Santa Claus Lane

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This article is about the album. For the popular Christmas song sometimes referred to as "Santa Claus Lane", see Here Comes Santa Claus.
Santa Claus Lane
A girl with blonde hair wearing a white sweater and blue jeans, throwing a red box into the air. She stands in front of a red electric scooter with several green and boxes on it, and a brown pole with two signs on top of it: a green one that reads "NORTH POLE" in capital letters on top, and a red one that reads "Santa Claus Lane" in capital letters below the other. Far behind her are a dark, starry sky and many buildings. Above the girl, "Hilary Duff" is written in cursive, white text.
Studio album by Hilary Duff
Released October 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Length 33:29
Label Buena Vista
Producer
Hilary Duff chronology
Santa Claus Lane
(2002)
Metamorphosis
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Santa Claus Lane is the debut studio album by American recording artist Hilary Duff. It was released on October 15, 2002, by Buena Vista Records. The album featuring guest appearances from Christina Milian, Lil' Romeo and Duff's sister Haylie. Santa Claus Lane peaked at the second position of Billboard magazine's Top Heatseekers and Top Kid Audio charts, and peaked at the 154th position on the Billboard 200. It has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping 500,000 copies to retailers.

Background[edit]

In 2001, Duff gained fame through her starring role in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire.[2] She became interested in pursuing a music career after attending a Radio Disney concert in 2001. "There were all these pop acts backstage at the concert," Duff explained. "They were all getting ready backstage and warming up, and I was like, 'I want to do this so bad.'"[3] One day, Duff met Andre Recke, who would soon become her manager. She told him of her interest in becoming a singer and briefly performed for him. This prompted him to tell her, "I want to work with you."[4] Recke said of his encounter with Duff, "When I met Hilary, I knew she had something special. Sometimes you just have that feeling, that, 'Wow, she's a star.'"[3]

Duff's music career began with two soundtrack appearances. In 2002, she appeared on the soundtrack to Lizzie McGuire, performing a cover of Brooke McClymont's "I Can't Wait", and the Walt Disney Records compilation DisneyMania, performing a cover of "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room". Recke noted of Duff's DisneyMania appearance, "That was the first test to see how her fans would react to her as a singer and not just an actress".[3] Duff stated that she felt Christmas came early for her when she recorded Santa Claus Lane. She continued, "I really loved singing these songs. It was a lot of hard work, but also big fun!"[5]

Composition[edit]

"I Heard Santa on the Radio" and "Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)" are duets with Christina Milian and Lil' Romeo, respectively, and "Same Old Christmas" features Duff's sister Haylie.[5] Santa Claus Lane features production from Matthew Gerrard, Chris Hamm, Alain Bertoni, Charlie Midnight and Chico Bennett; on the 2003 reissue, the bonus track "What Christmas Should Be" is produced by Charlton Pettus.[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released in the United States on October 15, 2002 by Buena Vista Records.[6] It was reissued on October 14 of the following year with the bonus track "What Christmas Should Be".[7]

The song "Santa Claus Lane" had a music video featuring Duff performing on Disney's Movie Surfers to promote the film The Santa Clause 2. "Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)" (featuring Lil' Romeo) also had a music video and a radio release. It was promoted heavily on Disney Channel. In a 2013 interview with the website Idolator, Duff expressed her dislike for the latter song, saying that she has "blocked it out of my memory".[8]

Reception[edit]

The album peaked at number 154 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and also reached the second position of both the Top Heatseekers and Top Kid Albums charts.[9] On December 9, 2003, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 shipments to retailers.[10] Jaan Uhelszki, in an editorial review for Amazon.com, gave Santa Claus Lane a negative review. She noted that the album, consisting mostly of covers, "add[s] little to the holiday music canon".[6] She also felt that it only "perks up" on songs that feature guest musicians.[6] Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Santa Claus Lane"   Gerrard 2:43
2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"  
  • Chris Hamm
  • Alain Bertoni
3:36
3. "I Heard Santa on the Radio" (with Christina Milian)
  • Midnight
  • Hamm
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
4:02
4. "Jingle Bell Rock"  
  • Joseph Carleton Beal
  • James Ross Boothe
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
2:48
5. "When the Snow Comes Down in Tinseltown"   Midnight
  • Midnight
  • Denny Weston, Jr.[a]
3:18
6. "Sleigh Ride"  
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
3:04
7. "Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)" (with Lil' Romeo)
  • Bennett
  • Midnight
3:41
8. "Last Christmas"   George Michael
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
4:12
9. "Same Old Christmas" (featuring Haylie Duff)
  • Midnight
  • Marc Swersky
  • Midnight
  • Bennett[a]
3:17
10. "Wonderful Christmastime"   Paul McCartney
  • Hamm
  • Bertoni
2:54
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Santa Claus Lane adapted from Allmusic.[11]

  • Deborah Araya – Stylist
  • Chico Bennett – Producer
  • Alain Bertoni – Producer
  • Savina Ciaramella – A&R
  • J. Fred Coots – Composer
  • Matthew Gerrard – Producer
  • Haven Gillespie – Composer
  • Chris Hamm – Producer
  • Martin Häusler – Design
  • Jay Landers – Executive Producer
  • Gavin Lurssen – Mastering
  • Dani Markman – Artist Coordination
  • Charlie Midnight – Producer
  • Andre Recke – Executive Producer
  • Denny Weston, Jr. – Producer

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Santa Claus Lane - Hilary Duff". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "Hilary Duff > Biography". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Rosen, Craig (January 31, 2004). "Hilary Duff: A Performer's Metamorphosis". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 116 (5): 10–14. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ 2007. "At Home with Hilary Duff" featurette on Dignity deluxe edition DVD. Hollywood Records.
  5. ^ a b c 2002. Santa Claus Lane (album liner notes). Buena Vista Records.
  6. ^ a b c "Santa Claus Lane: Hilary Duff: Music". Amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Santa Claus Lane [Extra Tracks]: Hilary Duff: Music". Amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ Pansky, Sam (August 26, 2013). "Hilary Duff's 'Metamorphosis' Turns 10: Backtracking". Idolator. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Hilary Duff > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Database: Santa Claus Lane". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Santa Claus Lane - Credits". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). 2002-10-15. Retrieved 2011-08-05.