All About You (Hilary Duff song)

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"All About You"
Hilary Duff - All About You.png
Single by Hilary Duff
from the album Breathe In. Breathe Out. (Japanese Edition)
Released August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 2:42
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Lundin
  • Falk
Hilary Duff singles chronology
"Chasing the Sun"
(2014)
"All About You"
(2014)
"Sparks"
(2015)

"Chasing the Sun"
(2014)
"All About You"
(2014)
"Sparks"
(2015)
Music video
"All About You" on YouTube

"All About You" is a song recorded by American singer Hilary Duff from her fifth studio album Breathe In. Breathe Out. (2015). The song was released on August 12, 2014 by RCA Records, as the second single following the lead single, "Chasing the Sun".[1] Written by Duff, Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha, and Carl Falk, "All About You" a folk pop and pop rock song, having a banjo, handclaps, and a "heavy hand" drum as the song's instrumentation. Lyrically, the song talks about how the protagonist is so hooked on her boyfriend that she is willing to prove her true love for him anywhere.

Critics found similarities between "All About You" and songs from Taylor Swift and The Lumineers. The song became more successful than "Chasing the Sun" in Australia, where it managed to reach the top 20, the first time a Duff song had done so in nine years. Elsewhere, it had less impact, failing to enter the Billboard Hot 100 but managing to chart on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and Top 40 Mainstream.

Duff released a lyric video for the song, where she appeared seducing the camera, with a succession of extreme close-ups of Duff. The official music video was directed by Declan Whitebloom and it finds the singer chasing a guy she meets at a diner, while also doing a choreography with her dancers. The singer has promoted the track with some live performances on The X Factor (Australia), Good Morning America and Live with Kelly & Michael.

Background and release[edit]

After spending six years without releasing new music, Duff announced she was recording her upcoming new album. "I'm working with a lot of people. I'm still writing, so that process is still going on," she told MTV News during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards red carpet. She also described the album as an "earthy, indie-pop vibe"[2] and that a new single was going to be out "soon".[3] On July 29, 2014, Duff released "Chasing the Sun" as the project's buzz-single.[4][5] The song received mostly favorable reviews from music critics,[6] and debuted at number 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, less than a month after the release of "Chasing the Sun", Duff announced that she would release a new single called "All About You" on August 11, 2014.[7] Additionally, she tweeted out the cover art for the song, featuring Duff "looking boho chic in a black hat, low-cut black dress, capelet and lots of silver rings", as described by Jocelyn Vena from Billboard.[8]

Composition[edit]

"All About You" is a folk pop and pop rock song[9][10] with an approximate length of two minutes and fory-two seconds. The song was written by Hilary Duff, Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha and Carl Falk.[11] Its instrumentation consists of a banjo, handclaps, and the "heavy hand" of a drum, which according to Carolyn Menyes of Music Times, results in the song sounding like "a big ol' stomping party".[12] Seventeen magazine's Kristin Harris found the song to sound like a mix of Taylor Swift, The Lumineers, and "old-school Hilary".[10] Emily Blake of MTV News echoed the same thought, writing that the guitar-driven track starts out like a Lumineers or Mumford & Sons joint but noticing that it "builds into something far more peppy, poppy and, well, Hilary Duff."[13]

Lyrically, "All About You" incorporates romantic innuendos,[14] with Duff talking about how hooked she is on her boyfriend, and she is willing to prove her true love for him by "turning the lights down" and going to action.[11] "Think you're all about me / But I'm all about you," she sings. "Turn the lights down let me show you it's true / Get a lot of taste what I'm into."[14] For Emily Blake, the song is about "that honeymoon-phase kind of love — the kind of feeling when you're addicted to thinking about someone new."[13] Lucas Villa of AXS noted that "lyrically and vocally, Hilary shows a more mature side to herself on 'All About You'."[15]

Critical response[edit]

The song received universal acclaim from music critics. According to Nolan Feeney of Time magazine, "All About You" is in the "same twangy folk-pop vein" as "Chasing the Sun", but that it is a "huge improvement", writing that "All About You" has the "kind of rowdy punch" that is required to get a comeback "really cooking".[9] He wrote that while comparisons to Taylor Swift are inevitable, Duff's "nod to her Texan roots" is "attention-grabbing" and effortless.[9] Feeney concluded that "the world should have heard this one first".[9] Jason Lipshutz of Billboard praised the song, naming it "a no-nonsense pop tour de force," [with] the folk undertones, handclaps, shout-along chorus and deliriously enjoyable melodies [that] make this the winning comeback bid that Duff fans were hoping to hear when she announced her return to music."[16]

Carolyn Menyes of Music Times praised Duff's voice for "wander[ing] into its own territory, playing against the music and making an irresistible combination." Menyes also praised the "sing along 'Hey baby baby' refrain in the pre-chorus," noting that "it's nearly impossible not to at least bop your head to the powerful chorus."[12] Lucas Villa of AXS pointed out that the song "certainly sounds like it could be Hilary's next big hit,"[15] while Mike Wass of Idolator classified the song as "the kind of sassy, sing-a-long summer anthem we've been expecting from the pop deity who brought us classics like 'So Yesterday' and 'Come Clean'."[17] Michelle McGahan of Pop Crush was complimentary with the folk-rock tone for "add[ing] a rich depth and maturity to Duff's sound [...] that is only enhanced by the slightly provocative lyrics."[18]

Chart performance[edit]

In Australia, "All About You" made its debut on the ARIA Charts at number 21, during the week of September 21, 2014. It later climbed to number 20, becoming Duff's first top-twenty hit in nine years in the country, with the last being "Beat of My Heart" (2005).[19] It was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments of 35,000 copies,[20] becoming her first certified single there in ten years. Elsewhere, the song received little impact on the charts, reaching number 91 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, lower than her previous single, "Chasing the Sun",[21] and failing to debut on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, though it did reach number 19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles extension.[22] It fared better on some Billboard component charts, including the Pop Songs, where it has reached number 38.[23]

Music video[edit]

Lyric video[edit]

On August 19, 2014, Duff released a lyric video for "All About You" on YouTube.[24] The lyric video features a succession of extreme close-ups of Duff belting the lyrics appearing to be in the nude, while also having dancing embers and subtle flashes of orbs, as noted by Marc Inocencio from Ryan Seacrest.com.[25] Bradley Stern of Idolator praised the lyric video for showing a sexy side of Duff, and she herself was praised for "actually appearing in the song's lyric video."[24] Mandi Salemo of Pop Crush complimented the lyric video, calling it "a cute, flirtatious vid that Hilary looks gorgeous in (of course), and it makes us even more excited to see what the actual music video will be like."[26]

Official video[edit]

Duff wrote on her Twitter account on 4 September that she was filming the single's music video, which was directed by Declan Whitebloom, whom Duff previously worked with on the video for "Chasing the Sun". Based on paparazzi photographs, Duff was seen wearing a short skirt and fishnets, sitting in a golden Mercedes-Benz convertible other than dancing with several backup dancers.[27] On September 18, 2014, Duff posted a picture on her Twitter account in which she said the video was going to be released on September 24.[28] She also revealed that the video was going to have choreography, declaring: "The choreography was actually pretty easy, but it was a lot of rehearsals and I wanted to be so particular because I'm not, like, a dancer and I didn't want to be, like, super-sexy time dancing. I wanted something different about it that was more me," she told MTV News.[29] As described by Thomas Chau of Pop Crush:

"The Cinderella-esque video begins with Duff innocently sitting in a diner when glances across and sees a hunky guy not far from her. She snaps a photo of the guy to share with her friends but before she's able to say anything, he leaves behind a record. Duff and her girlfriends vow to help her find the guy and armed with only the record and her cell photo of him, she embarks on a trip to find the guy that stole her heart."[30]

Live performances[edit]

Duff performed "All About You" live for the first time on The X Factor Australia on September 8, 2014.[31] The following day, Duff presented an acoustic version of the single on "Take 40 Australia". She also performed the song on Australian television talkshow Sunrise on September 11, 2014.[31] Duff sang the song for the first time, on live television in the US, on Good Morning America on October 7, 2014 and on Live! With Kelly and Michael on October 8, 2014.

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Songwriting – Hilary Duff, Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk
  • Production – Kristian Lundin, Carl Falk
  • Guitar – Carl Falk
  • Engineering – Cory Bice, John Hanes
  • Mixing – Serban Ghenea

Credits adapted from Qobuz.com[32]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[19] 20
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 91
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[33] 60
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[34] 27
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[35] 69
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[22] 19
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[23] 38

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[36] August 12, 2014 Digital download RCA
Austria[37] August 13, 2014 Sony
Belgium[38]
France[38]
Germany[37]
Italy[39]
Spain[40]
Switzerland[37]
United States[41] August 26, 2014 Mainstream radio RCA
Japan[42] October 22, 2014 Digital download Sony
United Kingdom[43] July 6, 2015 RCA

References[edit]

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