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Corbin Bleu Reivers (born February 21, 1989), better known as Corbin Bleu, is an Americanmarker actor, model, dancer, and singer. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the High School Musical film series, the Discovery Kids television series Flight 29 Down, and the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In!. He also pursued a solo career and released his debut album Another Side on May 1, 2007. The album debuted at number thirty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week. Bleu released his second album, Speed of Light, on March 10, 2009 in the U.S.

Early life and background

Corbin He also continued dancing, eventually becoming one of the first students at the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy, then attended as a theater major, this time following in his mother's footsteps who attended New York Citymarker's famed High School of Performing Arts, Bleu followed in his father's footsteps and began appearing in television commercials at the age two, for products such as Life cereal, Bounty, Hasbro, and Nabisco, It was at that time he also discovered his love for dance when he began taking jazz and ballet classes, usually the only boy in the class, By the age of four he was a model with the Ford Modeling Agency in New Yorkmarker, He appeared in print ads for stores such as Macy's, Gap , Target , and Toys R Us, and fashion spreads in Child, Parent, and American Baby magazines, as well as having his image on toys and game packaging, At age six Corbin appeared in his first professional theater production off Broadwaymarker playing an abandon homeless mute in the play "Tiny Tim is Dead", as of March 2006, he was part of the first-ever group of Star Power ambassadors, who were led by their "fairy Godmother" Jamie Lee Curtis, He is a frequent volunteer worker, volunteering for charities such as "The Starlight children's foundations", "The Make-A-Wish foundation" and "St Jude's children's research hospital", While shooting High School Musical in 2006, he taught his co-star Chris Warren, Jr. every song and dance routine from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Has been a stage performer since he was six years old. His stage mentor was Debbie Allen, On his debut album, "Another Side ", he wrote/co-wrote five of the album's twelve songs. He also wrote two more songs that appear as bonus tracks on the European version. One of those tracks was titled "Shake It Off", it was an ode to the musician Prince, Is a talented impressionist, For his most recent films each role has required him to master sporting skills, High School Musical - basketball and baseball, Jump In! - boxing and double-dutch and Free Style - motocross, Since participating in those movies, he has adapted to a skill from each and practises it in his time off or for fitness: basketball, boxing and motocross, s the National Spokesperson for the Starlight Starbright charity foundation, His favourite Broadway musicals are "Avenue Q" and "Spring Awakening", He can do hilarious impressions of the characters from Avenue Q, his favourite being "Trekkie Monster", a parody of Seasume Streets "Cookie Monster", He is also great friends with cast of "Spring Awakening" and has appeared in the episode "Notsey" of their YouTube series, The first song he ever recorded professionally was titled "Circles" or "Circles In My Mind' for his then TV show Flight 29 Down', When executives from several record companies heard the song, they became eager to sign him to a contract, He later signed with Hollywood Records and has since released two albums, "Another Side " (2007) and "Speed of Light " (2009).

Acting career

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In 1996, his family relocated to Los Angelesmarker and he soon gained a recurring role on the TV series High Incident and a guest star appearance on ER. Bleu also had roles in 1998's Malcolm & Eddie, as Matthew, and Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family, as Nick Elderby, in 2000. He also had small roles in films like Soldier with Kurt Russell, Family Tree, Mystery Men with Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, and Greg Kinnear, Galaxy Quest with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman, and Amanda Show with Amanda Bynes and Drake Bell, Corbin also continued dancing, eventually becoming one of the first students at the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Eventually, he landed a lead role in the While in his freshman year Corbin was cast in his first lead role in the feature film 2004 film, Catch That Kid alongside actors Kristen Stewart and Max Thieriot, He next starred Back in school in his sophomore year he played the lead role of Ren in the musical "Footloose" and the role of Sonny in the musical "Grease", That same year Corbin was honored with the award of Theatre Student of the Year. In the summer of 2004 Corbin became a part of the ensemble cast for the new Discovery Kids television series Flight 29 Down as Nathan McHugh, a drama series about a group of teens stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash filmed on location in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, He also has a small role as Spencer on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, his first appearance being in the episode entitled Guide to: The School Play, In 2006, Bleu played "Chad" in High School Musical, the immensely popular Emmy award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie, and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as himself in 2007, He also guest starred in the premiere episode of Disney's Hannah Montana as Johnny Collins alongside actresses Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment, Bleu's next film, Jump In! co-starring actress and R&B vocalist Keke Palmer, as well as Bleu's father David Reivers, premiered on January 12, 2007, and has since become one of the highest rated Disney Channel Original Movies, and The Tyra Banks Show Himself in 2008 .

Bleu and Entertainment Tonight Himself in 2009, In fall 2009, he landed a lead role in the Bleu appeared 2009 film, Free Style as Cale Bryant, in 2009 The CW Television Network's new show The Beautiful Life: TBL, alongside actresses Sara Paxton and Mischa Barton, The show was canceled after two episodes, and VH1 Divas, Presenters in 2009 .

Music

2006-2007: Another Side

Bleu has also pursued a singing career, signing a deal with Hollywood Records, a Disney owned label. His debut album, Another Side, was released in May 2007. The album debuted at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, selling 18,000 in its first week. Corbin worked with hit-maker Ne-Yo on "I Get Lonely," and other performers such as Matthew Gerrard, Eric Hudson and more. A music video for his first single "Push It to the Limit" premiered on the Disney Channel, and was used to promote Jump In! a Disney Channel Original Movie in which Bleu starred. "Push It to the Limit" reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #15. Bleu toured with fellow HSM cast members from late November 2006 to late January 2007 in High School Musical: The Concert, performing in about 40 different cities. To promote his debut album, Bleu performed at the NextFest tour, along with Aly & AJ, Drake Bell, and Bianca Ryan.

2008-present: Speed of Light

In a recent interview Billboard, Bleu stated that he has begun working on his follow-up album. Bleu told Billboard, "There will be a lot of differences with the second album. First of all, it's just more personal. I'm involved in every aspect of the writing. As far as the direction of the music, it's very different. I wanted this album to have something that was a little bit of rock, a little bit of R&B and a little bit of pop." Producer Eric Hudson is attached to the majority of the project, along with songwriter/lyricist Claude Kelly. Bleu performed unreleased tracks like "Close", "Whatever It Takes", and "Champion" on a summer concert tour with singer/actor Justin Stein. The tracks are set to be in the album. Speed of Light was due out on March 10, 2009 via Hollywood Records. The album failed to debut on Billboard Top 200 album charts. According to sources, the album sold less than 4,000 in its first week, despite promotion from MySpace.com. The album spawned singles "Celebrate You" and "Moments That Matter," which was released with a music video.

Personal Quotes

I'm a very outgoing person, I'm always happy, I'm one of those people who are always smiling, If somebody described me to somebody else, they'd say the kid with the curly hair with the big smile on his face, I get along with everybody, I mean, to see somebody else when they put so much work into whatever they do... that inspires me. My dad, he does that very much so, An actor that I really look up to is Johnny Depp, The amount of work that he puts into his stuff, he is such an amazing actor I think!, we've been having a lot of fun, and it's always great to be back with these guys! I'm a very social person and all of us got close on set! - On the High School Musical cast & tour, You name a show business faux pas and it has happened to me - from pants with the zipper down on the red carpet to having hair that looked like I put my finger in a light socket. It's kinda like that naturally so when it gets freaky looking, it gets really freaky!, [On career choices] When you're a kid you have grand ideas to become a lot of different things. I wanted to be a marine biologist. I wanted to be a plastic surgeon. Eventually it came down to two directions - a pediatrician or an actor, [On finishing shooting the last scene of 'High School Musical 3: Senior Year'] To maintain our manhood we didn't cry in front of everybody. We waited until we got back to the makeup trailer and then let loose, Just six of us were there - and, of course, we just broke down.

Personal life

Corbin Bleu was born in Brooklynmarker, New York Citymarker, the son of Martha and David Reivers. His mother is Italian-American and his father Jamaican-American, was one of the first students accepted into the Prestigious Debbie Allen dance academy, He has three sisters: Jag, Phoenix, and Hunter Reivers (youngest to oldest). As a child, Bleu studied dance for several years, focusing on ballet and jazz, Bleu graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts .

Filmography

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Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996 High Incident N/A Recurring role
1996 ER Little boy one episode
1998 Malcolm & Eddie Matthew one episode
2000 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Nick Elderby one episode
2001-2002 Amanda Show Russel Carter two episode
2005—2007 Flight 29 Down Nathan McHugh Lead Role
2006—2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Spencer Two episodes
2006—2008 Hannah Montana Johnny Collins Two episodes
2008 Jonas Brothers: Living The Dream Himself One episode
2008 The Tyra Banks Show Himself One episode
2009 Phineas and Ferb Coltrane Two episodes
2009 The Beautiful Life: TBL Issac Main Cast Member


Films



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Soldier Johnny appearance
Beach Movie Kid
1999 Family Tree Ricky Main Role
Mystery Men Butch appearance
Galaxy Quest Young Tommy
2004 Catch That Kid Austin Main Role
2006 The Secret of the Magic Gourd Voice
High School Musical Chad Danforth made for television (Disney Channel)
2007 Flight 29 Down Nathan McHugh made for television (Showcase)
Jump In! Isadore "Izzy" Daniels made for television (Disney Channel)
High School Musical 2 Chad Danforth made for television (Disney Channel)
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Chad Danforth First HSM to be in theatres
2009 Free Style Cale Bryant Main Role


Guest Appearances

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Year Title Role Notes
2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Himself 1 episode
2009 VH1 Divas Himself TV documentary
2006 Dancing with the Stars Himself - Presenter Reality-TV
2006 2006 American Music Awards Himself Presenter
2006 Disney Channel Games Himself Bleu Team
2007 Disney Channel Games Himself Bleu Team
2007 High School Musical: The Concert Himself made for television (Disney Channel)
2007 Kristi Yamaguchi Friends & Family Himself Documentary
2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group Himself (TV)
2008 Good Morning America Himself (TV)
2006 New Year Sing-A-Long Bowl-A-Thon! Himself - host (TV)
2008 MTV Video Music Awards 2008 Himself Presenter
2008 2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live Himself Presenter
2008 American Music Awards of 2008 Himself Presenter
2009 The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Himself Presenter
2008 Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future Himself Presenter
2008 2008 American Music Awards Himself
2009 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2009 Himself Presenter
2008 Teen Choice Award Himself Presenter
2008 2008 American Music Awards Himself Presenter


Discography

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High School Musical Soundtracks

Album Information
High School Musical Soundtrack
  • Released: January 10, 2006 (U.S.)
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Peak U.S. Billboard: #1
  • U.S. sales: 4,010,086 (as of July 2007
  • RIAA certification: 4x Platinum
  • Songs feat. Corbin Bleu:
    • 2006: "What I've Been Looking For"
    • 2006: "Stick to the Status Quo"
    • 2006: "Bop to the Top"
    • 2006: "We're All in This Together"
    • 2006: "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"
High School Musical 2 Soundtrack
  • Released: August 17, 2007 (U.S.)
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Peak U.S. Billboard: #1
  • U.S. Sales: 3,183,774 (as of August 2007)
  • RIAA certification: 3x Platinum
  • Songs feat. Corbin Bleu:
    • 2007: "What Time Is It?"
    • 2007: "I Don't Dance"
    • 2007: "Fabulous (High School Musical song)|Fabulous"
    • 2007: "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a"
    • 2007: "All for One"
    • 2007: "Everyday"
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Released: October 21, 2008
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Peak U.S. Billboard: #2
  • U.S. Sales:1,338,960
  • RIAA certification:Platinum
  • Songs feat. Corbin Bleu:
    • 2008: "I Want It All (High School Musical song)|I Want It All"
    • 2008: "Just Wanna Be With You"
    • 2008: "A Night To Remember"
    • 2008: "The Boys Are Back"
    • 2008: "Senior Year Spring Musical"
    • 2008: "We're All In This Together (Graduation Mix)"
    • 2008: "High School Musical"


Studio albums

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Year Album Billboard 200 Certifications
(sales threshold)
2007 Another Side 36
  • US sales: 142,000+
  • US: TBD
2009 Speed of Light -


Singles

Year Song U.S. Hot U.S. Pop Album
2006 "Push It to the Limit" 14 17 Another Side
2007 "Deal With It" 112 87
2008 "Run It Back Again" 113 94 Radio Disney Jams 10
2009 "Moments That Matter" Speed of Light
2009 "Celebrate You"


Featured singles

Year Song U.S. Hot U.S. Pop Soundtrack
2007 "I Don't Dance" (with Lucas Grabeel) 70 50 High School Musical 2 Soundtrack
2008 "The Boys Are Back" (with Zac Efron) 101 High School Musical 3: Senior Year


Compilation albums



Awards and nominations

  • 2007 - Image Awards: Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program .
  • 2009 - Teen Choice Awards: Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance .
  • 2009 - Young Artist Awards: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actor .


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