Pop goes the early noughties, part one: The first singing Disney star

“So Yesterday” by Hilary Duff | I mentioned this song last week, proceeded to watch the music video again, and had a flashback to the time when I was a 14-year-old with raging hormones. Or maybe it;s the tank top Hilary’s wearing here. Yeah, definitely that. Back in the early 00s, when pop radio played a varied bunch (and was thus listenable), the idea of Disney stars making a jump to singing wasn’t that prevalent. To me, at least, Hilary started it all, with the release of 2003’s Metamorphosis, and this song, a pleasant pop ditty that doesn’t really push the envelope – because, really, it’s pleasant, and what else do you have to do? Hilary isn’t the best singer, so might as well bank on her image, right? That didn’t quite work for everybody else. Lindsay Lohan followed her footsteps (and led to one of my favorite songs, “Over”) but pursued a slightly grittier route (“Rumors”, anyone?) and then went on a downward spiral. Miley Cyrus, mindful of the Disney tag holding her back, went the same route, resulting in this earworm and this other thing. And then there’s Selena Gomez, who’s going the Hilary Duff route (only rockier?) but is having a bit of a difficulty because, well, everybody fapping to her hates Justin Bieber. As for Hilary, well, she’s happily married. (Tomorrow: I remember a time when hip-hop sounded more tolerable. Or maybe it’s just me.)

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