Come Clean (Hilary Duff song)

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"Come Clean"
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Single by Hilary Duff
from the album Metamorphosis
B-side"Why Not"
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
GenrePop rock
Producer(s)John Shanks
Hilary Duff singles chronology
"So Yesterday"
"Come Clean"
"Little Voice"

"Come Clean" is a song recorded by American singer Hilary Duff for her second studio album, Metamorphosis (2003). It was written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, while production was handled by Shanks. The song contains influences of electronica, with the lyrics chronicling the protagonist wanting to "come clean" with her love interest, from a strained relationship. "Come Clean" was received by critics with mixed reviews. The song was released on January 13, 2004 as the album's second single.

In the United States, the song peaked at number thirty-five, becoming Duff's first top forty single on the Billboard Hot 100. It would later go on to become her best-selling single in the United States.[1] However, the song failed to match the success of its predecessor "So Yesterday" in many other countries. It reached a peak of number seventeen in Australia and eighteen in the UK, while charting inside top twenty in Canada, Netherlands, Ireland and New Zealand. A remix of the song by Chris Cox was included in Duff's 2005 compilation album, Most Wanted, this version was also included on her Dignity Walmart edition Remix EP as the Dance Mix in 2007, and in 2008, another remix of the song by Chico Bennett & Richard "Humpty" Vission was included in Best of Hilary Duff.

The song was accompanied by a music video, directed Dave Meyers, which showed Duff inside a house on a rainy day, waiting for her love interest. The video was nominated in the category of Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The song was used in the theatrical trailer for the 2004 film A Cinderella Story, which stars Duff. It was used as the theme song for the MTV reality television shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, and it is included on the soundtrack album for Laguna Beach.


In a 2005 interview with News Times, Duff said that the song is "obviously about a boy and a girl's relationship and it's just talking about how somebody thinks they're in the dark."[2] "She's tired of it and he's tired of it and they're coming clean, whether it means they're gonna be together or not. They're laying all the cards out on the table and coming out with everything that hasn't been said basically.", she said.[2] Duff cited the song as her favorite on Metamorphosis, saying it is "a little more mellow" than her previous single, "So Yesterday", "but it's not really pop. It sounds sort of like techno, but it's slow. It's really cool."[3]

Musically, "Come Clean" is a moderately fast song in a tempo of 120 beats per minute. Written in the key of B Major,[4] it features the sequence of G#mj7—E2—G#mj7 as its chord progression.[4] Duff's vocals span from the note of F#3 to the note of B4.[4]

Music video[edit]

Development and release[edit]

The single's music video was directed by Dave Meyers and filmed in Los Angeles on November 23, 2003.[5] Meyers said of the video, "I'm trying to do something where you're taking her [Duff] very seriously ... very dramatic and very feminine, and sort of almost sensual. I don't think we've ever seen that from her. She's been a bit of a pop icon, so I'm just trying to give her a bit more credibility on an artist front."[5]

In the U.S., the video premiered on MTV's Total Request Live on January 14, 2004. It entered the show's top ten video countdown the following day at number eight,[6] and spent twenty-five days on the countdown, peaking at number three.[7][8] It also reached the top 5 of Total Request Live UK.


In the video, Duff is shown in her house during a rainy day (reflecting the rain reference in the chorus of the song[5]), walking from room to room. Her friends arrive and watch television with her in the living room. The rainstorm intensifies over the course of the day, and the interior scenes are intercut with shots of Duff's boyfriend driving to her house in a car. At the end of the video, the boyfriend arrives at the house, and Duff ventures out into the rain to meet him; they kiss as the video ends. According to Meyers, "We never do know if the guy in the end is a boyfriend or friend or what the drama is. It's just all very photogenic and sophisticated and not too colorful."[5] Duff said that the video "really shows that she's kind of in this monotone mood throughout the whole thing. She doesn't show too much emotion except that she's waiting for this boy, this guy, to come. You can't tell when they're running toward each other if they're gonna kiss or they're gonna hug or they're gonna hit each other. It's a bunch of different emotions."


The video was nominated in the category of Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The song won her a TMF Award in the Fake ID Category, and assisted her in winning the 2004 World Music Award for Best New Artist.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of February 28, 2004, at number 53, and eventually peaked at number 35.[9] As of July 27, 2014, the song had sold 655,000 digital copies in the United States.[1]

Track listing[edit]


Adapted from the liner notes[15]

  • John Shanks - producer
  • Rob Chiarelli - recording, mixing


Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[16] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[17] 33
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 2
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 7
France (SNEP)[19] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 17
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[24] 12
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 78
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 35
US Billboard Pop Songs[20] 9
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[20] 37


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[28] Gold 500,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[29] January 13, 2004 Mainstream radio
Australia[30] January 19, 2004 Maxi single WEA International
United Kingdom April 12, 2004 CD single[31]
Maxi single[32]
Germany[33] June 28, 2004 Maxi single
United States[34] October 19, 2004 Digital download (AOL Broadband Rocks! November 22, 2003) Hollywood Records


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  3. ^ Moss, Corey. "Hilary Duff Plans Break From Movies". MTV News. September 8, 2003.
  4. ^ a b c "Hilary Duff Digital Sheet Music: Come Clean".
  5. ^ a b c d D'Angelo, Joe and Moss, Corey. "Hilary Duff To 'Come Clean' To Fans In Next Clip". MTV News. November 24, 2003.
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  8. ^ "The TRL Archive - Recap - March 2004".
  9. ^ Billboard Hot 100 Week of February 28, 2004
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  14. ^ Come Clean: Hilary Duff: Music
  15. ^ Metamorphosis. Hollywood Records (Media notes). 2003.
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  24. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
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  26. ^ " – Hilary Duff – Come Clean". Swiss Singles Chart.
  27. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  28. ^ "American single certifications – Hilary Duff – Come Clean". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  29. ^ "®R&R :: Going For Adds™ :: CHR/Top 40". 2004-01-12. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  30. ^ Plastic Underground Melbourne Australia (2004-04-10). "Hilary Duff - The Official Australian Hilary Duff Website". Archived from the original on April 10, 2004. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  31. ^ "Come Clean: Music". Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  32. ^ "Come Clean: Music". Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  33. ^ "Come Clean: Musik". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  34. ^ &#8250 Hilary Duff. "AOL Broadband Rocks! November 22, 2003: Hilary Duff: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2013-11-24.

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