Guilty Pleasure is Ashley Tisdale's second studio album that was released on June 11, 2009 by Warner Bros. Records.
Tracklisting[edit | edit source]
- Acting Out 3:47
- It's Alright, It's Ok 3:00
- Masquerade 2:56
- Overrated 3:40
- Hot Mess 3:27
- How Do You Love Someone 3:28
- Tell Me Lies 3:38
- What If 4:23
- Erase And Rewind 3:27
- Hair 3:10
- Delete You 3:35
- Me Without You 4:14
- Crank It Up 3:01
- Switch 3:38
Deluxe Edition/Limited Edition/iTunes bonus tracks
- I'm Back
- Whatcha Waiting For
- Guilty Pleasure
- It's Alright, It's OK (Jason Nevins Radio Remix)
- Time's Up
- Blame It on the Beat
Album Background[edit | edit source]
In April of 2008, Ashley Tisdale said that she has recorded a few songs for the album and she would fully focus on the album after completing filming of "High School Musical 3."
She has noted that the songs in the album have a message and a story that anyone can relate to and hoped to reveal her "edgier" side with more mature songs. She also said the album was titled Guilty Pleasure because of her guilty pleasures.
Tisdale was involved in every aspect of the album's production. Her music inspirations for the album include Katy Perry and Pat Benatar.
The song "Switch" is also featured in the motion picture "Aliens in the Attic."
According to Tisdale: "I’ve been working on the second album for a year, and it’s something completely different from the first album. Doing the first album is a lot of learning about yourself -- I had to get to know what I like, even though I knew I wanted to do something pop and R&B. I went for more of a rock sound. I’m 23 now, so I’m growing up, and I wanted something more mature and edgier. I’m starting to show a side of myself that people don’t know."
Warner Bros. said that the first component of the label's album roll out was revealing Tisdale's new look with a relaunch of her web site in March and the cover of Cosmopolitan's April issue, saying: "We wanted to create a conversation and then follow quickly with the music."
"Guilty Pleasure" was set to be released on June 16, 2009 in North America, but it was pushed back to July 28, 2009, although it was released a month before, on June 12, 2009 in several countries such as Germany, Italy and Spain.
The album's release date in the US and Canada was preceded by an exclusive "Countdown to Guilty Pleasure" on iTunes for the U.S. and Canada, on which "Overrated", "What If" and "Acting Out" had promotional releases in each week.
The first two songs debuted on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart due to digital downloads at number three and number one, respectively.
Composition[edit | edit source]
The first single, "It's Alright, It's OK."
According to Tisdale, the song "is a strong, empowering song that kind of helps you move on" and continued to say: I have definitely on and with someone you really like, if they are cheating on you, you don't want to believe it. But, unfortunately, you either stay in the relationship and keep getting hurt because it keeps happening or you get up and you move on. You don't look back."
Tisdale said the song "Hot Mess" is "about hanging out with a motorcycle bad boy that makes life more interesting."
The song "How Do You Love Someone" written by Porcelain Black (aka, Alaina Beaton) is "about a girl who deals with the split of her parents". Tisdale also said, the song could be about "When you have been cheated on or you're in a relationship".
Black was initially reluctant to let Tisdale record the song, but eventually green-lit the track. However, she recorded her RedOne-produced version which will feature guest vocals by Eminem for her upcoming debut album.
Tisdale co-wrote several songs on the album such as "What If", which was co-written with Kara DioGuardi. She described "What If" as the most personal song on the album, saying that the song "is about when you’re in a relationship and you say 'If I really needed you, would you actually be there?’"
Chart Performance[edit | edit source]
"Guilty Pleasure" debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200, selling 37,000 copies during its first week. It dropped out of the chart after 8 weeks on the chart.
As of December 2010, the album has sold over 245,000 copies in the United States and 78,000 copies worldwide as of April 2011.
Critical Reception[edit | edit source]
Following its release, "Guilty Pleasure" generated mixed reviews from critics and has a 48 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on six critical reviews.
The most positive of reviews came from Allmusic's Stephen Erlewine, who gave the album three and a half stars out of five, stating that when Tisdale "sticks to the surface, she makes sure that Guilty Pleasure lives up to its title". However, the ballads were not as well received, stating that Tisdale "isn't convincing when she tries to deal in either pain or carnality".
Billboard gave the album a mixed review with four and a half stars out of ten, stating Tisdale "can deliver the radio-ready goods" but criticized the album as a whole and that it "doesn't give the singer room to comfortably let loose".
Digital Spy's Nick Levine praised the album for Tisdale's new sound, comparing her to the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Ashlee Simpson.
Levine praised tracks such as "It's Alright, It's OK", "Erase and Rewind" and "Hot Mess", however was not impressed with "Crank It Up", stating it "shamelessly rips off Britney's robopop sound, right down to the Spears-aping vocals"; he went on to give the album three out of five stars.
The most negative of reviews came from Margaret Wappler of the Los Angeles Times who only gave the album one and a half out of four stars. Wappler said the album has "few glimmers of hope" and went on to criticize the producers as "not seem[ing] to have gifted Tisdale with their best work."
Promotion[edit | edit source]
In March of 2009, Tisdale embarked on a press European promo tour in March 2009, where she visited the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.
She began a promo radio tour in May 2009 for United States. On April 14, 2009, she was presenting the lead single of the album on On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
A month later, Tisdale performed for first time a few songs from the album at the 2009 KISS Concert on May 17, 2009.
The music video of "It's Alright, It's OK" was shown in 6,600 movie theatres in the United States. In early June 2009, she started her second promotional tour for Europe, visiting Germany, Italy and Spain, here performed on several television shows, such as German Wetten, dass..? and Comet Awards, Spanish Fama and Operación Triunfo, and Italian TRL.
Her first performance in the American television was on June 16, 2009, performing the first single and "Masquerade" on Good Morning America, later Tisdale and her band promoted the album on several American television shows including Today Show and America's Got Talent.
Tisdale (along with her band) performed several free concerts across the United States, including the opening for the first Microsoft Store on Scottsdale, Arizona on October 22, 2009.
Later in the month, Tisdale performed "It's Alright, It's OK" at the MTV Latin Video Music Awards held in Mexico. She also performed songs from Guilty Pleasure and recorded live performances for AOL Sessions and Walmart Soundcheck, the last being released as a digital Extended Play on August 4, 2009.