Supergirl (Hannah Montana song)

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"Supergirl"
Single by Hannah Montana
from the album Hannah Montana 3
Released August 28, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Dance-pop, pop rock
Length 2:55
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Kara DioGuardi, Daniel James
Producer(s) Dreamlab
Hannah Montana singles chronology
"Just a Girl"
(2009)
"Supergirl"
(2009)
"Every Part of Me"
(2009)

"Supergirl" is a pop song by American recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus, performing as Hannah Montana – the alter ego of Miley Stewart – a character she played on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. The song was written by Kara DioGuardi, in collaboration with Daniel James, and produced by Dreamlab. "Supergirl" was released on August 28, 2009, by Walt Disney Records as the lead and only single from the series' third soundtrack, Hannah Montana 3. A karaoke version is available in Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3. The song is characterized by dance-pop elements in its musical composition and contains lyrics regarding the lows of pop stardom.

The song received average to mixed reception from contemporary critics and garnered average commercial outcomes for Cyrus in several countries, compared to those of her previous efforts as Montana. In the United States, it peaked at number five on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Hot 100–105). It marked Cyrus' first entry as Montana in Austria; it peaked at number fifty-eight on the Austrian Singles Chart. A music video for "Supergirl" was released, taken from footage of a concert performance.

Background[edit]

"Supergirl" was co-written by Kara DioGuardi, who composed a total of four songs on Hannah Montana 3, and Dan James.[1] A karaoke version is available in Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3.[2] "Supergirl" leaked into the Internet in November 2008, along with six other songs from Hannah Montana 3.[3] The song first premiered on Radio Disney on July 2, 2009, in order to promote the soundtrack and was afterward released as the lead and only single from Hannah Montana 3 on August 28, 2009.[4][5]

Composition[edit]

A 30 second sample of Hannah Montana's "Supergirl", a song about the lows of superstardom.

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"Supergirl" is pop song with a length of two minutes and fifty-five seconds. According to Allmusic, the song contains dance-pop and teen pop elements in its music,[6] while Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly cited rock music as its main influence.[7] Peter Larsen of The Orange County Register described the track as a bouncy dance-pop number also.[8] The song is set in common time and has a moderate rock tempo. It is written in the key of C major and it follows the chord progression Am11–Fmaj7–C–G.[9] Warren Truitt of About.com interpreted the lyrics of "Supergirl" to be about the lows of pop stardom.[10] Larsen believed the line "You just wanna be like me" was a representation of Cyrus, "a super duper girl".[8]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

"Supergirl" received average to mixed reception from contemporary critics. Heather Phares of Allmusic said, "That feeling of familiarity extends to the songs that haven't appeared anywhere else. Whether it's the happy side of Hannah ('It's All Right Here,' 'Supergirl') [...] they sound very much like what came before them."[11] Warren Truitt of About.com agreed but stated, "[The song] may be a little cookie-cutter, but at least the songwriters realize who their audience is and they deliver the goods".[10] Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly compared the song's style to that of Kelly Clarkson.[7] While reviewing a concert before the release of the soundtrack, Peter Larsen of The Orange County Register predicted it would be released as a single and become popular with children, yet "saturate [parents'] ears for a month or two".[8]

Chart performance[edit]

On the week ending July 25, 2009, in the United States, "Supergirl" debuted at number five on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart (Hot 100–105) upon Hannah Montana 3's release.[12] The song dropped from the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart in the following week.[12] On the week ending September 11, 2009, "Supergirl" debuted and peaked at number fifty-eight on the Austrian Singles Chart, marking Cyrus' first appearance in the country as Montana; it also dropped from the Austrian Singles Chart after one week.[13][14] Along with its B-side, "Every Part of Me", the song peaked at number forty-two on the German Singles Chart.[15]

Live performances[edit]

Cyrus as Montana and Brenda Song performs in the concert taping for the third season of Hannah Montana; it is used as the music video for "Supergirl".

On October 10, 2008, Cyrus, dressed as Montana, premiered "Supergirl", along with eight other songs, at the concert taping for the third season of Hannah Montana, which was set on October 10 in Irvine, California at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.[8] The performance began with Montana, dressed in a white and pink tie-dye tee shirt, white pants, pink leather jacket, and large sunglasses. The performance begins with Cyrus sitting in a bench, facing a mirror, as backup dancers apply makeup on her and attend her. She stands up and roams around the stage to sing afterward.[8] Peter Larsen of The Orange County Register called it one of "hits of the night".[8] The performance was later premiered as the song's music video on July 2, 2009, on Disney Channel to promote Hannah Montana 3.[4]

Track listings[edit]

  • U.S. / EU Vinyl CD Single / Digital Download
  1. "Supergirl" (Album Version) – 2:55
  2. "Supergirl" (Instrumental) – 2:55
  3. "Every Part of Me" – 3:30
  • EU 2-Track CD Single
  1. "Supergirl" (Album Version) – 2:55
  2. "Every Part of Me" – 3:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[13] 58
German Singles Chart[15] 42
U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[12] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hannah Montana 3 liner notes [CD] Walt Disney Records (2009).
  2. ^ "Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3". Walt Disney Records. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hannah Montana Music Player". Disneychannel.com. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Brooke Shields and Cody Linely Guest Star in a One-Hour Special of Hannah Montana Premiering Sunday, July 5 on Disney Channel" (Press release). Disney Channel. June 18, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Supergirl: Hannah Montana: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. Amazon.com. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hannah Montana 3 > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Wood, Miakel (July 1, 2009). "Hannah Montana 3". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Larsen, Peter (October 11, 2008). "Miley Cyrus plays brand-new 'Hannah' songs in Irvine". The Orange County Register. Freedom Communications. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Digital sheet music - Hannah Montana - Supergirl". Musicnotes.com. Alfred Publishing. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Truitt, Warren. "Hannah Montana Returns with a Soundtrack from Her Third Season". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Hannah Montana 3 > Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c "Singles Chart: "Supergirl"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Hannah Montana - Supergirl (Song)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Hannah Montana - Supergirl - Music Charts". aCharts.us. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Hannah Montana - Supergirl / Every Part of Me - Music Charts". aCharts.us. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 

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