It should be an easy transition for the stars of “High School Musical” to go from singing and dancing on the big screen to pop stardom.
Since arriving on the scene a few years back, three of the castmembers have released their own albums and found middling success in the music industry. Although they play seniors in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu all have a case of sophomore-itis when it comes to their music careers.
Tisdale — who released her debut album, Headstrong, back in February — is hard at work on her next LP. “I’m actually recording my second album now,” she told MTV News. “So I’ve just been recording and co-writing. The single should be coming out soon, but I feel it’s pretty much 80 percent done. And, yeah, I’m excited about it. It’s a lot more rock and edgier.”
Hudgens is also embracing the edgier side of pop music. On her album, Identified, which she released this past summer, she hoped to spread her musical wings a bit. “I just released my second album, which was a lot of fun, ’cause I got to play with my sound,” she said. “And it was just interesting to kind of grow up for the second album.”
“I am also working on my second album in the studio,” Bleu revealed. Although he shared little info about the project, he did say he was “writing, working with some good people like Eric Hudson and Brian Kennedy.”
While three of the “HSM” stars are working on and releasing albums, Zac Efron has never pursued music outside of his songs in “HSM” — and with a bunch of movies on his plate , it’s safe to say he might be too busy to hit up the studio anytime soon.
Monique Coleman also has no illusions of musical grandeur. “Oh no, I don’t have any particular singing aspirations,” she said. “It’s exciting to be in this movie, because it has inspired so many kids to get out there and promote music.”
And don’t count out the new kids — one member of the new class, Justin Martin, is already planning his foray into the music industry. “I’m actually working on it right now,” he said of his upcoming album. “So that’d be amazing to have someone like Lil Wayne on it. I’m also working with a couple of different record labels and a lot of different producers. My music is R&B, hip-hop, kind of pop-crossover.”
Check out everything we’ve got on “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.”
For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com.