Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff is an AIDS Walk Woman - Just Jared
Hilary Duff and her boyfriend, hockey player Mike Comrie, take to the streets to raise money and awareness during the 2009 AIDS Walk New York in Central Park on Sunday afternoon (May 17) in New York City. The couple joined an estimated 45000...
Hilary Duff walks for Aids charity - Forester
Hilary Duff helped raise money for charity by doing the Aids Walk in New York. The 21-year-old singer-actress participated in the 6.2-mile fundraiser in Central Park with hockey player boyfriend Mike Comrie alongside more than 45000 people....
'Selfish' designer Hilary Duff - MSN Singapore
Actress Hilary Duff admits she designs clothes with herself in mind when coming up with ides for her fashion line. Hilary Duff says her clothing line is 'selfish'.The 'Lizzie Maguire' star mainly considers her favourite styles and what she looks for in...
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie "Walk with Love" - TheInsider.com
Continuing to do her part for charity, Hilary Duff and boyfriend Mike Comrie took part in the Gay Men's Health Crisis' AIDS Walk in Central Park on Sunday (May 17). Acting as co-host, the "Cheaper By the Dozen" cutie spoke to the crowd before beginning...
Hilary Duff To Walk For AIDS Fundraiser - On Top Magazine
By On Top Magazine Staff Actress Hilary Duff has signed on to participate in the biggest AIDS fundraiser of the year, Sunday's Gay Men's Health Crisis' AIDS Walk in New York City's Central Park. The walk helps fund the nation's oldest AIDS service...
Hilary Duff - Opening Ceremony for 2009 AIDS Walk in New York City ... - Putu.Us
Hilary Duff did her part and lent her fame for community service at the Gay Men's Health Crisis and AIDS Walk yesterday (May 17) in New York City. Hilary had a busy schedule all day, as she hosted the opening ceremony for the walk, dressed in black...
Hilary Duff: Happy to Have Her Man Back - The Gossip Girls
Doing her best to keep fit and fine, Hilary Duff was spotted paying a visit to the gym in Los Angeles, California on Thursday (May 7). The workout session followed a red carpet appearance the previous night - as Hil strutted her stuff at Live! on...
'Law & Order: SVU': Hilary Duff is one bad mama - Entertainment Weekly
Last night on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hilary Duff played a young mom whose baby was first missing and then found dead. I tuned in because I couldn't resist the promo ads featuring Duff screeching at her mother, played by NYPD Blue's Gail...
Hilary Duff Lights Up the Empire State Building - The Gossip Girls
Back on the east coast after a short stay in Los Angeles, Hilary Duff attended the lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building in new York City on Thursday (May 14). The “Stay Cool” cutie was on-hand to pull the lever - which beamed out a bright red...
Hilary Duff dishes on locally filmed 'Provinces of Night' - StarNewsOnline.com
AP Hilary Duff spent 10 days in Wilmington and Pender County. 'I love the little downtown area,' Duff said of Wilmington. By Amy Hotz Like many Southern Gothic heroines, Hilary Duff's character, Raven Halfacre, in “Provinces of Night” is described as...

With Love (Hilary Duff song)

“With Love” cover

The single was released to U.S. radio on February 20, 2007 (see 2007 in music) and as a digital download on March 13, and it attracted positive comment from sources such as Billboard magazine and The New York Times. "With Love" reached the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Duff's highest peaking single, and it was a number-one club hit after being subject to remixes by producers such as Richard Vission. Outside the U.S., the single had less success, attaining top forty positions in Australia and the United Kingdom. The song and its music video, which won Duff a Teen Choice Award and a MuchMusic Video Award, respectively, were significant aspects of the promotional campaign for her 2006 fragrance, With Love... Hilary Duff.

The song is featured in the online Nexon America multiplayer dance competition game Audition Online and was used in the television commercial for it. It won in the category of Choice Music: Love Song at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards. The song was on the shortlist of nominees for the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

In the United Kingdom, a week before its CD single release, "With Love" debuted at number sixty on the singles chart. The song reached number twenty-nine the following week, where it peaked. It is Duff's lowest peaking single there. The single performed less well than most of Duff's previous singles in Australia, reaching number three.

The "With Love" music video was directed by Matthew Rolston and doubles as the television commercial for Duff's fragrance With Love... Hilary Duff. It was filmed in an opera house in San Francisco. Three versions of the commercial, each with a different length (fifteen, thirty and sixty seconds), entered rotation on U.S. television networks in November 2006. The New York Times cited the song, music video and commercial's cross-promotion of one another as an example of corporate synergy, and Ron Rolleston, Elizabeth Arden's executive vice president for marketing in New York, called it "an interesting evolution in advertising The commercial stands independently, and the music video stands on its own, and they enrich each other. That's what's cool about it young people are engaged by different varieties and types of media". Rolleston said the campaign, the goal of which was to " advertising and entertainment", was "an interesting challenge If video killed the radio star, advertising will save the video".

Disney also produced a separate version of the music video for airing on Disney Channel and its online DXD service on the page for Radio Disney, in the video it features Hilary performing with her band in a studio and dancing, the video also aired on Family, in Canada.

The video begins with Duff receiving a standing ovation for a performance. She goes backstage, where her entourage hands her a bag, coat and hat. A man (played by Kellan Lutz) who was standing outside the auditorium follows her to a hotel. In the lobby, Duff sprays With Love... Hilary Duff perfume on her neck, reverses her coat and puts on a black wig, giving her hat to an old man whose back is turned. Pursued by the first man, she walks up a staircase, throws the coat off the railing, tears off her white dress to reveal black, and rips off the lower half of the dress. The man smells the perfume on her coat and follows her into an elevator car, where she teases him by pulling his tie. The cables holding the elevator car break, causing it to fall down the shaft, and Duff and the man embrace. The video concludes with a title card that reads, "...to be continued".

The music video premiered on MTV's Total Request Live on February 8, 2007. It debuted on the Total Request Live countdown the next day at number eight and reached number one on eight subsequent countdowns, eventually being "retired" from the show after forty days on the countdown. In Canada, the video reached number one on the MuchMusic Top 30 Countdown, the first video by Duff to do so. For the video, Duff won the award for People's Choice: Favourite International Artist at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards.

Adding to the success of the single throughout 2007, the song peaked at #1 on the "Los 10 mas pedidos" in Latin America (which is the Latin American 'Top 100 songs of 2007'), beating out artists such as Avril Lavigne.

In MTV Hits playlist, With Love's video is still there after more than a year.

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "With Love".

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Metamorphosis (Hilary Duff album)

Metamorphosis cover

Metamorphosis is the first full-length studio album by American singer Hilary Duff, released in the United States on August 26, 2003 (see 2003 in music). According to Duff, the album incorporates elements of pop and rock music, and it represents changes that are specific to her life and that everyone experiences. Songwriters and producers on the album include Charlie Midnight, Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks and Duff's sister Haylie, and it was noted for the presence of The Matrix, known at the time for their popular work with Avril Lavigne.

Metamorphosis was released shortly after Duff's departure from Disney's Lizzie McGuire franchise, and it coincided with other high profile projects in which she was involved in other media. Backed by heavy promotion, the album was a major success in the U.S., selling more than 4 million copies; it consolidated Duff's popularity with preteens and teenagers, and provided a breakthrough in the development of her music career. For Hollywood Records, it was the label's first high seller in several years, and led to the company's further successful cultivation of new artists and brands using the Disney Channel. Singles from Metamorphosis include "So Yesterday", "Come Clean" and "Little Voice".

In 2001 Duff saw her sister, Haylie, rehearsing with her band, thought it looked fun and told her mother that she wanted to be involved in singing. During the same period, she attended a Radio Disney concert where she met Andre Recke, whose client Myra was performing. According to Duff, watching the pop musicians preparing and warming up backstage at the concert made her think, "'I want to do this so bad.'" Recke said he thought Duff, who was popular with preteens at the time because of her role in the popular Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire, had "something special ... Sometimes you just have that feeling, that, 'Wow, she's a star.'" After becoming determined to start a music career, Duff resumed her vocal lessons — which she had started before her acting career began — and became one of Recke's clients. "I've always had a big drive", she said. "When I felt like something looked fun or I wanted to accomplish something, I really just go for it ... I didn't really know what it was gonna be like, but I knew I wanted to try it and I knew that I could do it." She recorded several songs for Disney soundtrack and compilation albums, and a Christmas album, Santa Claus Lane, in 2002. Her songs "I Can't Wait", "Why Not" and "What Dreams Are Made Of" were hits on Radio Disney, but Recke and executives at Buena Vista Music Group envisioned Metamorphosis as a vehicle by which Duff could reach a more mature audience.

To that effect, Recke, Duff and Duff's mother, Susan, enlisted songwriting and production team The Matrix — who Recke had previously hired to write songs for Myra's 2001 debut album, Myra — and songwriter Charlie Midnight, who had contributed to Santa Claus Lane. According to Duff, her, her mother and Recke "worked very hard to really get good music that I related to and was age-appropriate for me and wasn't just cheesy pop stuff". She did not want to make "a really poppy album" because that was not the type of music she said she would listen to: "I wanted to do music that I really like, and that I would actually listen to", she said. The presence of The Matrix was noted because of their work on Avril Lavigne's highly successful 2002 debut album, Let Go, but Duff said she did not want to emulate other artists: "There are definitely people I respect and I love their music, but there was never really an artist that I said, 'I want to be just like them...' ... I wanted to be like myself".

Duff described the album as "pop music has some more rock and edginess to it"; she said the type of music was "somewhere in between" pop and "hardcore rock", but that she didn't know how to explain it. According to her, there is "a lot of different music" on Metamorphosis that she finds difficult to categorise. The music on the album is "a little different" from her previous music because, according to her, the album "has all the kinds of music I like to listen to". She said that there are many "different sounds" on the album, such as rock and electronic, and "a whole range" of tempos, including "deep, slow" tracks and "high-energy" songs to provide her with a "boost". According to Duff, everyone experiences varied feelings and moods, and they can "feel a bit better" by playing their favorite song.

Duff said the album represented "kind of a change" because it was "kind of different" from anything she'd previously done; as she put it, "We called the album Metamorphosis because it's about changes that everybody experiences". Duff called change "a very important and natural thing", saying that the album was a good way to introduce everyone to "the real me" because, in her words, "Everyone evolves and changes". She said she was "excited" about Metamorphosis because it represented her rather than characters she played: "It's more personal than acting", she said; however, she said that the album was "not just about me". Duff said she believed her music provided a way for people to get to disassociate her from her Lizzie McGuire persona, a goal she said was "so important to me". She described it as "definitely stuff that everybody my age can relate to", and according to her, her fans relate to the album. She characterised the recording process as "cool" because the songs are strongly related to her personal life.

The opening track, "So Yesterday", is a song Duff described as "very empowering toward breaking up with your boyfriend and finding the strength and the confidence to get over it." "Come Clean" documents a relationship between a boy and a girl who feel they are "in the dark" about each other; in Duff's words, "they're coming clean, whether it means they're gonna be together or not." "Sweet Sixteen" is a song that Duff said is "really fun" and "totally relates to my life right now", and "Inner Strength" is, as she put it, "ery empowering and uplifting" and "really beautiful". She said the track "Metamorphosis" is about "getting over a boy", although she said it wasn't about fellow singer Aaron Carter, with whom she was rumored to have broken up after a fight.

Metamorphosis was nominated at the Juno Awards of 2004 for International Album of the Year, which it lost to 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Duff won in the Best New Artist category at the 2004 World Music Awards and Best Female Artist at the Kids Choice Awards.

During the period in which Metamorphosis was released, Duff was participating in many projects in film, brand licensing, music and television; USA Today wrote in July 2003 that she was emerging as "The Next Big Thing" and "a marketing powerhouse" with nine to twelve year-olds, and Billboard magazine said that she "is looking to become more than just the nation's next teen pop princess. She wants to become a brand-name phenomenon ... is just the beginning." These projects included the high profile Hollywood films Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) and A Cinderella Story (2004), a clothing and accessories line called Stuff by Hilary Duff, a Lizzie McGuire merchandise line, and a VISA prepaid credit card for children aged six to thirteen. She also participated in a marketing campaign for the Hasbro personal video player VideoNow, for which she filmed the video A Day in the Life of Hilary Duff, which included a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "Why Not" music video. Entertainment lawyer Larry Golring called it "a great cross-promotion" for VideoNow and Duff's music career, which he said were "two new brands that are going to be huge this time next year, and they hopefully will have helped each other get there". The Associated Press quoted Bob Cavallo, the chairman of Buena Vista Music Group, as saying that "At this point, she's obviously already a franchise".

Marketing people such as Laura Groppe, president of Girls Intelligence Agency, said that the timing of the release of Metamorphosis and other Duff-related products was right because there had been a lack of teen idols since Britney Spears, and that Duff " not too pretty. Not too thin. Not too anything ... like a little Meg Ryan." According to Marketing Evaluations/TvQ, Duff was, in July 2003, the female star most popular with kids aged between six and eleven. Amy Doyle, at MTV's vice president of music programming, said Duff was "definitely one of the hot people to watch ... She's become the fabric of pop culture with teens right now." There was concern from some, however, that Duff could become overexposed, although Duff's manager emphasised his selectiveness against "f something looks cheesy", and that Duff "doesn't want to be all over TV commercials". Others, such as Robert Thorne, the CEO of the Olsen twins' Dualstar Entertainment, said that Duff should have stayed with The Walt Disney Company — from which she separated after contract negotiations broke down — to build the Lizzie McGuire franchise and use it to help develop her career into adulthood. In spite of this split, the profile of Duff and the album was supported by the DVD release of The Lizzie McGuire Movie and reruns of Lizzie McGuire episodes on the Disney Channel for two seasons. Duff herself said that Lizzie McGuire was "a great place to begin my career", but said that "it's exciting to go out on my own" with Metamorphosis.

Before the release of the album, and beginning in July 2003, Duff and Metamorphosis were given substantial promotional support from MTV, which highlighted "So Yesterday" on Making the Video and Total Request Live; Duff co-hosted the special TRL's All-Star Backyard BBQ. "So Yesterday" was released to U.S. Top 40 radio in mid-July, after which it became the "most added" song on the format. On the internet AOL Music had a marketing relationship with Duff and Metamorphosis: it hosted the premiere of "So Yesterday" and recording a Sessions@AOL broadcast with her, among other content exclusive to AOL members. In late September The WB Television Network aired an hour-long Hilary Duff birthday special, and MTV aired an episode of the documentary series Diary that followed Duff through a day. A DVD containing music videos, performance and behind-the-scenes footage and bonus features, Hilary Duff: All Access Pass, was released in November.

Duff embarked on a four-week concert tour in the U.S. from November to early December 2003. The song "Anywhere but Here" was included on the soundtrack of the film A Cinderella Story; Duff promoted the film and Metamorphosis with a series of television appearances in July 2004, including one on ABC's Good Morning America. She performed before roughly 7,000 people, breaking a Good Morning America audience record. In the same period she embarked on a U.S. summer tour, during which she performed a one-hour set that included Metamorphosis tracks, covers of The Go-Go's' "Our Lips Are Sealed" and The Who's "My Generation", and previously unheard material from Hilary Duff. Haylie Duff was the opening act on the tour, which ran for thirty-six dates and sold well in major arenas ; Pollstar editor-in-chief said that there was "a real positive buzz about ticket sales for Hilary's show". The tour was involved with the charity Kids with a Cause, of which Duff was a charter member in 1999; it sponsored a "Food for a Friend" drive and encouraged attendees to bring canned food to each tour venue, where the cans were collected and distributed across shelters in each city through which Duff toured. By early August 2004, enough food had been amassed to feed more than 12,000 children. The success of the tour was credited with helping keep the teen pop market alive in the tour circuit, and for being one of the "bright spots" in a slow concert season.

Bob Cavallo said he expected the album to sell "a couple of million ... f the pixie dust flies the right way". The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 300,000 copies sold in its first week of release; at the time, it was the highest opening week sales figure for a debut album by a female artist in 2003. Despite a 30% sales drop in its second week, during which it sold 175,000 copies, Metamorphosis still remained at number one on the chart for that week. It was certified platinum by the RIAA in three months, and two times platinum by the end of the year. In late November/early December, after Duff had appeared at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and sneak previews of the film Cheaper by the Dozen were held in select cities, Metamorphosis returned to the top five on the albums chart with a 132% sales increase over the previous week. In the Christmas shopping week, when the album was at number six on the Billboard 200, it sold 275,000 copies. It was the eighth best selling album of 2003 according to Nielsen SoundScan, selling 2.6 million copies, and it was certified four times platinum in mid-2004. By the September 2004 release of Duff's second album, Hilary Duff, the album had sold 4.0 million copies in the U.S., and as of August 2005, it had sold 4 million. In August 2005, the release month of Duff's compilation album, Most Wanted (on which several Metamorphosis tracks are featured), the album re-entered the Billboard 200.

Metamorphosis was credited with helping to significantly raise the industry and corporate profile and marketplace presence of Hollywood Records, which Geoff Mayfield, charts director and senior analyst for Billboard magazine, said " had some top albums before with the Tarzan movie soundtrack in 2000, but not like this Hilary Duff album". The San Fernando Valley Business Journal wrote that the album was "giving Hollywood Records a needed shot in the arm" after a decline in CD sales during the previous two years had forced the label to reduce costs and alter its operation. Hilliard Lyons analyst Jeffrey Thomison cited Metamorphosis as a reflection of Disney's ability to develop "great synergy between their cable, film and music segments", particularly after The Lizzie McGuire Movie indicated that Duff's television fanbase could be migrated to film — Geoff Mayfield said on the subject, "All things being equal, if this album were done by anybody else, it would not be a hit". Metamorphosis made Duff the first "breakout artist" for Hollywood Records in its ten-year history, and its success coincided with that of albums by other artists on the label, such as Rascal Flatts and Josh Kelley, and of soundtracks for films such as The Cheetah Girls, Freaky Friday and The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Later, partly as a result of Metamorphosis, Hollywood Records used the Disney Channel to launch brands such as High School Musical and Hannah Montana, and artists such as Aly & AJ, The Cheetah Girls, Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus and Jesse McCartney.

Blender magazine wrote that the success of the album consolidated Duff's status as a "tween icon", and estimated that it had earned her US$5,000,000. Moreover, sales of Metamorphosis indicated that Duff's popularity with teenagers was rising — 70% of buyers were aged between thirteen and twenty-two, compared to the soundtrack for The Lizzie McGuire Movie, 70% of the buyers of which were below the age of thirteen. Bob Cavallo attributed the album's success to Duff's amassing of fans of the singers and former Disney "Mouseketeers" Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

In Canada, the album reached the top spot in its first week of release. It was certified platinum four months after its release for sales of 100,000, and in December 2004 it was certified quadruple platinum for sales exceeding 500,000 copies. In Australia, the album sold well and was certified 2* platinum for sales of 70,000; it was number seventy-four on the ARIA year-end chart. Metamorphosis debuted at number twenty-six in France, and peaked at number twenty-two a week later, remaining on the chart for thirty-nine weeks. By mid 2008, the album had sold approximately five million copies worldwide.

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Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards

Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. After working in local theater plays and television commercials in her childhood, Duff gained fame for playing the title role in the television series Lizzie McGuire. Duff went on to have a film career; her most commercially successful movies include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), and A Cinderella Story (2004).

Duff has expanded her repertoire into pop music, with three RIAA certified Platinum albums and over thirteen million albums sold worldwide as on February 2007. Her first studio album, Metamorphosis (2003), was certified triple platinum and she followed it up with two more platinum albums, Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005). Duff's last studio album, Dignity, was released in April 2007 and was certified Gold in August 2007.

She has also launched a clothing line, "Stuff by Hilary Duff", and two exclusive perfume collections with Elizabeth Arden. Duff and her mother were listed as producers for the movie Material Girls, As of September 2008, her upcoming films include animated comedy Foodfight!, and independent films Greta, Safety Glass and Stay Cool.

Duff was born in Houston, Texas on September 28, 1987. She is the second child of Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker and a film producer and husband Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, who resides at the family home in Houston to maintain the family's convenience store business. She has an elder sister, Haylie Duff, who is also an actress/singer. Duff's mother encouraged Hilary to take up acting classes alongside her elder sister, Haylie, which resulted in both girls winning roles in various local theater productions. At the ages of eight and six, respectively, the Duff sisters participated in the ballet, The Nutcracker Suite with Columbus BalletMet in San Antonio. The siblings became more enthusiastic about the idea of choosing acting as a profession, and eventually relocated to California with their mother. Duff's father stayed at the family home in Houston to take care of their business. After several years of auditions and meetings, the Duff sisters were cast in various television commercials.

Duff's early career was marked by playing minor roles, starting off with an uncredited appearance in Hallmark Entertainment's western miniseries True Women in 1997. She also served as an uncredited extra, in writer-director Willard Carroll's ensemble dramedy Playing by Heart in 1998. Her first major role was as a star of the 1998 film Casper Meets Wendy, a direct-to-video sequel to Casper in which she plays the young witch Wendy, who encounters the animated character Casper. The film was released to mostly unenthusiastic reviews.

In 1999, Duff appeared in a supporting role in the television film The Soul Collector, which was based on a Kathleen Kane novel. Duff won a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress)" for her role in the movie.

Duff's first serious rise to fame came when she was cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio in 2000. Her co-star Michael Chiklis, stated, "After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, 'this young girl is going to be a movie star'. She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin." Duff was dropped from the cast of Daddio before it being aired, which made her reluctant to pursue her acting career further. However, her manager and mother urged her on, and a week later she successfully auditioned for the children's television series, Lizzie McGuire where she portrayed the title role of a clumsy but an average middle school girl. The show focused on her growth into teenhood.

Lizzie McGuire, which first aired on the Disney Channel on January 12, 2001, was a ratings hit, drawing in 2.3 million viewers per episode. Her participation in the show led to her becoming highly popular among children between the ages of seven and fourteen, with critic Richard Huff of the New York Daily News calling her "a 2002 version of Annette Funicello". After Duff fulfilled her 65 episode contract with Lizzie McGuire, Disney considered continuing the franchise further, through films and a prime-time television series to be broadcast on ABC. However, the plans failed because Duff's representatives said she was not being paid enough for the proposed series. Duff also starred in the Disney Channel television film Cadet Kelly (2002), which became the network's most watched program in its 19-year history. In the movie, she plays a free-spirited girl who enrolls in a military school and finds it hard to adjust to its strict and disciplined environment.

Duff's first role in a theatrical motion picture was in Human Nature (2002), an independent film shot around the time of the start of Lizzie McGuire. It was first showcased at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. The film, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, follows a female naturalist, played by Patricia Arquette. Duff played the younger version of Arquette's character. The same year, Duff recorded a cover version of Brooke McClymont's "I Can't Wait" for the Lizzie McGuire soundtrack, and "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" for the first DisneyMania compilation album. Her first album was Santa Claus Lane (2002), a collection of Christmas songs that included duets with her sister Haylie, Lil' Romeo and Christina Milian. Accompanied by the Disney Channel-only single "Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)", it peaked at 154 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and was certified gold. The track "Santa Claus Lane" was included on the soundtrack to The Santa Clause 2 and the single, "What Christmas Should Be", was used in Cheaper by the Dozen. Duff sang several tracks for soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie, which included "I Can't Wait" and "Why Not", the latter peaking at # 14 in Australia. The soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire movie went platinum in 2003.

In 2003, Duff received her first major role in a feature film when she was cast alongside Frankie Muniz in Agent Cody Banks. The film received positive reviews and was successful enough to spawn a sequel, in which Duff did not participate. The same year, Duff reprised her role as Lizzie McGuire for The Lizzie McGuire Movie, which exceeded box office expectations, earning $42.6 million at the US box office and $55 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews, with certain critics calling it "an unabashed promotion of Duff’s image, just as Crossroads was for Spears", while other reviews were generally positive and encouraging. Later that year, Duff played one of the 12 children of Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the family film Cheaper by the Dozen, which remains her highest grossing film to date. She reprised her role in the sequel to the film called Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), which failed to be as successful as the original film and was panned by critics.

Duff's first full-length studio album, Metamorphosis (2003), reached number one on the U.S. and Canadian charts and had sold over 3.7 million copies by May 2005. The lead single, "So Yesterday" (co-written and produced by The Matrix), was a top ten hit in several countries, its follow-up, the Laguna Beach theme song "Come Clean", became Duff's first top forty U.S. hit and reached the top twenty in UK, Australia and New Zealand. The video was nominated in the category of Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The third single, "Little Voice", was not released in the U.S. and was a minor hit in Canada and Australia. In late 2003, Duff embarked on her first concert tour, the Metamorphosis Tour, and later the Most Wanted Tour. Most shows scheduled in the major cities were completely sold out.

Duff also made several guest appearances in television shows; her first as a sick child in the medical drama Chicago Hope in March 2000. In a 2003 episode of George Lopez, she had a role as a makeup salesperson; she later reappeared in the show in 2005 as Kenzie, a feminist poet friend of the character, Carmen (Masiela Lusha). In 2003, she acted opposite her sister Haylie in American Dreams, while in 2005, she played a classmate and idolizer of the title character of Joan of Arcadia.

In January 2004, the second DisneyMania disc, DisneyMania 2, was released and featured a duet, "The Siamese Cat Song" with her sister. Another song, "Circle of Life", featured Duff and other Disney Channel stars. Duff and her sister recorded a cover of The Go-Gos' "Our Lips Are Sealed" for the soundtrack to A Cinderella Story, which also included two other songs by Duff. The video for "Our Lips Are Sealed" was popular on MTV's Total Request Live, but the song failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Duff's second full-length album was the self-titled Hilary Duff in which she co-wrote some songs. She described the album as more "personal" and having a "rock feel" than Metamorphosis. It was released on her seventeenth birthday (in September 2004) and debuted at #2 in the U.S. and at #1 in Canada. The album sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. in eight months, but its only U.S. single, "Fly", failed to chart on the Hot 100. "Fly" reached the top forty in Australia, where the album produced a second top forty single, "Someone's Watching over Me", which was the theme song of the film Raise Your Voice. Duff contributed the song "(I'll Give) Anything but Up!" for the 2004 album Marlo Thomas & Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long (2004).

In 2004, Duff starred in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story. Though the reviews were mostly negative, the film went on to become a moderate box office hit, and critics were impressed by Duff's performance. A Cinderella Story earned $70,067,909 worldwide and was a commercial success. Later that year, she starred in the film Raise Your Voice, her first role in a drama film. While some critics praised Duff for appearing in a more mature and serious role than her previous films, the film itself was heavily panned. Several reviews were indifferent towards her acting performance and were particularly harsh towards Duff's vocals, with critics pointing out what appeared to be her digitally enhanced voice. The film received a lukewarm response at the box office, and is Duff's least successful film commercially, with total theater receipts of $14 million. The same year, Duff received her first Razzie nomination for worst actress for her roles in Raise Your Voice and A Cinderella Story.

In 2005, Duff starred in The Perfect Man in which she played the eldest daughter of a divorced woman (Heather Locklear). The film received mostly harsh reviews and did not live up to box office expectations, grossing $19,770,475 globally. In the same year, Duff was again nominated for a Razzie Award, for The Perfect Man and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. The 2006 satirical comedy Material Girls, in which she co-starred with her sister Haylie, was also not well received by critics, grossing only $16,907,561 worldwide. The film, directed by Martha Coolidge and co-produced by Madonna's independent film production company Maverick Entertainment, starred the Duff sisters as wealthy siblings who must fight to reclaim their fortune following a scandal. Duff along with her sister Haylie, received two more nominations for Razzie awards for their role in the film.

Duff's third album, Most Wanted (2005), comprised her favorite tracks from her previous two albums, remixes, and new songs inspired by pop-rock musicians such as The Killers and Muse. In an appearance on Total Request Live, Duff stated that it was not a greatest hits album, but that her label told her it was time to release a new album. She had more creative control over Most Wanted compared to her previous releases, co-writing the new material with producers Joel Madden and his brother, Benji, both members of Good Charlotte. The lead single, "Wake Up", became Duff's highest peaking single on the U.S. Hot 100 at the time, and its video received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for the second single, "Beat of My Heart", was also popular, but the single itself did not chart in the U.S. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and became her third number one debut in Canada. An Italy-only compilation, 4Ever, was released in 2006. Duff recorded new songs for her movie, Material Girls, which included a Timbaland-produced cover version of Madonna's "Material Girl" with her sister.

By 2005, Duff appeared to have lost weight, leading the media to speculate that she had developed an eating disorder, though Duff denied this claim. Duff was interviewed on the Australian current affair show Today Tonight and stated that she lost weight by leading a more active lifestyle. Later in 2006, an article on Digital Spy stated that Duff had slimmed down to a U.S. size zero because of media reports suggesting she had gained fifteen pounds. She later stated that she had been feeling the pressure to be thin, because she is perceived in the media to be either too fat or too thin. Duff called this "judgmental" and "mean".

In June 2006, when asked about her then-boyfriend Joel Madden, a native of Waldorf, Maryland, in an interview with Elle, Duff replied, "He's very real, like, he's from a pretty ghetto place in Maryland... I like that". Duff's "ghetto" comments sparked a mixture of mild offense and bemusement from residents of the Waldorf area, as the suburban, mostly middle-class town did not fall into the traditional impoverished inner city concept of a ghetto. Duff later claimed she was referring not to Waldorf, but actually a section of Baltimore where Madden lived briefly as a young adult.

In late 2006 Duff took legal action against an alleged stalker and his roommate. On November 3, 2006, Duff's stalker, Maksim Miakovsky, was arrested for threatening to kill her. He was booked on charges of making criminal threats and stalking. According to legal papers filed by Duff, Miakovsky came to the U.S. "for the sole purpose of meeting and becoming romantically involved with Ms. Duff". Miakovsky was being held on $200,000 bail at the Manhattan Beach jail. He was arraigned on November 7, 2006. On January 19, 2007, Miakovsky was sentenced to 117 days in jail and five years probation after pleading no contest to the charges.

During her Still Most Wanted tour, she performed in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she filmed a brief appearance on the soap opera Rebelde. She was also the guest star on The Andy Milonakis Show for its third season premiere in 2007. In April 2008, Duff was offered the lead role of Annie Mills in the CW Network's Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff, but she turned it down because she was more interested in looking for projects outside the teen genre. She is also a model signed to IMG Models New York.

Duff co-wrote the material for her third studio album Dignity, along with Kara DioGuardi, who co-produced the album with Rhett Lawrence, Tim & Bob and Richard "Humpty" Vission. Duff stated that compared to her previous music, it is "more dancey" and makes use of more real instruments. She said, "I don't know exactly how to explain what we're doing, but it's fun and funky and different, something new for me. It's really cool". She also described the album's sound as "a little less pop-rock and more electronic-sounding".

The first single, "Play with Fire", became a minor club hit but failed to chart in the U.S.; the second single, "With Love", was more successful, becoming Duff's biggest U.S. Hot 100 hit and topping the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The music video for "With Love" was used as a commercial for Duff's first fragrance, With Love... Hilary Duff, which was launched in September 2006; the video reached number one on Total Request Live. Initially slated for release in late 2006, the album was released in April 2007 in North America and earlier elsewhere. It reached the top five in the U.S. and Canada, the top twenty in Australia and the top forty in the UK. The Dignity tour began in mid-2007. A third single, "Stranger", was a number one U.S. club hit.

In early 2007, the Duff sisters lent their voices to the computer animated comedy Foodfight!, which is to be distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment, but has an unscheduled release date. The director the film, Larry Kasanoff, said that he is "absolutely thrilled to have the Duff sisters as part of the cast". Duff also starred opposite John Cusack in War, Inc. which was released in theatres in Los Angeles and Manhattan, New York on May 23, 2008. Within a month of its release, it was expanded to several more theaters around the US. On September 7, 2007, Duff confirmed on Much On Demand, that she would be filming two independent films Greta, and Safety Glass. Both movies were filmed in late 2007 and are due to be released in late 2008 or early 2009. Duff has joined the cast of a new Polish brothers comedy Stay Cool. She will co-star alongside Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Chevy Chase and Jon Cryer. She will portray the character of Shasta O'Neil, described as a sexy high school senior. The movie was filmed during July and August 2008 in Santa Clarita, California, and the film is scheduled for release in 2009.

In January 2008, videos of Duff surfaced on YouTube, which showed her singing into her microphone at her concert in Mexico, but her voice was inaudible, leading viewers to believe that she was lip-syncing. Duff's representative defended her saying, "She was not lip-synching. It was faulty equipment. There was no sound coming out, but she was singing". He also added that Duff was not using her regular sound equipment, but instead was using locally provided equipment and that her microphone was inadvertently set on mute for the first few minutes of the performance.

In November 2008, Duff's greatest hits album, Best of Hilary Duff was released and the album's first single "Reach Out" which samples Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" was released in the previous month. Duff thereafter announced that she would be leaving her record label Hollywood Records after six years of service. She later announced to MTV that she would begin work on her new album in December 2008. The same month, Duff signed a pact with NBC to star in a new series, thus signalling her return to the television medium. It was later announced that Duff will be the lead in a new Rob Morrow-produced half-hour comedy based on the true story of Kathleen Holtz, called Barely Legal.

Duff launched her clothing line, "Stuff by Hilary Duff", in March 2004, with clothes distributed through Target in the United States, Kmart in Australia, Zellers in Canada, and Edgars Stores in South Africa. The company, initially started as a clothing line, has expanded its business into furniture, fragrances, and jewelry, targeted at the teen and preteen crowd. In 2007, the Internet website Stardoll.com previewed Duff's clothing line to customers by allowing them to dress up a paper doll on the website (which include Hilary Duff's own doll) with the clothes.

In February 2009, Duff and DKNY Jeans announced their new design partnership and the launch of their collaborative apparel line. Duff co-designed a collection of special pieces with DKNY Jeans brand called "Femme" for DKNY Jeans. The clothing line will debut in fine department and specialty stores nationwide in August 2009.

Playmates Toys released a celebrity doll of her in 2004. In late 2006, Mattel released a Hilary Duff Barbie doll. As a fashion designer, she had designed clothes for Barbie dolls in the past and with the release of her doll, she joined Reese Witherspoon, Beyonce Knowles and Lucille Ball who have their own celebrity-dolls.

In September 2006, Duff released her perfume, "With Love... Hilary Duff", which was distributed by the Elizabeth Arden company. The perfume was initially sold only in Macy's in the U.S. and soon it was being sold in other regions like Japan and Canada. In 2007, Duff announced that she will be releasing a summer version of the perfume titled, "Wrapped With Love". It was released in January 2008, and a Spring Gift Set version was released in time for Valentines Day.

Duff and her pet dog Lola made an appearance in the Electronic Arts game The Sims 2: Pets, which was released on October 2006. In console versions of the game, Duff's character visits public areas and allows the players to let their Sims socialize with her and Lola. Animal rights' organisation, "Animal welfare league" have criticised Duff and celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson for displaying their dogs as fashion accessories rather than pets.

In a June 2006 interview with Elle magazine, Duff was quoted as saying: "...(virginity) is definitely something I like about myself. It doesn't mean I haven't thought about sex, because everyone I know has had it and you want to fit in". Duff later told MuchMusic that she did not say the quotes attributed to her in the article and that the subject was "definitely not something that I would talk about..." She denied the quotes again in a 2008 interview with Maxim magazine.

Duff is involved with various charities, is an animal rights enthusiast and a member of Kids with a Cause. She also donated $250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, she donated over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in the south. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the "Audrey Hepburn Child Benefit Fund" and the Celebrity Council of "Kids with a Cause". On October 8, 2008, Duff starred in a public service announcement for The Think Before You Speak Campaign by Ad Council and GLSEN, to prevent youth from using anti-LGBT vocabulary, such as the phrase "That's so Gay".

In 2005, Duff's earnings were estimated to be $15 million and in December 2007, Duff was ranked at #7 in the Forbes "Top 20 Earners Under 25", with an annual earnings of $12 million. In 2007, Duff was ranked at #23 in Maxim's "Hot 100" list. In 2008, Duff was ranked #7 for the US edition of FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World", while for the UK edition she ranked in at #8.

Duff began dating singer Aaron Carter in 2001. They met on the sets of Lizzie McGuire, during Carter's guest appearance in a Christmas episode. The relationship lasted two years. It was reported that Carter left Duff for Lindsay Lohan, but soon broke up with Lohan and resumed dating Duff. Carter later stated that he also cheated on Duff with her best friend, and that Duff "got her heart broken" and he was "sorry" for his actions. On March 23, 2007, Claymation facsimiles of Duff and Lohan appeared on the celebrity wrestling series Celebrity Death Match episode "Where's Lohan?". Duff and Lindsay Lohan were later reported to have been involved in a "feud" with each other over their relationship with Carter. In 2007, Duff and Lohan had reconciled. Lohan attended the release party for Duff's album Dignity and Duff told People magazine that she thought Lohan was "fun" and "a nice girl".

Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden in 2004. After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff's mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine. Duff and Madden broke up in November 2006. The same year, Duff's parents separated after 22 years of marriage, due to infidelity on the part of her father. She wrote about the pain caused by the separation in her songs "Stranger" and "Gypsy Woman".

Duff began dating NHL player Mike Comrie in 2007. She frequently attends his games. Comrie bought Duff a Mercedes-Benz for her 20th birthday.

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Hilary Duff (album)

Hilary Duff cover

Hilary Duff is the self-titled second studio album by American pop singer Hilary Duff, released by Hollywood Records in the United States on September 28, 2004 (see 2004 in music). Duff said that she had more creative control over the album than she did over Metamorphosis (2003), her first studio album, and that the songs were more "personal" and contained heavier influences of rock music. Most of the songwriting and production team on the album, which included John Shanks and Charlie Midnight, had contributed to Metamorphosis. Hilary Duff received mostly negative reviews from critics, many of whom compared it to the music of Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson. Sales of the album did not match those of Metamorphosis, and the singles "Fly" and "Someone's Watching over Me" were not major hits.

Duff recorded the first three songs for the album between the shooting dates of Raise Your Voice and The Perfect Man, two films in which she was involved. Subsequent songs were recorded on the weekends during filming of The Perfect Man and on the nights after concerts on her summer 2004 tour. The album's outro track, "The Last Song", was recorded in her dressing room. "It was so ghetto", Duff said of the experience.

According to Duff, the album chronicles her experiences over the year before its release: "some of its good, and some of its bad, and a lot of its, like, a big learning experience", she explained. She expressed an interest in recording lyrically more aggressive material ("Well, I'm not going to be singing about lollipops because I no longer relate to lollipops") than the songs on Metamorphosis (2003) and wanted the album to reflect that, according to her, she is a normal sixteen year-old. "Basically, I'm not Lizzie McGuire anymore", she said. She said the album deals with issues she would not discuss publicly and provides "some answers", but she disagreed with people who believed the album presented a different side of her, saying "I think it's just more me this time because I got to really do it how I wanted to." Duff called the album "different " Metamorphosis and "much more mature", particularly in its "sound", but not to the point where it would be inappropriate for children; "I just think that other people will relate better", she said. According to her, she was more "involved" compared to the production of her first album and "confident enough to make suggestions" about the style of the album: "If I thought it needed to be more heavy, more rock, I said so". Its U.S. release date, September 28, 2004, was Duff's seventeenth birthday.

Duff herself co-wrote three tracks on the album: "Mr. James Dean", "Haters" and "Rock This World", the first two of which, along with "The Last Song", Haylie co-wrote. Hilary said she refrained from co-writing the entire album because "I don't know if I'm secure enough with myself to do that". She has characterised "Haters" as "tongue-in-cheek" and said people would know what it is about when they heard it, and it attracted substantial publicity when rumors circulated that it was about actress Lindsay Lohan, with whom Duff was alleged to have been feuding. The Scoop, a gossip section of the website MSNBC, quoted an insider who had said, "Hilary thinks that Lindsay has been directing negativity at her for too long." Duff denied that the rumors were true, saying she did not know Lohan and would not write a song about her. She said that at the time she wrote it she was feeling she had to openly discuss her personal life because "people make accusations and there are lies and rumors constantly ... people are so negative. They love to read what's coming out next on Page Six and I just felt like it was appropriate." She said she felt "normal girls" could relate to the song because of the "petty stuff" that occurs in schools.

Several producers and songwriters who did not contribute to Metamorphosis worked on the album, including Andreas Carlsson and Desmond Child ("Who's That Girl?"), British songwriter Guy Chambers ("Shine"), Julian Bunetta and James Michael ("The Getaway") and Ty Stevens ("Rock This World"). Ron Entwistle is co-writer and co-producer of "Weird", which Duff said is "about someone that she's still obsessed with. And everything he does is like he says this, but he does this ... She's not really sure who he is or what he does, but she likes it." Kevin De Clue contributed to "The Last Song" and "Mr. James Dean" (both co-produced by Haylie), which Duff has named her favorite track on the album and described as "very funny"; in the song, she tells an ex-boyfriend that he'll "never be James Dean". Duff neither confirmed nor denied whether the song was about fellow singer Aaron Carter, and she said "it was definitely an experience that I went through that was interesting and I learned a lot from that time in my life." In "Hide Away", co-produced and co-written by Shaun Shankel, Duff discusses a relationship that isn't working because she is in a position where her life is "figuratively under the microscope". Diane Warren wrote "I Am", an empowerment song in which Duff lists positive and negative aspects about herself; she has said it is about being comfortable "with all those feelings ... being who you are".

Three songs — "Fly", "Someone's Watching over Me" and "Jericho" — were used in Raise Your Voice, a drama film released shortly after the album in which Duff starred as an aspiring singer who attends a prestigious performing arts summer school. Duff has described "Fly" as "an uplifting song" about "how people are scared to open up and show who they are inside because they're afraid of what others are going to say". Her character performs "Someone's Watching over Me" at the film's climax and "Jericho" during the end credits, with the other characters performing the instruments. The album's release in Japan includes three bonus tracks: an acoustic version of "Who's That Girl?", a cover of The Go-Go's' "Our Lips Are Sealed" recorded with Haylie for the soundtrack to Duff's film A Cinderella Story ("We really wanted to work together, and my label knew that, so we found this song and we're like, 'Yes! We have to do this!'", Duff said), and a cover of The Who's "My Generation" in which the lyric "I hope I die before I get old" was changed to "I hope I don't die before I get old". Duff began performing it in concert after a suggestion from her manager, who was a fan of the song.

Ken Barnes of USA Today, which gave Metamorphosis a negative review, commented positively on the album and said it exemplified "a more wholesome brand of rock-flavored pop aimed at teens". Barnes praised the "unstoppably rousing choruses" in some of the songs and said "Duff avoids overextending her thin but pleasant voice, except for a bit of Avrilesque syllable stretching", while he criticised the high number of tracks and the preponderance of "hackneyed self-affirmation messages". Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine categorised Hilary Duff as "a virtual companion to Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography, from its rock/dance-pop fusion to its earnest demeanor" and "a varied, ambitious album ... it feels like the soundtrack to the life of a smart, ambitious, popular teenager trying to sort things out". Erlewine added that "ambition sometimes gets the better of Hilary", citing "limitations" of the album such as length, " straight-faced seriousness" and Duff's vocals.

In response to Duff's "announcement" that "she's a complicated rock & roll adolescent on the order of Avril and Ashlee", Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Uh-huh. And Betty from the Archie comics is Patti Smith", noting Duff's "tiny" voice is "buried under layers of generic cheese arrangements." Sal Cinquemani of Slant called the album "a seemingly endless string of three-and-a-half-minute pieces of pop crap – and I like pop music", and wrote that although Duff "can't be held responsible for most of the album's insipid lyrical content", "when gets in on the action things feel contrived". The New York Daily News named it the worst teen pop album of 2004, saying it was "eck-and-neck for junkiest CD of the year with her arch nemesis, Lindsay Lohan ".

John Shanks received a 2005 Grammy Award for "Producer of the Year, Non-Classical" for his work on "Fly", Autobiography, and recordings by Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Robertson and Alanis Morissette.

Duff also covered the hit song by The Who, My Generation, for the Japanese edition of the album. The song was hated by The Who fans and critics. They said that it was "a poor cover, and just silly". Duff also changed the famous line "I hope I die before I get old" to "I hope I don't die before I get old". Rolling Stone listed the song as one of the worst covers of all time.

The album debuted at number one on the Nielsen SoundScan chart in Canada, as Metamorphosis had done, and it was released in Australia in October. It debuted in the top ten on the ARIA album chart, surpassing the top twenty peak of Metamorphosis and rising to its number-six peak position in November. "Fly" was released as a single in the same month and did not perform as well, reaching just outside the top twenty. Duff embarked on a two-date tour of Australia in late October, supported by Popstars winner Scott Cain. Toward the year's end, several radio singles were released to promote the album. "The Getaway" was issued in the U.S. in November 2004 and in Canada in January 2005, and "I Am" was released to Radio Disney in December 2004; shortly after, promotion for "Weird" began in Spain. During this period, Duff embarked on a concert tour of North America, and several of her shows in Canada sold out in minutes. "Someone's Watching over Me" was the album's second single in Australia in February and, like "Fly", it peaked outside the top twenty. Hilary Duff remained on the ARIA album chart for twenty-seven weeks and was certified platinum for shipments of 70,000 units. In Canada, the CRIA certified the album three times platinum for 300,000 copies.

In February 2005, popdirt.com reported that because of the failure of "Fly" in the U.S., Hollywood Records would not be releasing further singles from the album. The website said that "The Getaway" was planned as the follow-up single in January, but its release was cancelled after sales of the album went into a "sudden drop". Executives at the label decided that money should be invested in a new album – which became Most Wanted – instead of additional promotion for Hilary Duff, according to the report. Shortly after, Duff fans grouped together to launch the "Hilary Duff Attack Day" Project, a campaign designed to persuade Hollywood Records executives to release another single. Organisers of the campaign, which was endorsed by nearly twenty Duff fansites, instructed fans to buy a copy of the album on April 4 so that the consequent increase in weekly sales would lead to the release of another single. The campaign's online project page said, "The Hilary Duff album has plenty of great songs that would make great singles ... If every fan would buy a CD that day, the sales would increase considerably and we will show the record company that the Hilary Duff CD is amazing, and that another single is in need!" No single was released after the planned "Attack Day". By June 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the album had sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S.; in comparison, Metamorphosis had sold 3.7 million. Hilary Duff was number sixty-five on Billboard magazine's year-end top albums chart in November 2005, and as of February 2007 it had sold 1.8 million copies.

The Most Wanted Tour Live from Las Vegas, "Fly" music video and a "Making of" documentary.

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