Sales of Walt Disney Records’ release, through EMI Music, of the High School Musical 3: Senior Year Official Soundtrack on October 20th have already gone Platinum in the first week, making it the fastest selling soundtrack in the UK since the official sales chart began in 1994.
In 2006 and 2007, High School Musical 1 and 2 OSTs were officially the biggest selling albums in the world, selling over 14 million units each. In the UK, sales reached over 2 million in total, and in 2008, records look set to be beaten again as the first week of sales of High School Musical 3 already doubles those of the to-date most successful High School Musical 2.
The High School Musical phenomenon leapt onto the big screen for the first time, as High School Musical 3: Senior Year officially opened in the cinemas on 22 October, and is similarly breaking all cinematic records. It took £2.5 million in pre-orders in the UK alone before opening and has since taken £8.3 million in the box office opening weekend
America’s favourite high school students (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman) hit Senior Year. Amidst a basketball championship, prom and a big spring musical featuring all of the Wildcats, Troy and Gabriella vow to make every moment last as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question. A crew of Sophomore Wildcats (Matt Prokop, Justin Martin and Britain’s own Jemma McKenzie-Brown) join in the fun as the film’s incredible new music and exciting dance numbers take maximum advantage of the big screen.
For the first time, a CD and music DVD special edition were released simultaneously with the standard edition. The special edition offers the standard OST CD plus an additional DVD disc containing over 35 minutes of exclusive behind the scenes content. The UK version of the album contains a bonus track The Boys Are Back (US5 version).