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Spotty Future Doesn't Slow Cheetah Girls

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Monday, December 1, 2008

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These are tough times for the Cheetah Girls. The female pop trio’s third Disney Channel movie, “One World,” which premiered in August, was the lowest-rated of the series — which is based on Deborah Gregory’s young readers books. The companion album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and has sold about 140,000 copies, well below the platinum-plus success of the first two soundtracks and 2007’s “TCG.”

And after some racy personal photographs of the group’s Adrienne Bailon began circulating on the Internet, the group was bounced from a scheduled appearance at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, though the publicly cited reason was “scheduling issues.”

With all of this going on, Sabrina Bryan acknowledges that plans for the Cheetahs’ future are a bit, well, spotty.

“There have been talks about it,” notes Bryan, 24, who feels “One World” was “up against pretty hard competition,” particularly the Summer Olympics. “We hope we get a chance to do another project together. It would be fun to do another movie. But it’s kind of still up in the air. There’s really no direction either way whether it will happen again or not.”

If the Cheetah Girls do go into hibernation, Bryan says the three performers are ready to strike out on their own. They co-wrote several of “One World’s” songs, and Bryan and Kiely Williams have both voiced a desire to record solo albums. Bryan also wrote a novel called “Princess of Gossip” and filmed a second dance and fitness lifestyle video, “Byou 2.”

But, Bryan claims, none of that is a distraction from the Cheetahs’ current One World Tour, which she calls “the most exciting and artistically driven show we’ve ever done.”

“We have a lot of use of the stage, tricked-out production and stuff,” Bryan says. “It’s a mix of all the albums we’ve done. It’s the best show we’ve ever had the opportunity to do.”

The Cheetah Girls and Clique Girlz perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 2) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $45 and $35. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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