12 Things We Know About Hilary Duff’s Comeback Album

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1. She has a record deal!

After months of writing and recording new material, Hilary announced she had signed a record deal in March of this year. While the label has yet to be announced, it’s a major step forward for Hilary who has been unsigned since she left Hollywood Records in 2008.

She has a record deal!

2. It’s not going to be a dance album.

While she was originally planning on releasing an EDM-influenced album, in May she told MTV News that her new music now has an “earthy, indie-pop” sound.

It's not going to be a dance album.

3. Pop genius Charli XCX wants to be involved.

Last year the singer-songwriter tweeted her desire to write for Hilary’s upcoming album. While there Hilary’s team never publicly responded, Charli doesn’t seem deterred — in January she told BANG Showbiz that writing for Hilary “would be awesome.” Maybe the with “Fancy” blowing up the charts, Hilary will finally start paying attention.

12 Things We Know About Hilary Duff’s Comeback Album

4. Ed Sheeran wrote a song for her.

While Hilary might not work with Charli XCX, at least we know she’s worked with another indie-darling-turned-major-popstar: Ed Sheeran. That’s right, Hilary recorded a song written by Taylor Swift’s BFF! In May she Instagrammed a picture of herself in the recording studio with Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran wrote a song for her.

5. Get ready for “So Yesterday Pt. II”

It’s been ten years since “So Yesterday” made her a major pop star but instead of trying to forget the past, Hilary’s trying to relive it! She’s confirmed this month that she’s reteaming with “So Yesterday” writer Lauren Christy to write songs for the new album.

12 Things We Know About Hilary Duff’s Comeback Album

6. She’s coming for that Top 40 smash.

The album may have an “indie-pop vibe” but Hilary is working with some of the best hitmakers in the business. A shortlist of songwriters includes Ian Kirkpatrick, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins and Billy Mann.

She’s coming for that Top 40 smash.

7. She’s been an active part of the writing process.

While Hilary is working with some of the best songwriters in the business, she’s clearly taking a hands-on approach to the songwriting process. She’s credited as a co-writer on all the new songs registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

She’s been an active part of the writing process.

8. Lots of confirmed song titles!

Between Hilary’s Instagram and the songs registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, we already know the titles of twelve songs: “Better Days,” “Hurts,” “Outlaw,” “Tearing Down Walls,” “Take It For What It Is,” “Breathing Room,” “Northern Star,” “Night Like This,” “Snow Globe,” “This Heart,” “Wild Night Out” and “It All Starts Tonight.”

12 Things We Know About Hilary Duff’s Comeback Album

9. There might be a duet.

Back in March Hilary posted photo of herself in the recording studio on Instagram. In the caption, she wrote, “‘Night like this’ complete now need a male vocal! Any takers?” Here’s to hoping she found a singing partner!

There might be a duet.

10. She’s not holding back lyrically.

If you were curious to hear how she feels about her separation from husband Mike Comrie, it looks like you’ll get your answer in the form of a song. Between the lyrics she’s been posting on Instagram and all the song titles, she doesn’t appear to be holding anything back.

She’s not holding back lyrically.

11. It’s probably gonna sound something like this:

Last month music producer Jerrod Bettis posted an instrumental snippet of new Hilary song to his Instagram. When news of the clip broke, he took the clip down but not before a quick-acting fan uploaded it to YouTube.

12. Her comeback can’t come soon enough!

Fans have been waiting for this album for the better part of a decade. Hilary released her last album, Dignity, in 2007. While there have been soundtrack singles and a “Best Of” album, it’s been over seven years since Hilary’s last major release. Her fans have been waiting a long time to make this new album — whatever it sounds like — a major hit.

Her comeback can’t come soon enough!

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