The Cheetah Girls are an American girl group created by The Walt Disney Company, and made famous by the successful eponymous Disney Channel original film and its sequels, The Cheetah Girls 2 and The Cheetah Girls: One World.
The group has released three studio albums, Cheetah-licious Christmas, In Concert: The Party's Just Begun Tour and TCG and several successful RIAA certified Platinum albums including, The Cheetah Girls , The Cheetah Girls 2 and The Cheetah Girls One World. All of their albums and soundtracks have debuted in the Billboard 200. Their first album sold over 2 million copies. The group has launched a clothing line, several perfume collections, doll lines, room decor, a book series and a successful video games line. The group has had two successful nationwide tours, Cheetah-licious Christmas Tour and The Party's Just Begun Tour. The Cheetah Girls grossed over USD $26 million from touring, and their merchandise has grossed over USD $17 million in revenue. The group has won seven Radio Disney awards and one 'Communications Award'.
The Cheetah Girls' television movie, based on a bestselling series of young adult books of the same name by Deborah Gregory, was debuted on August 15, 2003. The film won several awards including Black Reel awards, an Image Award. The movie's DVD sold over 800,000 copies. The film received over 84 million viewers worldwide and remained a hit in the ratings for months afterwards. The Cheetah Girls were also supposed to be a TV series for ABC in their 2004-2005 season. The show was to begin production in early 2004, according to an article on the MTV news site, but according to another article on MTV News website in February 2004, it said The Cheetah Girls sitcom had been delayed, due to the success of That's So Raven. Therefore, Raven would not be able to do the series. Although a pilot was shot in late 2003, ABC decided not to pick up the series.
In early 2005, Disney decided to turn the girls into a recording act outside of the movies. However, due to her busy schedule as well as already being signed to the label as a solo act, Raven Symoné decided not be a part of the actual group, leaving the trio of just Bailon, Bryan and Williams. In January 2005, the girls recorded for the first time as a trio and recording act for the 2005 DisneyMania soundtrack, remaking the song I Won't Say (I'm in Love) from the Hercules soundtrack.
The girls released their first recording in October, 2005 under Walt Disney Records, Cheetah-licious Christmas, the holiday album included classic Christmas songs, as well as several original songs, one of which was co-written by all three girls. The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The lead single, "Cheetah-licious Christmas", was rotated on Radio Disney and a music video for the song was shown on Disney Channel. A second single from the album, "Five More Days 'Til Christmas" was released as a Radio Disney-only single. The girls went on tour to support the album that fall. Along with Aly & AJ as the opening act, the tour was successful.
The Cheetah Girls began work on their debut album in January 2006. However, when filming and recording for The Cheetah Girls 2 came up, the album was put on hold. "We'll be making a real album, not a soundtrack", Adrienne Bailon says. "Some of the music on there will be produced by will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas", she says. "It's important for people to see us as a real musical group. We have all this great marketing around us, with the movies and other things. But we are a musical group."
In an interview with Billboard about the postponed album, Sabrina Bryan stated that the girls worked on writing for the album on their Party's Just Begun tour and that they hoped to gather an audience of older fans while simultaneously staying true to their younger fan base.. Bryan also stated that the girls would work with producers they've worked with in the past as well as exploring new producers, such as Timbaland.
The track So Bring It On was released as the album's first single. Fuego was released as the second single from the album. The Girls recorded their own version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas for the holiday compilation album, Disney Channel Holiday, which was released on October 16, 2007.
The girls began filming their third Cheetah Girls movie, entitled The Cheetah Girls: One World, in January 2008. It is the only movie to not feature Raven-Symone and premiered on August 22 with its soundtrack released on August 19.
Outside of the group, the girls are also pursuing solo projects. Bailon is currently recording a solo album, Bryan released a book titled Princess of Gossip in 2008, had a small supporting role in the straight-to-dvd film Mostly Ghostly and has filmed another fitness DVD called Byou 2, while Williams had a role in the 2008 film The House Bunny.
Recently both Williams and Bailon announced that they are both in the process of recording solo albums. Bryan wrote a book called Princess of Gossip
|2003||The Cheetah Girls||The Cheetah Girls Raven-Symoné as Galleria Garibaldi, Adrienne Bailon as Chanel Simmons, Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda Thomas and Kiely Williams as Aquanetta Walker]||Filmed in Toronto, Canada and Manhattan, New York, Starred Raven-Symoné as Galleria Garibaldi.|
|2006||The Cheetah Girls 2||The Cheetah Girls [Raven-Symoné as Galleria Garibaldi, Adrienne Bailon as Chanel Simmons, Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda Thomas and Kiely Williams as Aquanetta Walker]||Filmed in Barcelona, Spain, Starred Raven-Symoné as Galleria Garibaldi.|
|2008||The Cheetah Girls: One World||The Cheetah Girls [Adrienne Bailon as Chanel Simmons, Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda Thomas and Kiely Williams as Aquanetta Walker]||Filmed in Udaipur, India. Did Not star Raven-Symoné.|
|2005||The 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade||Themselves||Performed their song Five More Days 'Til Christmas|
|The Walt Disney World 2005 Christmas Day Parade||Themselves||Performed their song Cheetah-licous Christmas|
|2006||The 2006 Teen Choice Awards||Themselves||Presented an award to Fall Out Boy|
|Arthur Ashe Kids' Day||Themselves||Performed Cheetah Sisters chorus acappella then The Party's Just Begun|
|Good Day L.A.||Themselves||Guests, one episodes, talked via satellite|
|Good Morning America||Themselves||Guests, one episode, performed The Party's Just Begun with Raven-Symoné|
|Live with Regis and Kelly||Themselves||Guests, only one episode, performed The Party's Just Begun|
|The Cheetah Girls: In Concert||Themselves||Special concert performed at Disney's California Adventure.|
|Martha||Themselves||Guests, only one episode, performed The Party's Just Begun|
|The View||Themselves||Guests, only one episode, performed Strut|
|The 2006 American Music Awards||Themselves||Presented an award to Nickelback|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Themselves||Guests, only one episode, performed Step Up|
|The Today Show||Themselves||Guests, only one episode|
|2007||Blue Peter||Themselves||Guests, only one episode, performed The Party's Just Begun|
|GMTV||Themselves||Guests, only one episode, performed So Bring It On|
|Disney Channel Games 2007||Themselves||Adrienne on the red team, Sabrina on the yellow team, and Kiely on the blue team.|
|The Cheetah Girls Chit Chat||Themselves||Small clips shown on the Disney Channel in which they talk about their music, fans and what they get up to backstage.|
|Good Day L.A.||Themselves||Guests, one episode.|
|Good Morning America||Themselves||Guests, one episodes, performed Fuego|
|The Early Show||Themselves||Guests, one episode, performed Fuego and Break Out This Box|
|KTLA Morning Show||Themselves||Guests, one episode|
|Kristi Yamaguchi Friends & Family||Themselves||Performed Fuego,Step Up, Homesick and So Bring It On.|
|A Hollywood Christmas Celebration||Themselves||Performed Break Out This Box and Cheetah-licious Christmas.|
|2008||Extra||Themselves||Guests, one episode.|
|American Idol||Themselves||Guests, seen in audience.|
|Road to The Cheetah Girls: One World||Themselves||Interstitials on the Disney Channel's Made In India event showing a behind-the-scenes look at the third movie.|
|Wal-Mart Soundcheck||Themselves||Guests, one internet episode, performed Strut, One World, Cheetah Love, Break Out This Box and Dance Me If You Can.|
|Disney Channel Games 2008||Themselves||Adrienne member of red team, Sabrina member of yellow team and Kiely the captain of blue team. Will be taking part and performing One World, Dance Me If You Can and Cheetah Love.|
|The Teen Choice Awards 2008||Themselves||TV Special, presented Red Carpet Icon award.|
|The Suite Life of Zack and Cody||Themselves||Guest stars, one episode - Doin' Time in Suite 2330.|
|The Cheetah Girls One World: Playback||Themselves||Interstitials on the Disney Channel promoting the soundtrack for the film.|
|CW 11 Morning News||Themselves||Guests, one episode.|
|Mi TRL||Themselves||Guests, one episode.|
|Good Morning America||Themselves||Guests, one episode, performed Dance Me If You Can and One World.|
|TRL||Themselves||Guests, one episode.|
|2008 ALMA Awards||Themselves||Performed One World.|
|Studio DC: Almost Live!||Themselves||TV Special, second edition.|
|2009||VH1 Valentine's Day Awards||Themselves||Performed Amigas Cheetahs, Strut, One World, The Party's Just Begun, Cinderella.|
- Main article: The Cheetah Girls discography
There are Cheetah Girl based clothing lines, toys, and video games. The clothing line was made available in Sears stores, and its launch was the most successful in Sears history.
The Cheetah Girls also have a doll line, released in 2007, inspired by the Disney Channel Original Movies. There are several versions of the dolls and the four members. The dolls are currently available at Sears stores nationwide and several other retailers.
For further information see: The Cheetah Girls (book series)
The Disney Channel Original Movies, and the concert DVD, are released with The Cheetah Girls 2 Special Edition Soundtrack. A 20 minute highlights DVD of the Girls' The Party's Just Begun Tour was released on July 10, 2007 along with a live audio CD of the tour. The furst DVD released has sold over 800,000 copies. The Cheetah Girls have also released a Calirfornia Adventures DVD and two compilation DVDs, DisneyMania 3 In Concert and Radio Disney's Totally 15th Birthday.
In 2006, The Cheetah Girls released a toothbrush modeled after them. The toothbrush features a picture of The Cheetah Girls and plays a clip of their single Shake A Tail Feather. It was one of the most popular toothbrushes for girls between ages 3-9 in 2006, only being beaten out by the spinning, singing Barbie toothbrushes.
In the winter of 2005, The Cheetah Girls went on tour to support their Christmas album Cheetah-licious Christmas. Aly & AJ went along with them, as the opening act, to support their own album Into the Rush, although the Jonas Brothers preformed as surprise guests opening for both The Cheetah Girls and Aly & AJ for a total of 10 shows of the tour, promoting It's About Time, their first album. The holiday theme of the concert included giant presents (in which the Cheetah Girls performed in), Winter clothes, and even a tropical theme for their song "Christmas in California", which included surf boards with the girls' names on them. The Cheetah Girls also sang songs from the first Cheetah Girls soundtrack, their song I Won't Say I'm In Love (from DisneyMania 3), and their version of Shake a Tailfeather (from the Chicken Little soundtrack).
In July 2006, The girls stated to Disney 365, a brief Disney Channel So Hot Summer news program, that they would be hitting the road again in September 2006, however they didn't state whether or not Raven-Symoné would be joining them. However, in a later interview they confirmed that Raven would not be going with them. An ad inside of the Cheetah Girls 2 soundtrack confirmed the name of the tour to be The Party's Just Begun Tour. The concert was released to a live CD and DVD combo on July 10, 2007. The opening acts for the tour were Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana) for the first 20 dates, Vanessa Hudgens for the next 20 dates, and Everlife for the last 40 dates. Jordan Pruitt was also a special guest on the tour for the first 40 cities. The preteen group T-Squad was also a special guest for 5 of the 58 dates. The concert tour was a successful one, selling out every date. For the tour's finale the group performed in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas with Miley Cyrus as their opening act. Within 3 minutes, the concert had already sold 80,000 tickets.
The girls announced their third tour in the summer of 2008. The tour, entitled the One World Tour began in October, 2008 and is in support of the trio's third soundtrack from their Disney Channel film The Cheetah Girls: One World. Bailon stated in an interview that it was likely that this tour would travel to various other countries as well as the United States. Corbin Bleu was originally announced as the opening act for the tour but due to his busy schedule could not continue with the duties. The Clique Girlz were announced as the official opening act for the tour just days before it began.
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