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Cheetah Girls latest roar from Disney

Oct. 12, 2006 at 9:30 AM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The Disney Channel's formula for cranking out musical groups continues as the Cheetah Girls is taking the U.S. teen scene by storm.

Disney has been successful in creating pop stars who are slightly edgy yet wholesome, The Los Angeles Times said Thursday.

The soundtrack to "The Cheetah Girls 2," a made-for-TV movie on the Disney Channel, debuted in the Top 10 on the U.S. pop charts this summer, the Times said. This comes after last year's runaway album "High School Musical," based on another Disney TV movie of the same name.

And Disney officials said they expect the soundtrack to the TV show "Hannah Montana" to debut near the top of the pop charts after its Oct. 24 release, the Times said.

When performing, the multicultural Cheetah Girls, based on author Deborah Gregory's series written for young girls, carry the messages of self-esteem, perseverance and celebrating diversity, the Times said.

People shouldn't be surprised at Disney's musical track record, the Times said. Mouse-ear-wearing alumni include Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Hilary Duff. And of course, Annette Funicello.

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