Martina 'TINI' Stoessel Graduates From Teenage TV Sensation 'Violetta' to Bilingual Pop Star
Argentine Disney star leaves adolescence behind with new movie and album
Martina Stoessel is known to teens across the world as Violetta, the heroine of the Argentina-originated Disney Channel series by the same name that has grown to be shown in more than 130 countries and dubbed into 15 languages.
Albums of music from the show featuring Stoessel (also the Spanish voice of Frozen’s "Let It Go") have sold nearly 3 million copies. Violetta stadium tours with Stoessel and other members of the cast sold out in Latin America and Europe. And the show's musical numbers have tallied hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.
Violetta has frequently been compared to Hannah Montana. And like Miley Cyrus, Stoessel, 19, is shedding her famous character after the show’s third and last season in 2015. But differently than -- and perhaps in light of -- Cyrus' radical post-Hannah transformation, Disney is being hands on in managing her transition from TV sensation Violetta to TINI: Bilingual Pop Star.
Stoessel stars in a new movie whose title serves as a career mission statement: Tini: El Gran Cambio de Violetta (Tini: Violetta’s Big Change). It’s a fictionalized portrayal of Stoessel’s real life Disney-assisted coming of age story. The movie also stars other Violetta cast members, who are sent off on their own journeys on the road to adulthood.
Tini: El Gran Cambio de Violetta premiered in Paris in late April and was released in theaters in Spain on May 6, placing fourth at the box office in its first week. The movie is expected to open in Mexico in June and in Argentina in July. But Violetta fans in the United States will have to wait. A Disney spokeswoman told Billboard there are as yet no dates set for a U.S. release.
Meanwhile, Stoessel’s followers can listen to her self-titled solo debut,TINI, which was released on April 29 via Disney’s Hollywood Records and includes English and Spanish songs.