The last time Hilary Duff released a studio album, a tweet was still primarily considered to be the sound that a bird made, tinder was still what you used to light a fire (no, not that kind of wood), and your average teen’s sense of self-worth hadn’t yet relied solely on virtual followers, Tumblr notes and Instagram likes.
My, how times have changed.
Hilary Duff has been out of the music scene for the better half of a decade, and her Disney princess status — a much-coveted calling card which hoisted her into teeny-bop superstardom in the early-to-mid ’00’s with dizzyingly cute cuts like “Come Clean,” “So Yesterday” and “Why Not?” — is now all but irrelevant to a culture of hashtag-happy teens who worship at the feet of doe-eyed Vine sensations and newer network TV-bred starlets like Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande who have twerked and ponytail-whipped their way to the top.
Then again, the actress-slash-singer has never belonged entirely to the pop music scene, and her discography would surely never exist without Lizzie McGuire. Even now, she stays torn between promoting her hit TV Land series Younger and her most recent foray into music.
In fact, it’s no small miracle that her latest record, Breathe In. Breathe Out. (out today, June 16), even happened at all.
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