BURBANK, Calif. — There’s magic in the air as Walt Disney Records is set to release the new CD, Wizards of Waverly Place. Inspired by the Emmy-nominated hit Disney Channel series starring Selena Gomez, as well as the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name, the Wizards of Waverly Place album features brand new songs and interpretations of classic tracks from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, each one about magic. The CD arrives in stores August 4, while “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” premieres on Disney Channel August 28.
With the show recently ranked as the No. 1 TV series for kids, anticipation for the “Wizards of Waverly Place” film and soundtrack is running high. The CD includes several new songs performed by series star Selena Gomez, including “Disappear,” the rock ballad “Magical,” the show’s theme song “Everything is Not as it Seems” and a new version of Pilot’s 1975 Top 10 Hit “Magic.” The CD features exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with Selena, plus her all-new music video.
Also included, are British rocker Steve Rushton (“G-Force,” “Hannah Montana The Movie”) with his version of the 1976 ELO classic, “Strange Magic”; Honor Society with an edgy update of the Cars’ 1984 hit, “Magic”; “Hannah Montana” co-star Mitchel Musso with a faithful rendition of “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by the Police; all-girl rock band sensation KSM performing the 1968 Top 10 smash from Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride”; Meaghan Martin covering Olivia Newton-John’s #1 1980 hit “Magic”; “You Can Do Magic” by Drew Seeley; Raven-Symoné’s straight-up R&B track, “Some Call it Magic”; and a favorite from Aly & AJ, their 2006 hit version of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Do You Believe in Magic.”
“Magic” by Selena Gomez, “Magic Carpet Ride” from KSM, and “Magic” by Honor Society are featured in “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” an adventure comedy complete with more than 350 special effects, premiering Friday, August 28 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) as part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.
The Emmy-nominated “Wizards of Waverly Place” premiered in 2007, and has since become a global TV phenomenon. The show follows the Russos, a New York family that includes Alex (Selena Gomez), her brothers and parents. The three kids are wizards, able to perform amazing feats of magic, though they aren’t supposed to do so without parental permission. Of course, that usually doesn’t stop Alex. “Wizards of Waverly Place” ranks as TV’s #1 scripted program among the targeted kid demographics in second quarter 2009. It registered all-time series highs in Total Viewers (6.0 million) on June 26, 2009.
1. Disappear Selena Gomez
2. Magical Selena Gomez
3. Magic (Pilot) Selena Gomez
4. Strange Magic Steve Rushton
5. Magic (The Cars) Honor Society
6. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic Mitchel Musso
7. Magic Carpet Ride KSM
8. Magic (Xanadu) Meaghan Martin
9. You Can Do Magic Drew Seeley
10. Some Call It Magic Raven-Symoné
11. Do You Believe in Magic Aly & AJ
12. Everything Is Not As It Seems Selena Gomez
The Wizards of Waverly Place CD will be available on August 4, 2009 wherever music is sold. All Walt Disney Records audio products can also be ordered by visiting DisneyRecords.com.