Hannah Montana (soundtrack)

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Hannah Montana
Soundtrack album by Hannah Montana
Released October 24, 2006 (2006-10-24)
Recorded 2006
Genre
Length 42:26
Label Walt Disney
Producer
Hannah Montana chronology
  • Hannah Montana
  • (2006)
Singles from Hannah Montana
  1. "The Best of Both Worlds"
    Released: March 18, 2006 (2006-03-18)

Hannah Montana is the soundtrack album for the first season of the television series Hannah Montana, released on October 24, 2006 by Walt Disney Records. The program itself premiered through the Disney Channel on March 24, 2006; after becoming an immediate commercial success, production on its soundtrack began the following month. Eight of its thirteen tracks are performed by the series' primary actress Miley Cyrus, and are credited to her titular character Hannah Montana. The groups The Click Five, Everlife, B5, and recording artist Jesse McCartney each contribute one recording, while a duet between Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus is included as the final track. The soundtrack is primarily a teen pop record, which sees additional influences from pop rock and country pop musical styles. The lyrical themes revolve largely around "girl power", teen romance, and the double life that Cyrus' character lives on the program.

Hannah Montana received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who appreciated its overall production. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 286,000 copies. In doing so, it became Cyrus' first number-one album, the first television soundtrack to reach the peak position on the chart, and the fourth soundtrack from The Walt Disney Company to debut in the top-ten of the chart. The record has since been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having exceeded shipments of three million copies in the United States. The soundtrack charted moderately on international record charts, having reached the top-twenty in countries including Austria, Canada, Norway, and Spain.

The series' theme song "The Best of Both Worlds" was released as the only single from Hannah Montana on March 28, 2006. It reached number 92 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Hannah Montana was reissued as a two-disc special edition on March 20, 2007. It spawned the additional single "Nobody's Perfect", taken from the series' second season, and peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The soundtrack was further promoted during the The Cheetah Girls' Party's Just Begun Tour, for which Cyrus served as an opening act, and her own Best of Both Worlds Tour.

Background and composition[edit]

Miley Cyrus (pictured in 2007) portrayed the titular character on the television series Hannah Montana.

During production of the first season of Hannah Montana, Cyrus commented that at the moment, they were focused on improving the series as much as possible, however recording a soundtrack for it was a plausible plan for the future.[1] The series itself premiered through the Disney Channel on March 24, 2006, and became an immediate commercial success; with 5.4 million viewers, the pilot episode earned the channel the highest ratings in its history at the time.[2] The following month, it was reported that an accompanying soundtrack and Cyrus' debut studio album had both begun production, the first of which was scheduled to be released during fall 2006. These plans were expected to capitalize on promotional efforts previously used for Hilary Duff, who had successfully transitioned from the titular character on the television series Lizzie McGuire into a career in the music industry in the early 2000s.[3]

In the series, Cyrus portrays the character Miley Stewart, a teenager who lives the secret double life as the pop star Hannah Montana. She stated that "most songs for the first season reflect the show, with Miley or Hannah making sure the other doesn't get caught or whatever," opining that the tracks provided series producers with the opportunity to "make sure that everyone understood the characters". By comparison, Cyrus described later material used by the series as "more speaking out to the fans."[4] The record incorporates elements of teen pop, pop rock, and country pop musical styles. Cyrus performs eight of its thirteen tracks, which are credited to Hannah Montana. Her songs "The Best of Both Worlds" and "This Is the Life" describe the double life that Cyrus' character maintains, while "If We Were a Movie" and "I Got Nerve" respectively address a romantic desire and "girl power".[5]

"Pop Princess" by The Click Five was described by Heather Phares from AllMusic as "sparkly power pop"; she also characterized "Finder Yourself in You" by Everlife as "the template for Hannah's rock-edged pop". The soundtrack closes the country pop duet "I Learned From You" between Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus, which Phares felt drew influences from recording artist Vanessa Carlton.[5] The soundtrack was later reissued as a two-disc special edition, which saw the inclusion of the track "Nobody's Perfect",[6] which was later featured on the following soundtrack Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007).[7]

Singles and promotion[edit]

Cyrus performing "Pumpin' Up the Party" on the Best of Both Worlds Tour.

The series' theme song "The Best of Both Worlds" was released as the only single from Hannah Montana on March 28, 2006;[8] it reached number 92 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[9] Despite not producing follow-up official singles, several tracks from the soundtrack charted in the United States. The highest-peaking song was "If We Were a Movie", which reached number 47 in the country. It was followed by "I Got Nerve", which charted at number 67. "Pumpin' Up the Party", "Who Said", and "The Other Side of Me" respectively peaked at numbers 81, 83, and 84, while "Just Like You" entered at number 99. After being reissued, "Nobody's Perfect" peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.[9]

Cyrus' first live performances were during The Cheetah Girls' Party's Just Begun Tour in 2006 and 2007. She performed as Hannah Montana, and served as a "rotating" opening act in place of recording artists Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Pruitt and groups Everlife and T-Squad.[10] Cyrus later embarked on the nationwide Best of Both Worlds Tour in 2007 and 2008. It primarily served as a promotional tool for the recently-released record Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007);[11] however, "Just Like You", "Pumpin' Up the Party", "I Got Nerve", and "The Best of Both Worlds" from the original soundtrack were included in its set list.[12] The tour proved commercially successful, having grossed $54 million by its conclusion, while its 2008 film adaption Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert earned $63 million. The latter was released as a Walmart-exclusive CD/DVD set, titled Best of Both Worlds Concert, in March 2008.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Common Sense Media 4/5 stars[14]
Entertainment Weekly C-[15]
MSN Music 3.5/5 stars[16]
Knight Ridder 2/4 stars[17]

Hannah Montana received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who appreciated its overall production. Writing for AllMusic, Heather Phares enjoyed Cyrus' deliveries of "cute, well-written songs", and added that the overall project was "sweet, starry-eyed, [and] utterly charming".[5] Jennifer Axman from Common Sense Media shared a similar sentiment, appreciating its "upbeat girl-power messages" and distinguishing "I Learned from You" as a stand-out track for its inspirational lyrics ("I learned from you that I do not crumble / I learned from you that strength is something you choose /.../ There is no question that's a lesson I learned from you").[14] MSN Music gave the record a 3.5 out of 5 stars, and listed it as an "essential album".[16] However, Chris Willman provided a more mixed review, commenting that Cyrus appeared to "mimic Avril, Ashlee, and Britney simultaneously", and felt that the concept of leading a double life was "a nice fantasy for Brangelina, but a weird one to push on little girls."[15] David Hiltbrand was also critical of the record, stating that its "generic pop" would irritate adult listeners, but acknowledged that it was "slickly executed" for appealing to its younger audience.[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

During the week of October 25, initial sales projections recognized Hannah Montana, The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance, and Once Again by John Legend as the most-likely records that would reach number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. On November 1, Hannah Montana officially debuted at number one with first-week sales of 286,000 copies, making a difference of 41,000 units more than The Black Parade, which charted in second place.[18] In doing so, the record became the first television soundtrack to debut in the peak position and fourth soundtrack from The Walt Disney Company to debut in the top-ten of the chart.[19][20] It remained at number one the following week with sales of 203,000 copies.[21] Furthermore, the soundtrack became Cyrus' first of five number-one albums in the United States to date, having been followed by Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), Breakout (2008), and Bangerz (2013).[22] It was eventually certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for exceeding shipments of three million units.[23] As of January 2014, Hannah Montana has sold 3,736,000 copies in the United States, becoming the second best-selling television soundtrack behind High School Musical with 4,878,000 copies.[24] Internationally, Hannah Montana charted moderately on national record charts. It peaked at number 10 on the Canadian Albums Chart,[25] and was certified gold by Music Canada.[26] The record charted at number 23 on the Top 100 Mexico chart,[27] where it was later recognized with gold certification.[28] In Europe, the soundtrack reached number 14 on the Spanish PROMUSICAE,[27] and was certified gold in the country.[29] It additionally earned a gold certification in the United Kingdom.[30]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Hannah Montana.[31]

Hannah Montana – Standard version[32]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Best of Both Worlds" (performed by Hannah Montana) Gerrard 2:54
2. "Who Said" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Gerrard
  • Nevil
  • Landers
Gerrard 3:14
3. "Just Like You" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Adam Watts
  • Andy Dodd
  • Watts
  • Dodd
3:14
4. "Pumpin' Up the Party" (performed by Hannah Montana) Jamie Houston Houston 3:09
5. "If We Were a Movie" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Jeannie Lurie
  • Holly Mathis
3:03
6. "I Got Nerve" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Lurie
  • Ken Hauptman
  • Aruna Abrams
  • Armato
  • James
3:06
7. "The Other Side of Me" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Gerrard
  • Nevil
Gerrard 3:07
8. "This Is the Life" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Lurie
  • Shari Short
Marco Marinangeli 2:58
9. "Pop Princess" (performed by The Click Five) Ben Romans   4:24
10. "She's No You" (performed by Jesse McCartney)
  • Gerrard
  • McCartney
  • Nevil
3:33
11. "Find Yourself in You" (performed by Everlife)
  • Gerrard
  • Amber Ross
  • Julia Ross
  • Sarah Ross
Gerrard 3:35
12. "Shining Star" (performed by B5)
  • Dmyrio Mitchell
  • Jamahl Rye
  • Robert Hugger
2:44
13. "I Learned from You" (performed by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus)
  • Steve Diamond
  • Gerrard
Gerrard 3:25
Total length:
42:26
Hannah Montana – Special edition (bonus track)[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
14. "Nobody's Perfect" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Gerrard
  • Nevil
3:20
15. "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" (performed by Hannah Montana)
  • Gerrard
  • Nevil
2:22
Total length:
45:46
Hannah Montana – Limited edition (bonus DVD)[31]
No. Title Length
1. "The Best of Both Worlds"   2:54
2. "Who Said"   3:15
3. "Just like You"   3:14
4. "Pumpin' Up the Party"   3:10
5. "The Other Side of Me"   3:08
Total length:
15:41
Hannah Montana – Special edition (bonus DVD)[6]
No. Title Length
6. "Noboby's Perfect" (Live) 3:20
7. "Backstage Secrets"   30:00
8. "Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile" (DVD Trailer)  
Total length:
33:20
Notes

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[34] 35
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[35] 14
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[36] 10
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[37] 23
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[38] 67
French Albums (SNEP)[39] 122
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[27] 23
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[40] 22
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[41] 11
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[42] 14
US Billboard 200[43] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Gold 50,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[28] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[29] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version Format Label Ref.
United States October 24, 2006 Standard Walt Disney [32]
United Kingdom November 20, 2006 [44]
United States March 20, 2007 Special edition CD [6]

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