Socialite Life’s Breakout Stars Of 2008

December 17th, 2008 // 5 Comments

Miley Cyrus:
Love her or hate her, we can’t deny that she is a force to be reckoned with. Toothy pop princess Miley Cyrus has taken her status as “the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus on that Disney show” to an international celebrity worthy of being found fascinating by Barbara Walters.

Stepping out of the shadow of her alter-ego Hannah Montana, Miley was rocketed into superstar status–and all while still operating a learner’s permit for most of the year.  One of the top earning teenage stars, Miley has been raking in the dough with her TV series, her Hannah Montana movies, and her aptly titled album that was released this year, appropriately titled Breakout. Plus, we suspect this girl has the potential to get herself involved in some pretty delicious scandals.

Jonas Brothers:
2008 was a good year to be a member of the Jonas Brothers. Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas may have been plagued with dating drama (see aforementioned 2008 Breakout Star Miley Cyrus), but while their purity rings might need some polishing, their careers really took off this year.

The boys released their album A Little Bit Longer this year and broke records when they became the first group to sell more than 100,000 digital downloads for three singles in a row. “Burnin’ Up” the charts, they capitalized on the success of their music  by launching a clothing line, filming a movie, announcing their plans to write a book and covering the August issue of Rolling Stone.

Twilight Cast:

Whether they like it or not, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Bell have secured their fates as A-list stars with the success of the first screen adaptation of Stephanie Meyer‘s Twilight book series.

With new projects lined up as a result of their higher-profile status as the leads in the franchise (Kristen’s signed on for The Runaways biopic, to be executive-produced by Joan Jett and Robert will possibly find himself with a new role in another wildly successful franchise in The Pirates of the Caribbean), they’re also both slated to star in the following two sequels to the film: New Moon and Eclipse.

Two other books are also up for grabs, in terms of movie rights, meaning that if they wanted to, these kids could probably retire in the next five years and still live large.

High School Musical  Cast:

On the other end of the spectrum, Zac Efron and real-life girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens are welcoming their international fame and fortune with open arms. High School Musical‘s booming ratings as a made-for-TV Disney channel movie, spawned a sequel and this year, a move to the big screen HSM3: Senior Year.

Touring the world from Europe to Australia to promote their feature film, the young cast broke box office records. Although Vanessa has done well for herself in addition to her HSM success with endorsements and launching her music career, Zac is really the standout in the bunch.

 His day planner is chock full of films which include the Art Linklater pic Me and Orson Welles, 17 Again and a remake of the iconic 80s dance classic starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose. With 2009 right around the corner, Efron’s career (to quote the ever quotable Christina Aguilera) just keeps getting better.

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Miley Cyrus:Love her or hate her, we can’t deny that she is a force to be reckoned with. Toothy pop princess Miley Cyrus has taken her status as “the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus on that Disney show” to an international celebrity worthy of being found fascinating by Barbara Walters. Stepping out of the shadow of her alter-ego Hannah Montana, Miley was rocketed into superstar status–and all while still operating a learner’s permit for most of the year.  One of the top earning teenage stars, Miley has been raking in the dough with her TV series, her Hannah Montana movies, and her aptly titled album that was released this year, appropriately titled Breakout. Plus, we suspect this girl has the potential to get herself involved in some pretty delicious scandals.Jonas Brothers:2008 was a good year to be a member of the Jonas Brothers. Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas may have been plagued with dating drama (see aforementioned 2008 Breakout Star Miley Cyrus), but while their purity rings might need some polishing, their careers really took off this year.The boys released their album A Little Bit Longer
this year and broke records when they became the first group to sell
more than 100,000 digital downloads for three singles in a row.
“Burnin’ Up” the charts, they capitalized on the success of their
music  by launching a clothing line, filming a movie, announcing their plans to write a book and covering the August issue of Rolling Stone.Twilight Cast: Whether they like it or not, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Bell have secured their fates as A-list stars with the success of the first screen adaptation of Stephanie Meyer‘s Twilight book series. With new projects lined up as a result of their higher-profile status as the leads in the franchise (Kristen’s signed on for The Runaways biopic, to be executive-produced by Joan Jett and Robert will possibly find himself with a new role in another wildly successful franchise in The Pirates of the Caribbean), they’re also both slated to star in the following two sequels to the film: New Moon and Eclipse. Two other books are also up for grabs, in terms of movie rights, meaning that if they wanted to, these kids could probably retire in the next five years and still live large.High School Musical  Cast:On the other end of the spectrum, Zac Efron and real-life girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens are welcoming their international fame and fortune with open arms. High School Musical‘s booming ratings as a made-for-TV Disney channel movie, spawned a sequel and this year, a move to the big screen HSM3: Senior Year.Touring the world from Europe to Australia to promote their feature film, the young cast broke box office records. Although Vanessa has done well for herself in addition to her HSM success with endorsements and launching her music career, Zac is really the standout in the bunch.

 His day planner is chock full of films which include the Art Linklater pic Me and Orson Welles, 17 Again and a remake of the iconic 80s dance classic starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose. With 2009 right around the corner, Efron’s career (to quote the ever quotable Christina Aguilera) just keeps getting better.Check out all 50+ photos of Socialite Life’s Breakout Stars Of 2008 in the gallery!

By Lisa Timmons
  1. javaflash

    She is Kristen “Stewart,” not Kristen “Bell.”

  2. Audrey

    It’s Kristen Stewart.
    And after Eclipse is done, there is 1 remaining book, not 2, which is “Breaking Dawn”.

  3. ana

    Is kristen stewart! But its ok. I can’t wait till new moon

  4. Lynn

    At least you acknowledge that she’s a force to be reckoned with. But I shouldn’t judge, while I love Miley I fucking hate the Jonas Brothers.

  5. james12

    I love Miley:)

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