Fly (Hilary Duff song)

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"Fly"
Single by Hilary Duff
from the album Hilary Duff and Most Wanted
A-side "Beat of My Heart"
B-side "Metamorphosis"
Released August 10, 2004 (2004-08-10)
Format
Recorded 2004
Length 3:43
Label Hollywood
Writer(s)
Producer(s) John Shanks
Hilary Duff singles chronology
"Our Lips Are Sealed"
(2004)
"Fly"
(2004)
"Someone's Watching Over Me"
(2005)
European single cover

"Fly" is a song recorded by American singer Hilary Duff for her self-titled third studio album (2004). The song was written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, who also produced the song. It was released in the United States on August 10, 2004 by Hollywood Records, as the lead single from Hilary Duff. The single was released by Angel Records on March 13, 2006 in Europe as the fourth and final single from Duff's first compilation album, Most Wanted (2005).

Composition[edit]

The song's protagonist encourages listeners to "let go of your yesterday" and "reach for something when there's nothing left". Duff has described it as "an uplifting song in the face of all the negativity going around these days. It's 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".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Stylus magazine said the song was very similar to Duff's previous single, "Come Clean" (2004), but called it "an easily excusable offense, as it improves on the template ... [it] rightfully leads off the album."[2] Blender magazine said the song is "Urgent and theatrical" and "sounds like Evanescence—but the inspirational lyrics are pure Duff."[3] John Shanks received a 2005 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for his work on "Fly" and recordings by Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Robertson and Alanis Morissette.[4]

Music video[edit]

The single's music video, directed by Chris Applebaum, combines black-and-white backstage footage with colorized shots of Duff performing the song live. The video was filmed in Worcester, Massachusetts during rehearsals for her Most Wanted Tour. The video premiered on MTV's Total Request Live on August 26, 2004, debuted on the show's countdown on August 30 and reached number one on the countdown for one day. It spent twenty-eight days on the countdown, until October 27.[5] There was about 100 or more fans there who won a contest to watch her perform and be in the video as a crowd. The making of the video and her tour in Worcester is on the 2004 DVD: Learning to Fly. It is also featured on the Raise Your Voice DVD under Bonus Features.

Live performances[edit]

Duff performed "Fly" on the 2004 World Music Awards.[6][7]

Track listings[edit]

Australian CD single[8]
No. Title Length
1. "Fly"   3:45
2. "Fly" (Remix by Dan Chase) 3:27
UK CD single[9]
No. Title Length
1. "Fly"   3:43
2. "Fly" (Live AOL Session) 3:44
UK maxi single[10]
No. Title Length
1. "Fly"   3:43
2. "Metamorphosis"   3:28
3. "Fly" (Remix) 3:44
4. "Fly" (Video) 3:43

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States August 10, 2004 Hot AC radio[20] Hollywood Records
Mainstream radio[21]
United States[22] October 19, 2004 Digital download
Australia[23] November 8, 2004 CD single Festival Mushroom Records
Finland[24] March 13, 2006 Digital download Angel Records
Germany[25]
Ireland[26]
United Kingdom[27]
United Kingdom[28] CD single
United Kingdom[29] Maxi single

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sony Music. "Hilary Duff - Hilary Duff". The Star. Retrieved October 27, 2006.
  2. ^ Burns, Todd. "Hilary Duff". Stylus. September 24, 2004. Retrieved October 27, 2006.
  3. ^ "Editors' Picks: October 2004"[dead link]. Blender. September 24, 2004. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
  4. ^ "47th Annual Grammy Awards - Winners: Production". VH1.com. Retrieved October 27, 2006.
  5. ^ "The TRL Archive - August 2004", "The TRL Archive - September 2004", "The TRL Archive - October 2004". popfusion.net. Retrieved March 23, 2007.
  6. ^ World Music Awards 2004 (TV 2004) - IMDb
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Fly (Australian CD single liner notes). Hilary Duff. Festival Mushroom Records. 2004. 021972. 
  9. ^ Fly (UK CD single liner notes). Hilary Duff. Angel Records. 2006. 0094635643022. 
  10. ^ Fly (UK maxi single liner notes). Hilary Duff. Angel Records. 2006. 0094635643107. 
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Hilary Duff – Fly". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Hilary Duff – Fly" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Hilary Duff – Fly" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Hilary Duff search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Hilary Duff – Fly". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "Hilary Duff Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Hilary Duff. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  17. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Hilary Duff – Fly". Top Digital Download. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  20. ^ "®R&R :: Going For Adds™ :: Hot AC". Gfa.radioandrecords.com. 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  21. ^ "®R&R :: Going For Adds™ :: CHR/Top 40". Gfa.radioandrecords.com. 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  22. ^ :. "Fly (2004) | Hilary Duff | MP3 Downloads 7digital United States". Us.7digital.com. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  23. ^ "Hilary Duff.com.au - the official Australian website for all things Hilary Duff!". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
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  28. ^ "Fly: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  29. ^ "Fly [Cd2]: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 

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