The success of the first film led to Hudgens's acquiring a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V (2006) and Identified (2008).In addition to High School Musical, Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel.The premiere was seen by a total of over 17.2 million viewers in the U.
The world premiere of the opening number "What Time Is It" was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007, While critics enjoyed the film, they noted that the timing of the movie's premiere seemed odd, premiering just when school was about to start up again, while the movie's plot involved the gang going on summer vacation.
High School Musical 2 won the "So Hot Right Now" award at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2007, in which High School Musical castmate Zac Efron hosted with The Veronicas.
2003 saw Hudgens making her theatrical debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen, in which she had the supporting role of Noel.
The film, which revolved around teenager Tracy trying to fit in and getting caught up in the wrong crowd, was somewhat of a commercial success, grossing million worldwide.
Despite its minor commercial success, the film received positive critical reviews.
It has an 82% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and USA Today called Thirteen the most "powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas".
In 2007, work on the second film in the High School Musical series began, and Hudgens was confirmed to be returning for the sequel.
High School Musical 2 was released on August 17, 2007.
It was preceded by two singles, "Come Back to Me" and "Say OK", both of which were slightly successful in numerous countries.
Both singles received heavy promotion on Disney Channel, with the music videos for both premiering on the channel.
The film saw Hudgens portraying the new girl at high school who falls for the captain of the basketball team.