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Meet The Cast: Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds

MILEY CYRUS

When the Disney Channel Original Series “Hannah Montana” burst onto the scene in early 2006, tweens around the world instantly fell in love with Miley Stewart, the typical teenage girl with a secret life as international pop star Hannah Montana.

What series star Miley Cyrus never imagined was that, in one whirlwind year, her real life would imitate art as she shot to superstardom not only as an actress but also as a multiplatinum-selling pop star with the hottest concert ticket this past fall.

Born November 23, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee, Miley grew up watching her father— country music superstar and actor Billy Ray Cyrus—perform and soon caught the acting bug herself. After gaining experience as an extra in her father’s television projects, Miley first acted opposite him in a recurring role on his television series “Doc.”

With that role under her belt, the young actress went on to appear in the Tim Burton film “Big Fish.”

When Miley first auditioned for the role of Hannah Montana, she was considered too young for the part, but her thousand-watt smile and bigger-than-life singing voice had caught Disney Channel’s attention.

“At first they thought I was too small, and I was just a little string bean at the time,” shares Miley, “but I’d always wanted to be able to sing and act, so I knew I couldn’t give up.” A couple of years later, Miley won the part she had worked so hard for, and her ascent to stardom started with a bang as the first season of “Hannah Montana” garnered some of the highest ratings ever for a Disney Channel Original Series.

In November 2006, the first “Hannah Montana” soundtrack was released on Walt Disney Records, featuring eight songs performed by Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana and Miley’s first duet with her father. The album rocketed to the top of the charts and became the first- ever TV soundtrack to debut at number one on the Billboard Top 200.

The “Hannah Montana” soundtrack finished the year as the number eight best-selling album of 2006 across all genres (Nielsen SoundScan) and certified double platinum less than two months after its release. Even with the unquestionable success of her Disney Channel series and album, the newly minted pop superstar was hungry for a fresh challenge—and a way to meet her incredible fans in person! In the fall of 2006, Miley (performing as Hannah Montana) rocked sold-out venues across the country in her first 22-city tour.

Miley, again performing as Hannah, also set a new attendance record at Houston’s Reliant Stadium where she headlined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The March 2007 event garnered an audience of more than 73,200 people. On the “Hannah Montana 2” album, the first disc on the “Hannah Montana/Meet Miley Cyrus” two-disc set released last spring, the 15-year-old pop sensation performs ten original songs as her onscreen alter ego. The album continues the original soundtrack’s positive messages with get-up-and-dance tracks like “Life’s What You Make It,” “Make Some Noise” and “Nobody’s Perfect.”

Hannah Montana’s continuing adventures in maintaining her secret identity are also captured in such playful, sassy songs as “Rockstar” and “Old Blue Jeans,” which she also performed on her recent tour. Cyrus co-wrote eight of the ten tracks on the “Meet Miley Cyrus” album, collaborating with the songwriting team of Antonina Armato and Tim James (Mariah Carey) on four songs and such hit-makers as Matthew Wilder (No Doubt, Kelly Clarkson), Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera, Keith Urban), and the team of Scott Cutler and Anne Preven (Dreamgirls soundtrack, Natalie Imbuglia). With the “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds” tour, Miley shows the world that her breakout year was anything but a fluke and that both the fictional Hannah Montana and the very real Miley Cyrus have bright futures waiting ahead.

JONAS BROTHERS

Miley Cyrus’opening act on the “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds” tour features Hollywood Records’platinum-selling phenomenon Jonas Brothers, whose high- energy pop-punk music overflows with insanely catchy hooks, muscular guitar fuzz and mature songwriting that reveals a talent well beyond their young ages.

Hailing from Wyckoff, New Jersey, 15-year-old Nick, 18-year-old Joe and 20-year-old Kevin released “Jonas Brothers” in August of 2007. The brothers say their songwriting reveals a lifetime of influences—everything from My Chemical Romance to the Backstreet Boys to Stevie Wonder.

Still, what you really hear in their sound is three young musicians finding their own voices—their own distinctive blend of Nick’s way with an R&B vocal, Joe’s love of danceable beats and Kevin’s obsession with guitar solos. Hollywood Records, which signed Jonas Brothers last year, released the self-titled album “Jonas Brothers,” which climbed to number five on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in its first week of release. Disney has signed the brothers to a concert special, a movie, “Camp Rock,” and a fictional television series titled “J.O.N.A.S.” (Junior Operatives Networking as Spies), which will make its debut on the Disney Channel in 2008.

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Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus [ENHANCED] [SOUNDTRACK]

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• Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
• Original Release Date: June 26, 2007
• Number of Discs: 2
• Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
• Label: Disney

Tweens aren't often heralded for their good judgment and excellent taste (Heelys--hello), but if any young starlet can redeem them, it's Hannah Montana. On this, the second soundtrack from the Disney Channel series, Miley Cyrus takes her cues from her TV alter ego, who has an alter ego of her own. --Tammy La Gorce, Amazon

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