008, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Hudgens would star in the comedy, Bandslam. Hudgens will play 15-year old Sam and the movie is set to premiere on July 31, 2009. Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella for the third time in High School Musical 3: Senior Year and also appeared on the soundtrack of the movie. She also performed at the 81st Academy Awards with Zac Efron and other celebrities. She will be starring in Sucker Punch which will release in 2010.

In 2007, Hudgens signed a promotional deal for the Eckō Red footwear in which she did two commercials for the brand and she also aproved the brazilian collection. Sears has teamed up with Hudgens for a back-to-school marketing campaign that began in July and had the theme, "Don't Just Go Back. Arrive." Hudgens is also currently a Neutrogena spokesperson and she will be featured in both national TV and print campaigns. In September 2008, she performed in the Neutrogena Fresh Faces Concert.

Hudgens confirmed, in an October 2007 interview with Teen magazine, that she was dating her High School Musical series co-star Zac Efron and had been since the filming of High School Musical. In 2007, US Magazine considered her as one of the best-dressed celebrities in US Magazine's Hot Hollywood Party in 2007 .

In 2008, she was ranked as FHM's 62nd Sexiest Woman and Maxim's number 12 in their 100 Hot List. She was included in People's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" list in May 2008. She was the cover girl for several magazines, including CosmoGirl, Lucky .

On December 12, 2008, Hudgens was ranked #20 in the list of Forbes "High Earners Under 30". Hudgens made only $2 million for the film, reportedly due to the photo scandal that hurt her image. She ranked #7 at the ten best dressed list for October 2008. She was ranked #61 in's Top 99 Women of 2009 internet poll. Moreover, she is ranked #10 in Cosmopolitan magazine's Best Dressed Celebs of 2008. In January 2009, Teen Vogue included Hudgens in the list of the January's Ten Best Dressed in the fifth position.

Hudgens was sued by music producer Johnny Vieira, who claims she reneged on a deal to share her earnings with him after he helped make her a star. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Vieira accuses Hudgens and father, Greg Hudgens, of breach of contract and fraud, seeking more than $27 million in damages. According to the suit, they subsequently reached a settlement under which Hudgens agreed to pay Vieira a percentage of her earnings from her first three albums under her solo recording contract with Hollywood Records. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey also ordered the 20-year-old singer/actress to pay Johnny Vieira's attorneys $1,500 in attorneys' fees for having to go to court and get the order.

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V (Vanessa Hudgens album)

V cover

V is the debut album by Vanessa Hudgens, first released on September 26, 2006, via Hollywood Records.Hudgens stated the title of the album stands for Vanessa, but also for variety, because the album is a "mix" of genres and styles. V had sold 570,000 copies in the U.S as of April 2008.

There were different editions issued, each containing thirteen or fourteen tracks with varying bonus tracks. A twelve-track version was then released internationally on November 28, 2006. The CD was then released on January 17, 2007 in Japan (sixteen tracks) and on March 17, 2007 in Australia (twelve tracks). She had covered Whatever Will Be which was originally by Tammin. V debuted on the Billboard 200 in early October 2006 at number twenty-four on the chart, with 34,000 copies sold that week.

Hudgens promoted the album when opening for The Cheetah Girls during their The Party's Just Begun Tour. She had performed Let Go and Never Underestimate a Girl. She also promoted her album in the High School Musical: The Concert tour, performing in different countries and singing three songs from the album. Hudgens performed "Come Back to Me", "Say OK" and "Let's Dance" in the concert. The album was re-released again in a limited Deluxe Edition format, released only in Japan. On February 2, 2007, the album was certified gold for shipments to retailers of 500,000 copies. The album was nominated as #7 on "Album of The Year" by Billboard Readers' Choice.

This is a promotional single by American pop singer, Vanessa Hudgens which was written by Bridget Benenate, Matthew Gerrard and Jonas Jeberg and recorded on Hudgens' debut album, V. It was released on September 25, 2007. "Let's Dance" was used to promote the fifth season of the show in late July. There was a special music video for it which contains a mixture of season 1 footage and Hudgens performing "Let's Dance" on High School Musical: The Concert tour. A Disney star, other tracks from her debut album V have been used as promotional songs in other shows for Disney-owned ABC. The song is also featured in Disney Girlz Rock, Vol. 2.

The album V has been listed for 31 weeks in 4 different charts. Its first appearance was week 41/2006 in the Billboard Albums Top 100 and the last appearance was week 16/2007 in the Billboard Albums Top 100. Its peak position was number 24, on the Billboard Albums Top 100 and it stayed there for 1 week. It stayed longer on the chart than her second album, Identified.

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Gabriella Montez (played by Vanessa Hudgens)

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the third installment in Disney's High School Musical film franchise. Its theatrical release in the United States began on October 24, 2008. Kenny Ortega returned as director and choreographer, as did all six primary actors.

This latest sequel follows high school seniors Troy and Gabriella, who are faced with the ultimate prospect of being separated after graduating from East High. Joined by the rest of their Wildcat friends, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes, and fears about the future.

In spite of receiving mixed reviews, in its first three days of release, High School Musical 3: Senior Year grossed $42 million in North America and an additional $40 million overseas, breaking the record for the largest opening weekend for a musical film.

It's the end of the Wildcats' championship basketball game against the West High Knights, where team captain Troy (Zac Efron) immediately rallies their spirits ("Now Or Never").

With the team’s spirit raised, they win, thanks to the winning shot from their newest team member Jimmie "The Rocket" Zara (Matt Prokop).

Later, at Troy's after-match party at his house, Troy and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) are seen thinking about their future and wishing that their last few months at East High would not end ("Right Here, Right Now").

Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) meets Tiara Gold (Jemma McKenzie-Brown), a British exchange student whom she hires to be her personal assistant.

When drama teacher Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed) notices that there were so few sign-ups for the spring musical, Sharpay suggests she could do a one-woman show. This alarms Kelsi (Olesya Rulin), who is writing the show, so she signs up everyone in the class for it instead. This results in Ms. Darbus announcing they will create a play about their final days at East High. In addition, she reveals that Sharpay, Ryan (Lucas Grabeel), Kelsi, and Troy have all been considered for a scholarship at Juilliard, but only one of them is to be chosen. Sharpay becomes desperate to win the scholarship, and knowing that Kelsi will give the best songs to Troy and Gabriella in the musical, she gets Ryan to try to persuade Kelsi to give them a song, by predicting her (and Ryan's) future ("I Want It All").

The next day, Gabriella and Troy meet on the rooftop and she teaches him how to waltz ("Can I Have This Dance").

Chad (Corbin Bleu) then asks Taylor (Monique Coleman) to go to prom with him. She initially refuses due to his lack of enthusiasm, but later agrees when Chad proves he can put in some effort and asks again in front of everyone in the school.

The group rehearses for the musical, a scene about their prom night ("A Night To Remember").

Ryan walks in on Kelsi composing ("Just Wanna Be With You") in the music room, and performs it with her, and then he asks her to prom halfway through.

While Troy and Chad reminisce about their past ("The Boys Are Back"), Sharpay and Tiara discover that Gabriella has a chance to go to college early. Sharpay later convinces Troy that he is the only thing keeping Gabriella from her dream, ("Right Here, Right Now (Reprise)").

Troy talks to Gabriella about this over pizza, and after sharing an awkward goodnight, Gabriella ("Walk Away")leaves for college the next day.

Troy's dad, Jack (Bart Johnson), talks to him about his academic future. Troy becomes angry, confused, and runs away, storming around East High confused ("Scream") until he finally screams at the top of his lungs in the theatre. Ms. Darbus has been there all this time watching and reveals that she sent in his application for Juilliard, as she knew how comfortable he was on stage and how much he liked it. Troy takes no offense and thinks about the advice given to him. Troy later gets a call from Gabriella saying she will not return to Albuquerque, as she is too used to being away. However, on the night of prom, Troy visits Gabriella at Stanford and convinces her to return, as everyone is not the same without her, ("Can I Have This Dance (Reprise)").

Back at East High, Jimmie receives a text from Troy to tell him to cover for him onstage because he is going to be late. The Juilliard representatives are there, and watch as the show seems to go well, ("Senior Year Spring Musical").

During the opening number, Kelsi and Ryan debut. While during the second number, Chad, Jason (Ryne Sanborn), Zeke (Chris Warren Jr.) and Martha (Kaycee Stroh) debut, Ryan does his number with the many chorus girls; Jimmie then performs with Sharpay, and embarrassed her. Troy and Gabriella appear during the second half of the show and sing their duet together. Tiara then betrays Sharpay and tells her how she is going to take over next year in the drama department. Sharpay finally learns how it feels to be humiliated, but does not wish to go down. While Tiara performs, Sharpay immediately crashes her performance and shows her up.

Ms. Darbus reveals that both Kelsi and Ryan have won the Juilliard scholarship ("We're All in This Together (Graduation Mix)").

Taylor will go to Yale University; Sharpay will go to University of Albuquerque along with that she will also assist Ms. Darbus in running the drama department in the fall. Troy decides to go to the University of California, Berkeley, where he can play basketball, study drama, and be close to Gabriella. After learning about Troy's decision, Chad runs offstage and into the school gym. There he and Troy work things out and learn that their college's basketball teams will play each other the upcoming fall. Chad is attending the University of Albuquerque.

At the graduation ceremony, Troy gives the class speech. Throwing their caps in the air, the graduates form a giant wildcat before breaking out into song and dance ("High School Musical").

The six stars walk down the field where a curtain closes off the graduation ceremony and turns into a stage. The six stars do their signature jump and then the camera does a close up of each actor. They take their final bow as the curtain closes. The end credits are in the style of a high school yearbook.

Filming began on May 3, 2008. The 41 days scheduled for shooting was a longer period than for the first two films.

Stan Carrizosa, the winner of ABC's summer reality show, High School Musical: Get in the Picture appears in a music video "Just Getting Started" that is shown over the end credits of the theatrical release of the film. The show's other 11 finalists were featured in the music video as well.

Before filming began, the HSM3 board and cast held a press conference at East High School announcing the start of filming. The movie would be released in theaters (in the United States) on October 24, 2008, though the movie was to open in several countries including Great Britain at least one week earlier. The film had a $13.3 million dollar budget and a 40-day shooting period. This film was said at the time to be the final installment with the current cast.

As of March 14, 2009, High School Musical 3: Senior Year has a fresh rating of 66% at Rotten Tomatoes, who gave it a golden tomato for best musical film of 2008, and has been generally well received. The Telegraph praises the changes brought about by the higher budget of a theatrical release: "High School Musical 3 uses its bigger budget to inject colour, scale, and visual depth. The opening basketball game alone is dizzying as the camera swoops high and wide, before a winning point makes the crowd erupt".

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram stated that the latest installment was "critic-proof" and "everything fans could hope for and more." They go on to say that "the kids finally look like true performers rather than Disney Channel mainstays desperately trying to remain relevant, and they deserve the lucrative careers that lie ahead" and gave the film a rating of four out of five stars.

The film opened at #1 with a domestic opening weekend of $42,030,184 from 5,900 screens across 3,623 theaters, for a $11,601 per theater average and a $7,124 per screen average, and breaking the record, previously held by Mamma Mia! The Movie, for the biggest opening ever for a movie musical. The film also opened at #1 overseas, with an international opening of $40,000,000. As of February 8, 2009, High School Musical 3: Senior Year made $90.5 million in domestic and $160.2 million in other territories leading up for a total of $250.9 million worldwide.

On November 7, 2008, High School Musical 3: Senior Year: The Sing-Along Edition with lyrics highlighted on the screen was released in selected theaters.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released in Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on February 17, 2009, in Region 2 DVD on February 16, 2009 and in Region 3 DVD on February 24, 2009. The DVD was released in single- and two-disc editions. In Region 2 the 1-Disc edition DVD featured most of the 2-Disc edition bonus features such as Bloopers, Deleted Scenes, Extended version of the Movie, Sing along and cast goodbyes. In Region 3, only the 1-Disc edition DVD released with all of the 2-Disc bonus features as well the extended edition of the movie. Region 4 DVD release (Australia) is slated for 8 April 2009.

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (soundtrack)

High School Musical 3: Senior Year cover

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the soundtrack album for the Walt Disney Pictures film of the same name. It was released on October 21, 2008 in the United States.

The album sold 297,000 copies in the first week of sales on United States, debuting at #2 on Billboard 200, losing the top to AC/DC's Black Ice. The album sold over 1.3 million copies in the U.S. and 2,365,000 copies worldwide. In Australia, the soundtrack was accredited Gold on November 6th (within the first week of its release), and was certified Platinum on December 2nd - before the film even opened in cinemas across Australia. In Brazil, the album sold more than 60,000 in pre-orders alone and was certified Platinum before the official release.

A two-disc Premiere Edition version of the soundtrack was released on the same day as the standard version. The two-disc soundtrack features the original soundtrack and a DVD with video bonus features. The Premiere Edition was released in a digipak format in selected countries. On October 15th, 2008, the 12-track digital version was officially sold on in Hong Kong. On October 18, 2008, Radio Disney hosted the Planet Premiere of the original soundtrack and played it on the air in its entirety.

The Karaoke High School Musical 3 Senior Year CD will be out February 17th 2009 like the DVD and Sing it Game.

The genius of the "High School Musical" machine becomes more apparent in its third installment—the first for the big screen. As seniors Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) and Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) graduate from fictitious East High, they also leave the franchise and attempt to repackage themselves as mainstream pop stars with wider demographic appeal. Meanwhile, new faces like British exchange student Tiara (Jemma McKenzie-Brown) start to sing and dance their way into the hearts of the faithful. The infinitely refreshable series has its musical formula down: Take "Rent"-style modern Broadway, add a kid-friendly dance beat with allusions to current pop, remove all hints of angst or lust. The result is another utopian vision of American teens, made for preteens. But the cast attacks the material with such sell-it-to-the-back-row spunk that anyone who likes a good show can't help but get a kick out of it.

Lost in the shuffle of the ever-growing High School Musical phenomenon -- growing so big, it can no longer be contained on the Disney Channel, it's now reaching theaters for its third and final installment -- is that the tween-sensation is actually a musical. Which means that despite its pop trappings, the soundtracks consist of full-blown show tunes, songs that serve the story and are sung by the rotating cast. This helps make the movies work, but it sentences the soundtracks to be mere souvenirs of the event, a record for fans to play endlessly, not a means to crossover to a wider pop audience. On HSM3, there are only two songs that stand out as potential pop singles, both not so coincidentally solo showcases for the franchise's two biggest stars, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron. Hudgens has the album's best song in the slickly soulful "Walk Away" -- a tune that would have shown up Wilson Phillips circa 1990 -- that she sings better than Efron, whose "Scream" struts like *NSYNC circa 2000. But both are upstaged by stage brat Ashley Tisdale, who shows far more on-record charisma on her fame-hungry showcase "I Want It All," a song that has absolutely no chance of making sense outside of the senior skip-day plot line of High School Musical 3, but Tisdale performs with ingratiating vigor, using every chop she's learned as a stage kid. Of course, those very strengths are well-suited for a musical like High School Musical 3, where the songs are vehicles for showboating performances either on the screen or in a fan's bedroom -- and for those fans, this set, which is similar in every way to its two predecessors, will not disappoint.

On iTunes UK a new version of the soundtrack featuring remixes was released to co-incide with the films DVD release.

Multiple singles were released prior the release of the soundtrack album, with the song being released on digital stores and the music video being played on Disney Channel.

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Zac Efron

Zachary David Alexander "Zac" Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. Speaking to Newsweek in June 2006, director Adam Shankman described Efron as "arguably the biggest teen star in America right now." In 2007, right before the release of High School Musical 2, Rolling Stone declared him the "poster boy for tweenyboppers" and featured him in their late August issue.

Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. His father, David Efron, is an engineer at a power plant, and his mother, Starla Baskett, is a former secretary who worked at the same power plant as Efron's father. Efron had a self-described "normal childhood" in a middle class family, and has a younger brother, Dylan. Efron is of Jewish ancestry and is an agnostic, having never been religious. He has said that he would "flip out" if he got a B and not an A in school, and that he was a "class clown". Efron's father encouraged him to begin acting when Efron was eleven. He subsequently appeared in theater productions at his high school, worked in a theater called The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, and began taking singing lessons. Efron performed in plays such as Gypsy, Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Music Man. Efron was recommended to an agent in Los Angeles by his drama teacher, Robyn Metchik (the mother of actors Aaron Michael Metchik and Asher Metchik). He was later signed to the Creative Artists Agency.

Efron graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006, and was then accepted into the University of Southern California, but he deferred his enrollment while he worked on film projects. He plans to return at some time. Efron also attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a community college located in Santa Maria, California, which provided him with the opportunity to perform as a "young player" during the years of 2000 and 2001.

In 2002, Efron began to appear in guest roles on several television series, including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. He portrayed Cameron Bale on the now-cancelled WB series Summerland. Originally introduced as a recurring character, Efron became a regular cast member on the show in the second season in 2004, starring opposite the likes of Kay Panabaker, Lori Loughlin and Jesse McCartney. Since appearing in Summerland, he has also had guest roles on the shows CSI: Miami, NCIS (TV series), The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Replacements. In 2003, Efron starred in the Lifetime original television movie Miracle Run. He played Steven Morgan, one of two autistic twins. For his performance, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special — Supporting Young Actor. In 2005, he played a main character in Hope Partlow's music video for her song "Sick Inside." Also in 2005, he played horse-loving Patrick McCardle in The Derby Stallion, where his character wants to beat the town bully at the steeple chase race.

In 2006, Efron starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical as Troy Bolton, the popular student and captain of the basketball team. The film, which he initially made with "low expectations", helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences as both an actor and a singer. As a result, he placed as high as #4 on the IMDBPro's STARMeter for the week of January 29, 2006. In August 2006, Efron won a Teen Choice Award in the Breakout Star and the TV — Choice Chemistry categories, shared with Vanessa Hudgens. The film's cast, along with Efron, toured Sydney, Australia, London, England, and other locations to promote the film.

Shortly after High School Musical aired, Efron debuted with two simultaneous charted songs on Billboard Hot 100 on February 4, 2006, with "Get'cha Head in the Game" and "Breaking Free", a duet with Vanessa Hudgens from the film. On the following week's chart, Efron had five simultaneous song credits from High School Musical: "Get'cha Head in the Game", "Start of Something New", "What I've Been Looking For: Reprise", "We're All in This Together" and "Breaking Free." "We're All in This Together" was credited to the whole High School Musical cast. "Breaking Free", at the time, made the fastest climb in the history of the Billboard charts, from #86 to #4 between the two weeks; the record was beaten by Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar". Efron also appeared in the 2006 Disney Channel Games as captain of the Red Team.

Efron's singing talents were disputed when it was revealed that Andrew Seeley's voice was blended with his on the soundtrack of High School Musical. An August 23, 2007 interview in Rolling Stone magazine revealed that he had been cast in High School Musical after the songs were written, and the songs (written for a tenor) were somewhat out of his baritone vocal range. However, Efron stated in interviews that he felt his future is that of a serious dramatic actor, not necessarily a singer.

On April 7, 2007, Efron appeared in an episode of Punk'd. Efron also starred in the music video for Vanessa Hudgens's single "Say OK", where he played her love interest. The video aired on March 16, 2007 on Disney Channel. That year, he was named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2007. A picture and short profile of him was in the section "Coming of Age". In it, he related how he was always the shortest kid in school (he is now 5'8") and was teased for the "huge gap" in his teeth.

In 2006, Efron was cast as Link Larkin in a film version of Hairspray released on July 20, 2007. Efron performed all of his own vocals in the role, which was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, from September 5 to December 2, 2006. He cut and dyed his hair dark brown and gained about 15 pounds for the role. Both Efron's performance and the film have received positive reviews. Because of this, he was not able to perform with his fellow castmates in High School Musical: The Concert. Drew Seeley took over for him.

High School Musical 2 was released in August 2007, and Efron topped IMDBPro's Star Meter at #1, indicating that he was the most searched celebrity. Additionally, Lycos reported searches for Efron surged by 81%. The film set a new record, becoming the most watched basic cable program in U.S. history, with 17.2 million viewers. Efron also appeared on the cover of the August 2007 edition of Rolling Stone. The article about him revealed that he hoped to someday play an action hero.

Efron presented the 2007 Teen Choice Award for "Favorite Movie" along with Queen Latifah, and later that year, he co-hosted the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards with The Veronicas on October 10 in Sydney.

Efron reprised his role as Troy in High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which was theatrically released on October 24, 2008. His next role will be in 17 Again, a high school-set comedy-drama produced by Adam Shankman and based on a pitch by Jason Filardi; the plot involves an adult who is transformed into a 17-year old (to be played by Efron). 17 Again will be released in 2009.

In early 2008, Efron was cast as the lead role in the film Me and Orson Welles. Based on Robert Kaplow's novel of the same name, the story, set in 1937 New York, tells of a teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar, where he becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant. The film was shot in the Isle of Man, London and New York, during February — April 2008. It is currently set for release in 2009 and was introduced to North America via the Toronto Film Festival on September 5, 6, and 11, 2008.

Efron was also scheduled to star in Paramount's musical remake of the film Footloose, and has said that he would like to add his "own little bit of flair" to the role originated by Kevin Bacon. In March 2009 he dropped out of the film.

Efron owns an apartment and has two dogs, Australian shepherds named Dreamer and Puppy. He also has a Siamese cat named Simon.

On January 15, 2008, Efron was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for an emergency appendectomy.

Efron was also on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2008, as number 92 with an estimated earning of $5.8 million from June of '07 to June of '08.

Vanessa Hudgens confirmed, in an October 2007 interview with Teen Magazine, that she and Efron had been dating since the filming of High School Musical. They were still dating as of June 25, 2008.

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The Cheetah Girls tours


In the winter of 2005, The Cheetah Girls went on tour to support their album, Cheetah-licious Christmas. Aly & AJ went along with them, as the opening act, to support their own album Into the Rush, although the Jonas Brothers performed as surprise guests opening for both The Cheetah Girls and Aly & AJ for a total of 10 shows of the tour, promoting It's About Time, their first album. The holiday theme of the concert included giant presents (in which the Cheetah Girls performed in), Winter clothes, and even a tropical theme for their song "Christmas in California", which included surf boards with the girls' names on them. The Cheetah Girls also sang songs from the first Cheetah Girls soundtrack, their song I Won't Say I'm In Love (from DisneyMania 3), and their version of Shake a Tailfeather (from the Chicken Little soundtrack).

In July 2006, The girls stated to Disney 365, a brief Disney Channel So Hot Summer news program, that they would be hitting the road again in September 2006, however they didn't state whether or not Raven-Symoné would be joining them. However, in a later interview they confirmed that Raven would not be going with them. An ad inside of the Cheetah Girls 2 soundtrack confirmed the name of the tour to be The Party's Just Begun Tour. The concert was released to a live CD and DVD combo on July 10, 2007. The tour was choreographed by Lena Blake, as well as one of their dancers, Christopher De La Cruz.

The opening acts for the tour were Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana) for the first 20 dates, Vanessa Hudgens for the next 20 dates, and Everlife for the last 40 dates. Jordan Pruitt was also a special guest on the tour for the first 40 cities. The preteen group T-Squad was also a special guest for 5 of the 58 dates. The concert tour was a successful one, selling out every date. For the tour's finale the group performed in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas with Miley Cyrus as their opening act. Within 3 minutes, the concert had already sold 80,000 tickets.

The Cheetah Girls performed songs from all of the albums that they have contributed to including: The Chicken Little soundtrack, and all Disneymania CDs. They also performed, Falling For You, Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Cheetah-licious" all new songs that were recorded for their new album TCG, which was released on September 25, 2007. The song Cheetah-licious Christmas was sung only during the holiday season. These songs, however, were not included on the new album, however Falling For You was including on their live album.

For the storyline of this concert, Dr. Coolcatz (played by Mitchel Musso) sends The Cheetah Girls on a mission to figure out and obtain the three key ingredients for "Growl Power". The three ingredients are: dreams, love, and friendship. They must find the 3 ingredients while singing and dancing and putting on a show for their fans.

The Cheetah Girls: One World Tour is produced by AEG Live. AEG Live created a website for the tour at . A fansite has also been created dedicated to promoting The Cheetah Girls: One World Tour and other events.

The concert consists of a trip by plane around the world. Each part of the concert "honor" one country, like France, Japan, South America and The USA.

The tour is said to be in support of The Cheetah Girls: One World movie and soundtrack.

In Late-September/Early-October 2008, The Cheetah Girls spent a week in Corpus Christi, Texas at the American Bank Center Arena putting their show together and premiering it on October 4, 2008 in a dress rehearsal show. Tickets benefited CCISD (Corpus Christi Independent School District). Tickets were $22 each regardless of which area of the arena that you sat in.

The Clique Girlz were announced as the opening act for the tour according to Interscope records and their official website.

A few dates on the tour have been canceled, no official statement released, but due to unforeseen circumstances is the case. The dates canceled are October 14th in Memphis TN, October 30th in Charlotte NC, November 25th in Rochester NY, and November 30th in Indianapolis IN.

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Vanessa Hudgens discography

This is a list of albums and singles released by american actress and pop singer Vanessa Hudgens, signed in a record deal with the label Hollywood Records. Hudgens has released two studio albums V (2006), and Identified (2008).

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Identified cover

Identified is the second studio album by Vanessa Hudgens, was released via Hollywood Records July 1, 2008 in the U.S., June 24, 2008 in Japan, February 13, 2009 in most European countries and February 16, 2009 in the United Kingdom.The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. One single has been released to date called "Sneakernight".

Identified debuted at #23 on the Billboard 200 charts with a sales of 22,000 copies sold in its first week, 12,000 more than her first album, V. Identified spent a total of 8 weeks in the Billboard 200. As of September 6, 2008 the album dropped out.

Identified Summer Tour is Vanessa Hudgens' first ever tour as a solo performer inorder to promote her first album, V and her latest one, Identified. She had Corbin Bleu, Jordan Pruitt, Drew Seeley and Mandy Moore as her opening acts in her tour. The tour had 19 shows at State Fairs.

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