Santa Claus Lane

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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
ReleasedOctober 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)
Recorded2002
GenreTeen pop, dance-pop
Length33:29
LabelBuena Vista Records
ProducerAlain Bertoni, Chico Bennett, Matthew Gerrard, Chris Hamm, Charlie Midnight, Charlton Pettus, Andre Recke, Denny Weston, Jr.
Hilary Duff chronology
Santa Claus Lane
(2002)
Metamorphosis
(2003)
 
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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
ReleasedOctober 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)
Recorded2002
GenreTeen pop, dance-pop
Length33:29
LabelBuena Vista Records
ProducerAlain Bertoni, Chico Bennett, Matthew Gerrard, Chris Hamm, Charlie Midnight, Charlton Pettus, Andre Recke, Denny Weston, Jr.
Hilary Duff chronology
Santa Claus Lane
(2002)
Metamorphosis
(2003)

Santa Claus Lane is the debut album by American recording artist Hilary Duff. The album was released on October 15, 2002 by Buena Vista Records. The holiday album comprises teen pop and dance-pop music, while featuring guest appearances from Christina Milian, Lil' Romeo and Duff's sister Haylie.

The album 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.

Contents

Background

In 2001, Duff gained fame through her starring role in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire.[1] 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.'"[2] 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."[3] 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.'"[2]

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".[2] 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!"[4]

Composition

Santa Claus Lane, a Christmas album, includes songs of the teen pop and dance-pop genres.[5] "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.[4] 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.[4]

Release and promotion

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 movie Santa Claus 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.

Reception

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.[8] On December 9, 2003, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 shipments to retailers.[9]

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]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."What Christmas Should Be" (re-issue bonus track)Charlie Midnight, Matthew GerrardCharlton Pettus3:13
2."Santa Claus Lane"  Gerrard, Midnight, Bridget Benenate, Jay LandersGerrard2:43
3."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"  John Frederick Coots, Haven GillespieChris Hamm, Alain Bertoni3:36
4."I Heard Santa on the Radio" (featuring Christina Milian)Midnight, HammHamm, Bertoni4:02
5."Jingle Bell Rock"  Joe Beal, Jim BootheHamm, Bertoni2:48
6."When the Snow Comes Down in Tinseltown"  MidnightMidnight, Denny Weston, Jr. (co.)3:18
7."Sleigh Ride"  Leroy Anderson, Mitchell ParishHamm, Bertoni3:04
8."Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)" (featuring Lil' Romeo)Midnight, Chico Bennett, Landers, Master P, Lil' RomeoBennett, Midnight3:41
9."Last Christmas"  George MichaelHamm, Bertoni4:12
10."Same Old Christmas" (featuring Haylie Duff)Midnight, Marc SwerskyMidnight, Bennett (co.)3:17
11."Wonderful Christmastime"  Paul McCartneyHamm, Bertoni2:54
Total length:
36:41

Personnel

Credits for Santa Claus Lane adapted from Allmusic.[10]

Charts and certifications

Charts

Chart (2002)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[8]154
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[8]2
U.S. Billboard Top Kid Audio[8]2

Certifications

CountryCertifications
United StatesGold[9]

References

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Hilary Duff > Biography". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. http://allmovie.com/artist/hilary-duff-263869/bio. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 2007. "At Home with Hilary Duff" featurette on Dignity deluxe edition DVD. Hollywood Records.
  4. ^ a b c 2002. Santa Claus Lane (album liner notes). Buena Vista Records.
  5. ^ "Santa Claus Lane > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r613177. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "Santa Claus Lane: Hilary Duff: Music". Amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006LWQ5. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Santa Claus Lane [Extra Tracks]: Hilary Duff: Music". Amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000DBJ9S. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Hilary Duff > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p543502. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Database: Santa Claus Lane". Recording Industry Association of America. http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=santa%20claus%20lane&artist=hilary%20duff&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2010&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Santa Claus Lane - Credits". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). 2002-10-15. http://www.allmusic.com/album/santa-claus-lane-r613177/credits. Retrieved 2011-08-05.