It was the best of times… It was the worst of times…
The year was 2002 and Disney was NOT going to let its new crop of young talent go to waste after Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera grew out of the Mickey Mouse Club in the nineties and graduated into full-blown international pop superstars. Hilary Duff was the network’s biggest star at the time and her TV show “Lizzie McGuire” was getting the big-screen treatment in the summer of 2003. This is when Disney made the most important decision in our nation’s history by giving Hilary Duff a legitimate record deal and album! ‘Metamorphosis’ went on to go multi-platinum and make Hilary a huge pop star… and blah, blah, blah… You know how the rest of the story goes.
From Hilary Duff’s huge success, every network and production company with teen talent was hoping to recreate Hilary’s success. Suddenly every teen star was also moonlighting as a pop star! This was an era with some of the worst music ever.. But it gave some of our favorite teen-pop throwback girls of this millennium!
Now, Hilary Duff is the QUEEN of this class of pop tarts, but here are a few other memorable junior pop divas from Hilary’s reign in the mid 2000’s:
Better known as Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical franchise, Ashley Tisdale made some of the guiltiest pleasures in pop in the 2000’s! “Headstrong” debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 200 albums chart!
Another girl from the High School Musical saga, Vanessa Hudgens had a bit of success from her two albums “V” and “Identified.” Her first album included the musica video for “Say OK” which was one of the first videos to hit 100 million views on YouTube!
Aly & AJ
Aly Michalka was starring in the hit Disney show “Phil of the Future” but had a bit more success in her singer-songrwiter band Aly & AJ alongside her sister AJ Michalka. Their song “Potential Break-Up Song” was a top 10 hit on the Hot 100 songs chart and also the first song to go platinum under Disney’s Hollywood Records label!
Lindsay Lohan needs no introduction. She is to Hilary Duff what Christina Aguilera is to Britney Spears. “Rumors” was a top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 and her album “Speak” debuted at #4 on the Hot 200 albums chart!
Although she is best known as being Jessica Simpson‘s younger sister, Ashlee Simpson was a teen star dancing back-up for her older sister and starring in a recurring role on “7th Heaven.” She had a popular reality show that followed her as she recorded her debut album. Fun fact: Her first two albums both went platinum+ and also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart!
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