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Hannah Montana is the soundtrack for the first season of the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana" that was released on October 24, 2006 by Walt Disney Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Hannah Montana Best Of Both Worlds 2:54
  2. Hannah Montana Who Said 3:15
  3. Hannah Montana Just Like You 3:14
  4. Hannah Montana Pumpin' Up The Party 3:10
  5. Hannah Montana If We Were A Movie 3:03
  6. Hannah Montana I Got Nerve 3:06
  7. Hannah Montana Other Side Of Me 3:07
  8. Hannah Montana This Is The Life 2:58
  9. The Click Five Pop Princess 4:24
  10. Jesse McCartney She's No You 3:33
  11. Everlife Find Yourself In You 3:35
  12. B5 Shining Star 2:44
  13. Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus I Learned From You 3:23

Album BackgroundEdit

During production of the first season of "Hannah Montana", Miley Cyrus commented that at the moment, they were focused on improving the series as much as possible, however recording a soundtrack for it was a plausible plan for the future.

The series itself premiered through the Disney Channel on March 24, 2006, and became an immediate commercial success. With 5.4 million viewers, the pilot episode earned the channel the highest ratings in its history at the time.

The following month, it was reported that an accompanying soundtrack and Cyrus' debut studio album had both begun production, the first of which was scheduled to be released during the fall of 2006.

These plans were expected to capitalize on promotional efforts that were previously used for Hilary Duff, who had successfully transitioned from the title character of the television series Lizzie McGuire into a career in the music industry in the early 2000s.

In the series, Cyrus portrays the character Miley Stewart, a teenager who lives the secret double life as the pop star Hannah Montana. She stated that "most songs for the first season reflect the show, with Miley or Hannah making sure the other doesn't get caught or whatever," opining that the tracks provided series producers with the opportunity to "make sure that everyone understood the characters".

By comparison, Cyrus described later material used by the series as "more speaking out to the fans."

CompositionEdit

The album incorporates elements of teen pop, pop rock, and country pop musical styles. Cyrus performs eight of its thirteen tracks, which are credited to Hannah Montana.

Her songs "The Best of Both Worlds" and "This Is the Life" describe the double life that Cyrus' character maintains, while "If We Were a Movie" and "I Got Nerve" respectively address a romantic desire and "girl power."

"Pop Princess" by The Click Five was described by Heather Phares from AllMusic as "sparkly power pop"; she also characterized "Find Yourself in You" by Everlife as "the template for Hannah's rock-edged pop".

The soundtrack closes with the country pop duet "I Learned From You" between Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus, which Phares felt drew influences from Vanessa Carlton.

The soundtrack was later reissued as a two-disc special edition, which saw the inclusion of the track "Nobody's Perfect" (which was later featured on the following soundtrack "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus").

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Hannah Montana" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 286,000 copies, becoming the fourth soundtrack from The Walt Disney Company to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. It was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for exceeding shipments of 3 million units.

As of January 2014, the album has sold 3,736,000 in the United States, becoming the second best-selling TV soundtrack (behind "High School Musical"). It has sold 3.74 million copies in the United States as of 2014.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Hannah Montana" received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who appreciated its overall production.

Writing for AllMusic, Heather Phares enjoyed Cyrus' deliveries of "cute, well-written songs", and added that the overall project was "sweet, starry-eyed, [and] utterly charming".

Jennifer Axman from Common Sense Media shared a similar sentiment, appreciating its "upbeat girl-power messages" and distinguishing "I Learned from You" as a stand-out track for its inspirational lyrics ("I learned from you that I do not crumble / I learned from you that strength is something you choose /.../ There is no question that's a lesson I learned from you").

MSN Music gave the record a 3.5 out of 5 stars, and listed it as an "essential album".

However, Chris Willman provided a more mixed review, commenting that Cyrus appeared to "mimic Avril, Ashlee, and Britney simultaneously", and felt that the concept of leading a double life was "a nice fantasy for Brangelina, but a weird one to push on little girls."

David Hiltbrand was also critical of the record, stating that its "generic pop" would irritate adult listeners, but acknowledged that it was "slickly executed" for appealing to its younger audience.

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