Hilary Duff’s first recorded singing performance was on the song “I Can’t Wait”, which appeared on the original television soundtrack for her television show Lizzie McGuire in August 2002. The following month, the first Disneymania compilation album was released, and featured Hilary Duff’s singing in the song “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room”.
Hilary Duff’s first album was the 2002 collection of Christmas songs entitled Santa Claus Lane, which made the lower reaches of the Billboard 200 album chart and Number 3 on the kids’ music chart. Released in October, the album eventually achieved platinum sales in December of the following year. The title track was also included on the soundtrack to The Santa Clause 2, starring Tim Allen.
Hilary Duff also sang on several tracks on the soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie which was released in April 2003, a few weeks before the actual film came out. One of these tracks, “Why Not”, which is performed by Hilary Duff in the film, was released as a single, and reached the Top 20 on singles charts in countries including Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Later that year, Hilary Duff recorded her first non-holiday album, entitled Metamorphosis, which was released on August 26 and went to number one on the US and Canadian charts in that year. The Metamorphosis album featured music that would appeal to teenagers, as well as the younger children who had supported her to date. Songwriting team The Matrix, who had worked with singers such as Avril Lavigne (on her Let Go album) and Liz Phair, provided three songs on the album. One of these songs, “So Yesterday”, was released as the first single, reaching Number 2 in Canada, the Top 40 in Australia, and peaked just outside the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Duff agreed to perform her singles “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean” at MTV’s New Year Bash 2004 in New York City’s Times Square on December 31, but when Hilary Duff performed “Come Clean” the song (and the vocals) playing over the speakers during the performance skipped (in the same way that a CD does on a malfunctioning CD player), revealing that she had been lip synching. During the last seconds of “Come Clean” the track for the song was cut due to its constant skipping, forcing Hilary Duff to sing the last words: “let’s go back, back to the beginning”.
Metamorphosis became the eighth highest selling LP of the year, with over 2.4 million copies purchased in its first four months of release. It has since gone three times platinum. Hilary Duff’s success as a singer helped her to be ranked #96 on the Forbes Top 100 Celebrity List of 2003. Subsequent singles from the album include:
* Come Clean, which reached the Top 10 in Canada, Top 20 in Australia and New Zealand and No.1 of the Billboard Hot 100; and
* Little Voice, which reached the Australian Top 40 in May 2004.
Metamorphosis was nominated in the Juno Awards of 2004 for International Album of the Year, losing to 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
On May 31, 2004, the music video for Hilary Duff’s cover version of “Our Lips are Sealed” by the Go-Gos, which she performed with her sister Haylie Duff, made its MTV debut. The song was commissioned for the soundtrack of Hilary Duff’s film A Cinderella Story, which came out the following July. The single was a smash success, going to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On September 28, 2004 (her seventeenth birthday), Hilary Duff released her second album, the self-titled Hilary Duff. When describing the album to her fans, Duff noted that she felt it has an edgier, rock feel to it. The album’s working title was The Girl Can Rock. Its first single is “Fly”, and it also includes “Haters”, the lyrics of which were once rumoured to be about Lindsay Lohan, who is often considered by the media to be Hilary Duff’s rival.
Hilary Duff accepted an invitation to perform at the youth concert which formed part of George W. Bush’s 2005 Inauguration Day celebrations.
On August 16, 2005, Hilary Duff will release her third official album, Most Wanted. This will be a compilation of her most popular hits, along side three new songs, which she is working on in the studio. Hilary gets help from Joel Madden, her current boyfriend, to make her three new tracks edgier and more rock. For inspiration, she is listening to stuff by The Killers, Muse, and more. As well, the CD will be released in two versions. One will be a standard version which will include her famous hits and three new songs including first single Wake Up and the other will be a Collectors Edition which will include four new songs, bonus packaging, and bonus material. Both will be available August 16th 2005.