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While most 18-year-olds are only just starting to figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives, Corbin Bleu is years ahead of them-16 years to be exact. Most people immediately link Corbin's name to High School Musical (and an awesome head of hair) but the young actor has already been around the Hollywood block more than once. The Brooklyn-born Corbin started his career when he was a toddler. In his freshman year of high school, Corbin landed a starring role in the Fox feature film Catch that Kid. A year later he was cast in the Discovery Kids Television series Flight 29 Down. Then, in 2005, he won the role of a lifetime as Chad in Disney's phenomenon, High School Musical, which broke numerous records (7.7 million viewers tuned in to watch its debut! Despite his busy acting schedule, Corbin found time to record his first solo album last fall. The album, Another Side, is an "R&B pop album," he explains, and will "show another side of me, singing in many genres." He even co-wrote five of the songs-something he never imagined he could do. "I've always dabbled with songwriting on my piano, but I was never serious about it," he says. "I am just so excited to be doing this-this will be the first time people will hear just my voice!"
When it comes to being a skinny, big-smiling teen-ager who can whip pop music fans into a frenzy with a mere toss of his excellent curls, let's face it: Corbin Bleu has competition. If Bleu is not the only TV-launched singer to revitalize both leave-in conditioner sales and puppy love in 2007, though, he is the only one with a shot at being taken seriously by critics. Another Side, his first album post-High School Musical and Jump In!, the Disney Channel movies that made a household name out of him (at least in households inhabited by 8- to 15-year-olds), is pretty much what you'd expect--a high-energy hybrid of pop, R&B, and hip-hop. Consider "Push It to the Limit," the song that propelled the Jump In! soundtrack and closes this disc, an on-ramp to the bubbly Bleu sound. Don't discount what separates him from the pack of post-Disney Channel singers wishing upon stars for pop-chart domination, though. His vocals, a pleasing mash of Michael Jackson and Jesse McCartney, make him a contender for a long-term career in music. --Tammy La Gorce
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2) stop feat j-king 10/10- i like the lyrics and the song. it have that smooth pop and rnb sound to it.
3) roll with me 10/10- i like the lyrics and the song. it have a good melody
4) I get lonely 10/10- i like the lyrics and the song. neyo wrote this song he did a good job. it does remind me of a neyo song.
5) We come to party 10/10- i like the lyrics and song. this a party anthem this song remind me of justin or chris brown or usher song.
6) Mixed up 10/10- i like the lyrics and the song. corbin bleu have good rapping skills this song remind me chris brown type of song.
7) still there for me feat vanessa hudgens 10/10- i like the lyrics and the song. all ages can relate to the song.
8) marchin 10/10- i like the song and the lyrics. this song remind me of justin and usher or jc chasez song.
9) never met a girl like you 10/10- i like the song and the lyrics. this song have pop and rnb with some jazz elements. i like how he mixed jazzed music to it.
10) homework feat j-king 10/10-i like the song and the lyrics- i like the melodies
11) push to the limit 10/10- my fave song on the album thats from the jump in soundtrack it has pop rnb hip hop elements to it