September 28, 1987
Birthdate: Houston, Texas
Life is sweet – and getting even sweeter – for the
pop world's favorite girl-next-door. Sure, Hilary Duff starred
in a monstrously huge TV show but that's, like, so yesterday 'cause
Hilary's exercising her right to change her mind and act her age.
No more trying to fit a circle into a square. With her first real
pop-rock album, Metamorphosis, and the #1 single "So Yesterday,"
Hilary is finally free to be who she wants to be.
"Change is a very
important and natural thing," says Hilary. "We called
the album Metamorphosis because it's about changes that everybody
experiences. It's not just about me, but it is very personal.
The change might seem a little sudden because most people are
used to seeing me as a character through Lizzie McGuire and movie
roles that I played. So this music is a good way to get everyone
to know the real me. Everyone evolves and changes."
A triple-threat talent,
Hilary has become a music, film and television phenomenon thanks
to an unbroken string of hits that began with her starring role
in the Disney Channel Original Series Lizzie McGuire, the record-breaking
#1 show in its timeslot. Hilary made her singing debut on that
hit sit-com, lending her fresh vocals and sunny style to "I
Can’t Wait" from the RIAA-certified platinum Lizzie
McGuire Television Soundtrack. In her motion picture debut, Hilary
co-starred with Frankie Muniz in this summer's action-adventure
hit Agent Cody Banks. Next came singing and starring roles in
The Lizzie McGuire Movie, in which Hilary played – prophetically
enough – an American tourist mistaken for a huge singing
Proving that life imitates
art, Hilary’s singing career is exploding on Top 40 radio,
MTV and Top 200 retail charts. Metamorphosis – her amazingly
appealing debut solo album of 13 songs – shipped well in
excess of gold with 800,000 copies on August 26, 2003 and charted
#2 on the Billboard 200 its first week of release. Its debut single,
"So Yesterday," became an instant #1 retail hit at Walmart.com,
and stormed the pop singles charts on July 29, hitting the #1
spot after quickly making top-request waves at national Top 40
radio and on MTV’s signature program "Total Request
Live," where Hilary's "Why Not" music video (from
the RIAA-certified platinum The Lizzie McGuire Movie Soundtrack)
had already been a Top 10 staple for months.
MTV also hosted a prestigious
premiere for the "So Yesterday" music video on its July
21 presentations of Making The Video and TRL All-Star Backyard
BBQ and featured Hilary in MTV Diary. Duff recently was a presenter
at both the MTV Video Music Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice
Awards, where she accepted the trophy for "Favorite TV Show"
on behalf of Lizzie McGuire. And although there’s not one
molecule of space left for another top award her shelf, "So
Yesterday" has become the #1 most-streamed video on AOL.
"I’ve always sung, ever since I could talk," says
Hilary. "At home, at school, in the choir, everywhere. But
about two years ago I decided to be a real singer, and started
working with really cool singers, musicians and songwriters. Best
of all, I started working in the studio, experimenting and putting
material together. I’ve really fallen in love with the studio.
I just know that a lot of my fans relate to the album."
What kind of music
can fans expect from Hilary on Metamorphosis? A chameleon-like
variety of changing moods, from the romantic ballad "Where
Did I Go Right?" to the ultimate break up song, "So
Yesterday." From the tough-talkin' "Party Up" to
the hard rockin' "Little Voice."
"The music on
the album is a little different from the pop songs everyone’s
heard from me before, because Metamorphosis has all the kinds
of music I like to listen to," Hilary explains. "There
are a lot of different sounds, from rock to eletronic –
with a whole range of tempos from some deep, slow songs, to some
high-energy rock songs to give me a boost. Everybody goes through
different moods and different feelings and sometimes when you
put on your favorite song it makes you feel a little bit better."
The 13 pop-rock songs
on Metamorphosis were produced, arranged, written and mixed by
the very best in the business. The album’s behind-the-scenes-talent
includes Charlie Midnight (Joe Cocker, James Brown, Joni Mitchell)
who contributed to nine tracks; The Matrix (Avril Lavigne, Christina
Aguilera), the producing masterminds behind "So Yesterday,"
"Where Did I Go Right?" and "The Math"; Chico
Bennett (Madonna, Usher, Destiny’s Child); Matthew Gerrard
(Nick Carter); John Shanks (Michelle Branch); Kara DioGuardi (Celine
Dion, Enrique Iglesias); singer-songwriter-producer Meredith Brooks;
plus some of the best pop-rock musicians anywhere.
"Can I tell you
how awesome everyone’s been to work with? They are the very
best writers and producers and musicians ever, and they’ve
been so open to my opinions," Hilary says. "It was important
to me that all the songs we recorded really meant something special
to me personally. I got to talk with some of the writers and say,
'You know, I feel like this . . .' and they really got it, which
is so cool. I loved the whole process. It’s so exciting.
I love that the whole album really relates to me and my life."
Two songs were special
contributions from Hilary’s number one idol: her talented
big sister, Haylie Duff. "Since she knows me better than
anyone else in the world, Haylie wrote 'Sweet Sixteen,' a really
fun song that totally relates to my life right now. She also came
up with 'Inner Strength' and it's really beautiful. Very empowering
Speaking of idols,
here's what another one has to say: "Hilary is just completely
a light to the world," no less an authority than Britney
Spears told Popstar! magazine. "So beautiful and so incredibly
sweet. Her music is amazing . . . she should just be herself and
It's difficult to comprehend
all that Hilary Duff has accomplished in the past few years. Prior
to Metamorphosis, Hilary had already sold 2.2 million albums,
spent six weeks in the Billboard Top 10 and earned two platinum
album awards. She has starred in one #1 television series, two
hit movies, and has already made two more major films (20th Century
Fox’s Cheaper By The Dozen with Steve Martin, and Warner
Bros.' A Cinderella Story) to be released later this year. Plus,
not one but two television specials will honor the big day she
turns "Sweet Sixteen."
Not bad for someone
who really just wants her driver's license.