Hilary Duff

  • Singer and songwriter born in 1987 in Houston Texas.
  • Duff showed interest in performing at an early age, and she was encouraged to take lessons in singing, acting and ballet. She moved with her mother to California at the age of six to audition for acting roles, and she was cast in many commercials. By the age of ten, she was performing in film and television, winning a Young Artist Award in 1999 for her acting. In 2001, she was cast in the lead role in the Disney series Lizzie McGuire, and when the show became a hit, she was a teen idol.
  • Disney recognized her skills in singing, and she recorded songs for Radio Disney. This led to her debut album, released by Disney records in 2002 – a Christmas album titled Santa Claus Lane. It eventually sold over 500,000 copies. Its success led to a recording contract with a Disney record company that features artists in pop, rock and country genres. In 2003, her breakthrough album was released – Metamorphosis. It was a huge hit, topping the Billboard 200 album chart and selling over 5 million copies worldwide. Singles from the album included So Yesterday (#42 on the Hot 100, #15 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart) and Come Clean (#35 and #9 respectively). Her singles were even more popular internationally, particularly in Canada, Australia, Italy and the UK.
  • In 2004, Duff starred in the teen romantic comedy A Cinderella Story. The soundtrack to the film included a cover of the Go-Go’s Our Lips Our Sealed, performed by Hilary and her sister Haylie. It was a top ten hit in Canada and Australia.
  • In 2004, her third studio album was released – the self-titled Hilary Duff. Duff co-wrote several songs on the album, as did her sister. The album was certified platinum and it peaked at #2 on the album chart. The single Fly peaked at #29 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The following year, a compilation album was released that included three songs that were previously unreleased. The album was certified platinum, and the single Wake Up reached #29 on the Hot 100.
  • Leveraging her popularity with teenage girls, Duff launched clothing and perfume lines between 2004 and 2006. She continue to perform in films, garnering bad reviews – she was nominated for a Razzie award for Worst Actress in four consecutive films.
  • Duff released the Dignity album in 2007. She co-wrote thirteen of the songs, which were more dance and electropop oriented than her previous work. While the album was less successful than her earlier albums, two singles were hits – Stranger and With Love both topped the Dance Club Songs chart, and the latter became her highest charting single on the Hot 100, peaking at #24. Duff reached #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart one more time, with Reach Out, from her Greatest Hits album released in 2008.
  • After a break from recording, she released Breathe In. Breathe Out. in 2015. It was favorably reviewed by critics who liked its mix of dance-pop and folk-pop songs. Sparks from the album reached #6 on the Dance Club Songs chart.
  • Duff has remained active in television and films. She also has published three young adult novels, and a children’s book. Her career as a singer is on hiatus, but don’t be surprised if she records again. Here’s her biggest hit, Come Clean.

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