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Hannah Montana 3 is the third season soundtrack for "Hannah Montana" that was released on July 6, 2009 by Walt Disney Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. It's All Right Here 3:49
  2. Let's Do This 3:32
  3. Mixed Up 3:52
  4. He Could Be The One 3:00
  5. Just A Girl 3:35
  6. I Wanna Know You (with David Archuleta) 2:47
  7. Supergirl 2:54
  8. Every Part Of Me 3:30
  9. Ice Cream Freeze (Let's Chill) 3:07
  10. Don't Wanna Be Torn 3:28
  11. Let's Get Crazy 2:35
  12. I Wanna Know You 2:46
  13. Mitchel Musso Let's Make This Last 4Ever 3:12
  14. If We Were A Movie (with Corbin Bleu) 3:04

Album BackgroundEdit

During 2008 and 2009, Miley Cyrus recorded songs for the third season of the television series and for "Hannah Montana: The Movie", the feature film based on the show, repeating "Let's Do This" and "Let's Get Crazy" the movie's soundtrack and the show's.

Several producers and songwriters worked on songs for the album including, American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi who co-produced and co-wrote "Mixed Up", "He Could Be the One", "Supergirl" and "Don't Wanna Be Torn".

"The Best of Both Worlds" writing team Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil contributed to the album as well, in "Ice Cream Freeze". Colleen Fitzpatrick (Vitamin C) is a writer on "Let's Get Crazy" and Tim James on "Let's Do This" which was originally written and recorded by country singer Adam Tefteller before recorded by Cyrus as Montana.

The only song not to feature vocals by Cyrus is the track "Let's Make This Last 4Ever" which is performed by Hannah Montana co-star Mitchel Musso.

Two duets (though both were originally recorded by only Cyrus): "I Wanna Know You" with David Archuleta and a new version of Hannah Montana's "If We Were a Movie" with Corbin Bleu that was used in the season two finale are also featured on the album.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Hannah Montana 3" debuted and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 137,000 copies. It also peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top Digital Albums chart and #18 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart.

The album also topped Billboard's Top Kid Audio and Top Soundtracks charts as well.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Hannah Montana 3" received generally favorable reviews from music critics.

Heather Phares of AllMusic, spoke of the album negatively, even more than "Hannah Montana 2" and "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

On the review, Phares complains that the albums have not grown since the commence of the franchise by stating: "Miley Cyrus was 13 years old when she started performing as Hannah Montana, but by the time Hannah Montana 3 was released, she was nearly 17. That's a pretty big span of time in a teenager's life, but you'd never know it from listening to these songs."

Another point which was brought by the reviewer was that the alteration from "fizzy pop" to "searching ballads" was too sudden.

She described "Ice Cream Freeze (Let's Chill)" as "extremely similar" to Cyrus's own "Hoedown Throwdown" which wasn't received well by critics and others were too "equally cookie-cutter". According to AllMusic, the nadir of the album is "Just a Girl".

She mentioned "the only thing worse than a big star singing about how fame has damaged her is a big child star singing about how fame has damaged her." Overall, she said: "Hannah Montana 3 seems to give fans exactly what they want, but the calculation behind this music overwhelms the fun that used to be in it."

Warren Truit of About.com, looked at the album also from "a preteen's point of view" and taking into account that the songs are not supposed to represent her real life.

Truit compared "It's All Right Here" and "He Could Be the One" to Shania Twain. He said the songs were a mix of Gwen Stefani, Joan Jett and Avril Lavigne with "fizzy Radio Disney pop rock". They also felt "Ice Cream Freeze" was just as "goofy" as "Hoedown Throwdown".

As a summary he commented: "When it comes down to it, the Hannah Montana 3 Soundtrack is harmless, poppy fun for preteen music fans. The tunes on the Hannah Montana 3 Soundtrack may be a little cookie-cutter, but at least the songwriters realize who their audience is and they deliver the goods, unlike the Jonas Brothers' recent genre-jumping mishmash disaster Lines, Vines and Trying Times. Hannah Montana devotees will absolutely love the Hannah Montana 3 Soundtrack, and parents can actually tolerate most of the songs on the album."

Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly, was also on a lighter and more positive perspective on the album. He said: "Teen-pop partisans worried by Miley Cyrus' Nashville vibe in Hannah Montana The Movie can breathe easy: These tunes from Cyrus' TV show trade the fiddles for bubble-grunge guitars. I Wanna Know You, a duet with David Archuleta, is a mite too earnest, but Supergirl rocks like primo Kelly Clarkson."

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