In 2014, after years out of the spotlight, Hilary Duff released her first new songs of the 2010s. Last year, she released her first album in 8 years, Breathe In. Breathe Out. It was great album, launched with the pop single “Sparks” and featuring highlights like the Ed Sheeran penned “Tattoo.” But in spite of a strong debut and enthusiasm from fans, the album had little promo after its release. The Breathe In. Breathe Out. era was cut short, and Hilary turned to filming season two of her TV series, Younger. At the beginning of 2016, Hilary released a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Little Lies” for Younger, and the show was renewed for season three.
Hilary had moved on from Breathe In. Breathe Out., but new music was still on her mind. She seemed undecided about what to do early in 2016, and when she was removed from her label RCA’s website in April, fans were worried about her future in music. Luckily, Hilary surprised fans with unexpected studio updates this spring. She is working on new music – hopefully for a new album – and it will be great to hear more about Hilary’s plans. At this time, it looks like a new album could be ready sometime in 2017. It would be Hilary’s 5th regular studio album, 6th if you include her 2002 holiday album.
Mixed Feelings About Recording Another Album
On January 6th, Hilary Duff participated in the Television Critics Association panel with the cast of her TV show, Younger. During the event, Hilary was asked about her music, and she stated that being on Younger has not ebbed her desire to do music. She had worked out a schedule where she can write new music between her time on the show and hanging out with her son, Luca. It was great to learn that she was figuring out how to work on music along with her other responsibilities.
A few days later, on January 11th, Hilary appeared on a radio interview with Sirius XM. When talking about new music, she mentioned that she would need to find herself again and figure out where she wanted to go musically.
I will! I’m kind of like… you know, I had my record come out and that was a big step forward because I hadn’t recorded in so long. And so I would choose a different record and to do something different. But it’s like, I gotta find myself again. And it’ll happen. I don’t know if I could ever REALLY tour again, like I have a kid and that’s really important to me. But I love making records, so I’m cool going into the studio, I’m cool writing, I could do promo. But I would never [tour]… it takes so much!
You can listen to the full interview below. She starts talking about music around the 4:35 mark:
On January 12th, E! Online shared a new interview with Hilary talking about her future music plans. As Hilary explained,
I have a little bit of a break before we start shooting again, and I’m trying to decide if I want to make a record or if I want to be a mom. You know. I mean I’m always gonna be a mom, but just be a mom. It’s unfortunate. I think music will always be a part of my life, you know, I have such loyal fans out there, and I think I need to just wrap my head around the fact that like, “I’m gonna make a record and see what sticks,” and I’ll promote it and do what I can. But going on tour or doing that you know, I have a child and I love doing pick-ups and drop-offs at school, and going in and doing arts and crafts with the kids one day. Also, we shoot this show in New York, so I’m gone a lot for those three months. I don’t know. I really do crave normalcy in my life. So we’ll so how all of that can fit in now and fulfill my need for just being normal.
You can see the full video below:
Hilary No Longer With RCA Records
Around April 23, 2016, some fans noticed that Hilary Duff is no longer listed on RCA’s artists roster. Hilary signed with RCA Records in spring 2014, and they released Breathe In. Breathe Out. a year later. It seems that the contract was only for the one album and Hilary has not re-signed with them.
For now, it looks like Hilary may be unsigned. She could end up shopping her album around when it’s ready, or she may find a label sooner. Time will tell.
Working On New Music!
On May 5th, Hilary surprised fans on Snapchat with an unexpected studio picture!
— Hilary Duff News (@HilaryNews) May 5, 2016
On May 24th, Hilary shared a short, 5-second clip. It only showed her feet, but it was complemented by a new song. In the video, we can hear Hilary singing, “All the precious memories, they haunt me, haunt me.” (A month later, Hilary confirmed that this song is called “Tied To You.”) Check out the Snapchat video below, shared by Hilary Duff News on Twitter:
— Hilary Duff News (@HilaryNews) May 25, 2016
That same day, Hilary shared another Snapchat video, this time showing her and two guys in the studio repeatedly singing “Buuuh ya!” See the clip:
— Hilary Duff News (@HilaryNews) May 25, 2016
Hilary Confirms She’s (Slowly) Working On New Music
On June 23rd, a few new interviews with Hilary Duff were published, and they confirmed some exciting news: Not only does Hilary have a new manager, she’s also working on new music! Hilary told AOL:
Music is such a part of my life and my makeup, though, that I don’t think I’ll ever stop doing it. I just don’t think it’ll ever be on the scale that it used to be. I was in the studio a week ago just messing around, though, and I’m working with a new manager, so it’s definitely still going on. It’s just a little bit on the back burner.
Hilary talked more about the new music to E Online, saying that the songs she’s been working on lately are a bit darker. She also confirmed that the song she shared in May is called “Tied To You.” She’s just casually recording music for now, but is thinking about making a full album.
I was in the studio a few weeks ago, and I tend to do this a few weeks before filming…Just during the season it kind of helps me get excited for the possibility of making a new record or having something to play people.
It’s a bit of a darker tone. The one I teased [on Snapchat] is called “Tied To You.” It has a little big of a heavier, darker sound. But it changes all the time.
Two New Songs Registered on HFA Songfile
On July 8th, fans noticed that two new Hilary Duff songs had been registered on HFA Songfile. Both “Tied To You” (fans have previously heard a snippet of this on Hilary’s Snapchat) and “Let Me Miss Ya” were co-written by Hilary, Brett Leland McLaughlin, Nick Monson, and Gino Maurice Barletta.
It’s great to know that Hilary is officially recording new music already! Hopefully these are songs that will end up on her next studio album; otherwise, the new music could be for another project. Hilary’s next album could be out in 2017 if things go well. She is currently filming the third season of her TV show, Younger.