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Kelly Clarkson to Perform Medley of Hit Songs and Receive ‘Icon’ Award at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards

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GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Kelly Clarkson is scheduled to perform a medley of her hit songs at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music’s biggest event for families, airing SATURDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel as well as multiple Disney-branded platforms, including Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app and Disney.com/RDMA.

Clarkson will also receive the RDMA “Icon” Award, which recognizes a distinguished artist whose career transcends popular culture and whose music is beloved by generations of Radio Disney fans. The award will honor the iconic singer and songwriter for her illustrious career and the influence she has had on the music industry.

Clarkson first skyrocketed to fame after winning the inaugural season of “American Idol” in 2002. From her debut single, “A Moment Like This,” to her recently released eighth studio album, “Meaning of Life,” the multiplatinum artist has dominated the Radio Disney charts, with multiple No. 1 songs. Her current singles, “Heat” and “Love So Soft,” have spent a combined 19 weeks on the Radio Disney Top 30 chart.

Presenters scheduled to hand out the coveted ARDY trophies at this year’s show include stars of Disney Channel’s hit series “Andi Mack,” Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph of Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” Hollywood Records recording artist Sabrina Carpenter, Radio Disney’s “NBT” (Next Big Thing) JAGMAC, and the winners of ABC’s “Boy Band” and Hollywood Records group In Real Life.

The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards will take place FRIDAY, JUNE 22, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, California. Clarkson joins the lineup of previously announced performers: Carrie Underwood with Ludacris, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Marshmello, Echosmith and “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe.

Information on the Radio Disney Music Awards is available at www.Disney.com/RDMA.

Premiere Date Announced for Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Freaky Friday’

Cozi Zuehlsdorff (“Dolphin Tale”) and Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid” and “Something Rotten!” on Broadway, and the stage production of “Freaky Friday”) star in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Freaky Friday,” a music-driven, body-swap comedy about a mother and daughter who, strangely, spend a day in each other’s shoes. It premieres FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 (8:00-9:45 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel and will be available earlier (12:01 a.m. PDT) on DisneyNOW (to verified users) and (12:01 a.m. EDT/PDT) on Disney Channel VOD.

Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channel, said, “This movie is a creative collaboration with our Theatrical colleagues who developed an original stage musical from a beloved story. Now we’ve added a fresh twist by adapting it again into a movie for kids and families – with Broadway talent on and off camera – that has the potential to be a classic ‘DCOM’ for years to come.”

Tom Kitt wrote the music and Brian Yorkey penned the lyrics for “Freaky Friday.” The Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning pair also collaborated on “If, Then” and “Next to Normal,” as well as the stage version of “Freaky Friday.” Eight songs from the stage production and two new songs, including one co-written by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, are performed in a theatrical pop-rock style by the cast.

The script, written by Bridget Carpenter (“11.22.63,” “Friday Night Lights,”), is based on her Disney Theatrical Production stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers. The movie is directed by Steve Carr (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Daddy Daycare”) and executive produced by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions (“The Lion King”, “Aladdin” and “Frozen” on Broadway), Carr and Susan Cartsonis (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,” “What Women Want”).

Blickenstaff is Katherine Blake, a busy mother and a perfectionist who runs her own catering company and struggles to understand her teenage daughter, who has a mind of her own. While refereeing endless bickering between Ellie and her younger brother Fletcher, Katherine is carefully planning every single detail of her impending wedding to her fiancé and calming influence, Mike.

Zuehlsdorff plays Katherine’s 16-year-old daughter Ellie who’s attempting to assert her independence from the mother who she perceives wants her to be perfect, nothing like who Ellie wants to be. She’s also struggling to accept her father’s death five years ago and the fact that her mom is now getting remarried. As a result, Ellie’s school attendance and grades are suffering.

A confrontation rises when Katherine won’t allow Ellie to join “The Hunt,” an epic all-night scavenger quest organized by her crush Adam. Upon wishing the other would change their ways, mother and daughter magically swap bodies through the magical power of an hourglass that Ellie received from her father – a treasured gift which is then accidentally shattered. Now, they must hunt down the matching hourglass that Katherine’s late husband gave her in order to swap bodies back to their true selves. First, the two must spend the day literally in each other’s shoes, because Ellie needs to get to school or she’ll face suspension and Katherine has an important magazine interview, to promote her catering business, and her engagement party, which can’t be missed.

Also starring in “Freaky Friday” are Ricky He as Ellie’s friend Adam, Alex Désert (“Let it Shine”) as Mike and Disney Channel star Jason Maybaum (“Raven’s Home”) as Fletcher. Kahyun Kim (“Austin & Ally”) plays Torrey, Katherine’s high-strung business associate; Dara Reneé is Ellie’s mean girl classmate, Savannah; Jennifer Laporte and Isaiah Lehtinen are Ellie’s best friends Monica and Karl, respectively; and Sarah Willey (also known as Marlowe Percival) plays Savannah’s friend Kitty.

The movie’s musical highlights include “Just One Day,” a duet by Katherine and Ellie that reveals the distance they feel between each other; “I Got This,” when Katherine and Ellie start their crazy day in each other’s shoes; “Oh Biology,” a song about the changes experienced by adolescents; “Go!,” a fun and fast-moving ensemble number that unfolds during the exciting competition of “The Hunt”; and “At Last It’s Me,” an original pop song performed by Zuehlsdorff.

Tony nominee John Carrafa’s (“Into the Woods,” “Urinetown”) spirited and creative choreography incorporates everyday action and movement, turning ordinary moments into realistic “motion of life” musical sequences.

Emmy® nominee David Lawrence (“Descendants,” “High School Musical”) composed the score. Perry Andelin Blake (“Middle School – the Worst Years of My Life,” “The Wedding Singer”) is the production designer. Academy Award® winner Angus Strathie (“Moulin Rouge!,” “Deadpool”) is the costume designer.

The “Freaky Friday” soundtrack, from Walt Disney Records, will be available in physical and digital formats on August 10. The soundtrack is now available for pre-order: http://disneymusic.co/FreakyFridayCD.


‘Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,’ a New Chapter of Disney Channel’s ‘Tangled: The Series’ Premieres June 24

Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the Emmy® Award-nominated animated adventure comedy “Tangled: The Series,” which will premiere its second season with the new title “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” SUNDAY, JUNE 24 (8:00 a.m., EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD. The series’ talented voice cast; including Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi as the beloved Rapunzel and Eugene, as well as Eden Espinosa, James Monroe-Iglehart and Jeremy Jordan as fan-favorites Cassandra, Lance and Varian; are set to return. The series features music by Academy Award®-winning Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.

In its debut season, Disney Channel’s “Tangled: The Series” was the #1 animated series on cable among Girls 9-14 and reached 40 million Total Viewers, including 8.3 million Kids 6-11 and 7.2 million Tweens 9-14. Season two finds Rapunzel venturing outside of the kingdom in search of where the mystical black rocks lead, after discovering she is somehow connected to them. Accompanying Rapunzel on her journey is her partner in life, Eugene; her best friend and confidante, Cassandra; her loyal chameleon sidekick, Pascal; no-nonsense and dutiful horse, Maximus; Eugene’s best friend, Lance and the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs. Together, they’ll discover new people and places and embark on an incredible new adventure far beyond Corona’s walls.

The guest voice cast for season two includes Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) as the mystical traveler Madame Canardist; Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”) as a fast-talking host named Goodberry; Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”) as Eugene’s old love interest Stalyan; Bruce Campbell (“Cars 2”) as the bizarrely charming King Edmund; Britt Robertson (ABC’s “For the People”) as the whip-smart no nonsense teenager Vex; Timothy Dalton (“License to Kill”) as inventor and adventurer Demanitus; Katy Mixon (ABC’s “American Housewife”) as the stunningly beautiful Seraphina; and Kathy Najimy (“Hocus Pocus”) as a sprightly and strange resident of the magical forest.

Brand extensions for the series include toys, role-play products and more from Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. New products, including a brand-new line of back-to-school items, will be available at Disney Stores beginning June 11.

Produced by Disney Television Animation, “Tangled: The Series” was developed by animation veterans Chris Sonnenburg and Shane Prigmore. Sonnenburg serves as executive producer and supervising director; Benjamin Balistreri is co-executive producer; Jase Ricci is story editor and co-producer; and Alan Bodner is art director. Celebrated artist Claire Keane, who painted Rapunzel’s tower murals in the feature film, is the series’ visual development artist. Emmy Award-winning Kevin Kliesch serves as score composer.


VIDEO: Big Hero 6 The Series Trailer

Big Hero 6 The Series will premiere with two back-to-back episodes on both Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, at 9 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel

Pop Superstar Meghan Trainor to Perform on The 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards

GRAMMY®-winning pop superstar and twelve-time Radio Disney Music Award (RDMA) nominee Meghan Trainor is scheduled to perform a special medley at the 2018 RDMA, music’s biggest event for families, presented on SATURDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00 p.m., EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel as well as multiple Disney-branded platforms, including Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app and Disney.com/RDMA. This year, Trainor is nominated in three RDMA categories: “The One – Best Artist,” “#SquadGoals – Fiercest Fans” and “So Happy – Best Song that Makes You Smile” for her single, “No Excuses.” Trainor joins the RDMA line-up of previously announced performers Charlie Puth and “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe.

­Trainor burst onto the music scene in 2014 with her hit single “All About That Bass,” which was nominated for “The Bestest – Song of the Year” at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards and spent 28 weeks on the Radio Disney Top 30. In 2016, Trainor won the GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist and the ARDY for “So Happy – Best Song That Makes You Smile” for her single “Better When I’m Dancing,” which spent 16 weeks on the Radio Disney Top 30. A multi-platinum and diamond-certified recording artist, her music dominates the Radio Disney charts, with her most recent single, “No Excuses,” from her upcoming album, reaching No. 1 and spending 10 weeks on the Radio Disney Top 30. Trainor is also a talented songwriter; writing hits for Radio Disney fan favorites Sabrina Carpenter, Fifth Harmony and Lauren Alaina, among others. Trainor recently released two new singles from her upcoming third studio album, “Let You Be Right” and “Can’t Dance.”

Fans can vote for the artists that they want to take home an “ARDY” across six voting platforms: Disney.com/RDMA, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app, Google Search Voting and Radio Disney’s Facebook and Twitter.

The winners will be announced FRIDAY, JUNE 22, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, California. A special telecast of the sixth annual show, “2018 Radio Disney Music Awards,” will be presented on SATURDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00 p.m., EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel as well as multiple Disney-branded platforms, including Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app and Disney.com/RDMA.

The 2018 RDMA is sponsored by new and returning clients from the automotive, toy, food and entertainment categories, including Aquabeads®, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Goldfish® crackers, KRAFT® Macaroni and Cheese Shapes, Nintendo’s Mario Tennis Aces video game on the Nintendo Switch system and The Walt Disney Studios. Den of Thieves, the production company that has delivered some of the biggest moments in live event television, returns for the fourth consecutive year to produce the 2018 RDMA.

Information on the Radio Disney Music Awards, voting procedures and official rules are available at www.Disney.com/RDMA.