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    Dream Street

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    1I Miss You lyrics
    I Say Yeah lyrics
    Jennifer Goodbye lyrics
    4Someone To Hold Me Tonight lyrics
    Sugar Rush lyrics
    6Run Away lyrics
    You're Taking Me Over lyrics
    8Let's Get Funky Tonight lyrics
    9They Don't Understand lyrics
    10Feel The Rain (Live Version) lyrics

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    Dream Street [2001]
    2The Biggest Fan [2002]


    Dream Street was an American pop boy band that was formed in late 1998 and broke up in 2002.

    The group was initially put together by producers Louis Baldonieri and Brian Lukow and titled 'Boy Wonder', it featured several 11-14 year old boys from the New York Broadway/Acting scene. Baldonieri and Lukow hoped to make an impact on the pop music industry by introducing a group of teenagers to the scene, all of whom had prior stage singing experience. Among these original members were Jordan Knight (of SNL's young church lady fame), Billy Kennedy (starred in Kindergarten Cop), Cory Austin (who left due to a contractual disagreement before the debut), and members Greg Raposo and Chris Trousdale, who would continue on into the remade group in 1998.

    The lineup was changed not long after they debuted the show in front of several talent agents and record label reps (their debut involved among other things a tap dance number, and a jazzy theme song... both of which were sacked quickly after, as well as a cover of the main song from the musical Rent "Season's of Love")

    Jesse McCartney, Gregory Raposo, Matt Ballinger, Frankie Galasso, and Chris Trousdale would become the new faces of the group, and were given the name "Dream Street" (which incidentally was the name of Lukow and Baldonieri's studio in New York City). The only original song they kept was titled "Jennifer Goodbye", which was initially written as a folk-pop ballad, then was changed into its modern incarnation months later.

    Their eponymous debut album was released in 2001 and was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. The final Dream Street release was the soundtrack album to the released 2002 film The Biggest Fan starring former Dream Street member Chris Trousdale.

    Despite the album going gold the group failed to become more popular than preteen market stars like NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys before them. One of the big factors that contributed was the waning appeal and popularity of the teen pop movement around 2001/02. In early 2002, four of the members and their parents (McCartney, Raposo, Ballinger, and Gallasso) filed suit against Louis Baldonieri and Brian Lukow to revoke their prior approval of their initial production agreement. The band won the lawsuit but something came with the lawsuit was unexpected. They 5 members are never allowed to perform as a group ever again

    Soon after Dream Street disbanded, the group began following different entertainment paths:

    At 17, Greg released a self-titled debut album of pop/rock songs, which debuted on the Billboard Independent Albums chart at #40. He came out as a force on Radio Disney, a popular preteen/teen station. He recorded and released a self-titled album, and released his first single "Take Me Back Home", which was soon a staple on Radio Disney. He currently fronts the New York based band "Raposo".

    Matt Ballinger joined a high school band named Last Chance for a short time before personal issues led to their falling out. He then later formed "The Juice", a band based in Massachusetts, where Matt attends Tufts University.

    Frankie Galasso ventured into film and got a role in the movies A Tale of Two Pizzas and "Soltaire" due out in 2007. Frankie has also taken time to attend college and has started working on a solo music career, featuring snippets of songs on his myspace account.

    Chris Trousdale, with the support of Lukow and Baldonieri, finished The Biggest Fan alongside Kaila Amariah, which was not released until summer 2005, after legal proceedings were finished. Soon after finishing his movie Chris began recording and collecting songs for his new album, yet to be named/released.

    Undeniably the biggest breakout of Dream Street was the youngest member, Jesse McCartney. In 2003 he recorded a three-track album JMac and released the track "Beautiful Soul," which immediately became a top 20 hit on the preteen/teen station Radio Disney. Jesse then signed with Hollywood Records, owned by Disney, and began recording an album. Jesse also joined in on the Jingle Jam tour the same year with fellow Dream Street ex-member Raposo and up-and-coming popstar Stevie Brock. In the meantime, he landed a starring role on the hit WB teen show Summerland, which soon became one of the most popular shows for people aged 13-24. When he decided to re-release "Beautiful Soul," it became a large top 40 song, and was a common request for shows such as TRL. He then toured through the United States and Australia, making him a bigger star. His next album "Right Where You Want Me" was released on September 19, 2006. He was also in the movie Keith, which has yet to be widely released.

    Also in 2005 Greg Raposo and Matt Ballinger teamed up with Stevie Brock to do the re-make of a classic Disney song Three Is A Magic Number which was featured in Disney's The Three Musketeers.

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