- With Love (Hilary Duff song)
Name = With Love
Cover size =
Album = Dignity
Released = Start date|2007|2|20
(see release history)
CD single, digital download, promo single
Dance pop, electropop, techno
Length = 3:03
Label = Hollywood
Writer = Hilary Duff,
Vada Nobles, Kara DioGuardi
Producer = Vada Nobles, Logic
Audio sample? =
Last single =
This single =
Next single =
Misc = Extra chronology
Artist = Hilary Duff
Last single = "Play with Fire"
This single = "With Love"
Next single = "Stranger"
Artist = Hilary Duff
Last single = "Fly"
This single = "With Love"
Next single = "Stranger"
Artist = Hilary Duff
Last single = "
Beat of My Heart"
This single = "With Love"
Next single = "Play with Fire"
(2007)Extra track listing
Album = Dignity
Type = studio
prev_track = "Dignity"
prev_no = 2
this_track = "With Love"
track_no = 3
next_track = "Danger"
next_no = 4
"With Love" is a
dance-popsong written by Hilary Duff, Vada Noblesand Kara DioGuardi, released as the second U.S. single and the first non-U.S. single from Duff's third studio album, "Dignity" (2007). It features heavy elements of dance musicand electropop, in contrast to most of Duff's previous material, and it is a love songabout a relationship in which one party appreciates criticism and advice from the other.
The single was released to U.S. radio on
February 20, 2007(see 2007 in music) and as a digital downloadon March 13, and it attracted positive comment from sources such as "Billboard" magazine and " The New York Times". "With Love" reached the top forty on the "Billboard" Hot 100, becoming Duff's highest peaking single, and it was a number-one club hit after being subject to remixes by producers such as Richard Vission. Outside the U.S., the single had less success, attaining top forty positions in Australiaand the United Kingdom. The song and its music video, which won Duff a Teen Choice Awardand a MuchMusic Video Award, respectively, were significant aspects of the promotional campaign for her 2006 fragrance, With Love... Hilary Duff.
tyle, subject matter and reviews
"With Love" is a moderately fast song that has a 4/4
time signatureand a tempoof 120 beats per minute, and it is in the key of Cmusic|sharp minor. [http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0058108 "Hilary Duff Digital Sheet Music: With Love"] . Musicnotes.com.] "Billboard" magazine described it as "a beat-happy track that delivers a propulsive, guitar-laden, bleep-heavy hook", and About.comwrote that the song comprises " [e] lectronic bleeps with hand-clapping and finger-snapping beats", Duff's "adult pop vocals" and an "attack" of a " [c] runchy, dance-rockguitar [that] underlines the hook". The vocal rangerequired for the song is E3 to Cmusic|sharp5. According to Duff, the song is about having a "crazy job" but being kept "sane" by "that one person" with whom they are in a relationship, "and letting that person know that you appreciate criticism or advice because you know it comes from a place of love.""It's a Won-Duff-Ful Life!". "tvhits". May 2007, no. 210, pg. 24–5.]
"With Love" received a positive review from Chuck Taylor of "Billboard", who stated that the song "serves to reinvent the appealing singer as a boogie diva. It's a daring approach, and one that sets Hils apart from so many
rhythmicacts homogenizing the pop airwaves."Taylor, Chuck. [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/singles/e3id6711bf991099dfaab9e2d4ca62b2fa5 "With Love - Hilary Duff"] . "Billboard". Retrieved February 12 2007.] It was also well received by Bill Lamb of About.com, who said "on "With Love", [...] style and elegance combine with an irresistible hook to make a record difficult for pop radio to ignore"; Lamb continued that the single "looks poised to break down the [pop radio] walls" for Duff and reach the top ten, and that "Duff sounds like a Kylie Minoguedisciple in the making."Lamb, Bill. [http://top40.about.com/od/singles/gr/hduffwlove.htm "Hilary Duff - With Love"] . About.com. Retrieved March 2 2007.] The song was ranked sixty-seventh on About.com's "Top 100 Pop Songs 2007" list. [Lamb, Bill. [http://top40.about.com/od/bestandworstof2007/tp/top100songs2007.03.htm "Top 100 Pop Songs 2007"] . About.com. Retrieved January 6 2008.] A review for the UK television program " Newsround" called it a track that "Kylie or Madonna would love to have on their next album" and predicted that it would be a top twenty hit. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_6450000/newsid_6455700/6455775.stm "Single review: Hilary Duff - With Love"] . " Newsround". March 16 2007. Retrieved March 24 2007.] Kelefa Sannehof " The New York Times" described the song as "a tart dance track", [Sanneh, Kelefa. [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/02/arts/music/02choi.html?pagewanted=1 "Hilary Duff maintains dignity on new album"] . " The New York Times". April 15 2007.] and TeenHollywood.com said it "has a Gwen-Stefani-in-a- rah-rah-skirtfeel to it." [Husband, Stuart. [http://www.teenhollywood.com/d.asp?r=146202&p=3 "Interview: Hot for Hilary"] . TeenHollywood.com. April 5 2007. Retrieved June 28 2007.]
The song is featured in the online
Nexon Americamultiplayer dance competition game " Audition Online" and was used in the television commercial for it. [ Nexon America Inc.. [http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/04-09-2007/0004561661&EDATE= "Hilary Duff to Contribute Latest Single to Nexon America's New Dance Game"] . PR Newswire. April 9 2007.] It won in the category of Choice Music: Love Song at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards. [ [http://www.fox.com/teenchoice/winners/ "Teen Choice '07"] . Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved August 29 2007.] [ [http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/26/tv/main3205493.shtml?source=mostpop_story ""Pirates" Big Winner At Teen Choice"] . Associated Press. August 26 2007.]
"With Love" premiered on the
Los Angelesradio station 102.7 KIIS-FMon January 25, 2007and was released for airplay on mainstream contemporary hit radiostations on February 20. [ [http://www.teenpeople.com/teenpeople/article/0,22196,1582530,00.shtml "Hilary Duff Calls Being Single 'Kind of Exciting'"] . " Teen People". January 26, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2007.] [http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=69239#2007 "Available for Airplay - 2007 - 2/20 Mainstream"] . FMQB. Retrieved July 4 2007.] It became the most added song to U.S. top 40 radio station playlists in mid February, and it was Duff's highest peaking song on the "Billboard" Mainstream Top 40radio chart since "Come Clean" (2004). [ Hollywood Records. [http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/02-21-2007/0004532186&EDATE= "Top 40 Radio can't get enough of Hilary Duff; First Single 'With Love' #1 Most Added!"] . PR Newswire. February 21 2007. Retrieved March 2 2007.]
"With Love" was released as a
digital downloadin the U.S. on March 13. Hollywood Records. [http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/03-13-2007/0004545277&EDATE= "Hilary Duff's Single 'With Love' Available Today; Single Soars Onto Top 40 Chart"] . PR Newswire. March 13 2007.] It debuted at number forty-two, the highest debut of the week, on the "Billboard" Hot 100chart in late March 2007; it sold 32,500 downloads that week. [Hasty, Katie. [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003561555 "Fergie Scores Second 'Glamorous' Week At No. 1"] . "Billboard". March 22, 2007. March 24, 2007.] In mid-April, the song reached number twenty-four and was the greatest digital sales gainer of the week with sales of 57,500. [Cohen, Jonathan. [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003570968 "Timbaland Soars To No. 1 After Sales Explosion"] . "Billboard". April 12, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2007.] Duff's highest peaking U.S. single release, "With Love" remained on the Hot 100 for nine weeks. The song became Duff's first to top the Hot Dance Club Playchart and her first to reach the top twenty on the Pop 100chart. It was ranked twenty-seventh on the year-end Hot Dance Club Play Tracks chart. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=475&cfgn=Year-end+Singles&cfn=Hot+Dance+Club+Play+Tracks&ci=3090133&cdi=9600458&cid=12%2F31%2F2007 "Hot Dance Club Play Tracks - With Love"] . "Billboard". December 31 2007.]
United Kingdom, a week before its CD singlerelease, "With Love" debuted at number sixty on the singles chart. The song reached number twenty-nine the following week, then due to heavy downloads, the song went to peak at No. 4, Entering the Top 5; becoming Duff's highest peaking song there. The single performed less well than most of Duff's previous singles in Australia, reaching number twenty-two.
The "With Love"
music videowas directed by Matthew Rolstonand doubles as the television commercial for Duff's fragrance With Love... Hilary Duff. It was filmed in an opera housein San Francisco. Three versions of the commercial, each with a different length (fifteen, thirty and sixty seconds), entered rotation on U.S. television networks in November 2006. " The New York Times" cited the song, music video and commercial's cross-promotion of one another as an example of corporate synergy, and Ron Rolleston, Elizabeth Arden's executive vice president for marketing in New York, called it "an interesting evolution in advertising[...] The commercial stands independently, and the music video stands on its own, and they enrich each other. That's what's cool about it [...] young people are engaged by different varieties and types of media". Rolleston said the campaign, the goal of which was to " [combine] advertising and entertainment", was "an interesting challenge [...] If video killed the radio star, advertising will save the video".
Matthew Rolston said that he was asked to incorporate an element of intrigue and open-endedness into the commercial that could serve as a cross-reference to other facets of the With Love... Hilary Duff promotional campaign. Rolston responded by including allusions to films in which "women use hair and makeup and wardrobe to change their identities", citing "Vertigo" (1958) and "
La Femme Nikita" (1990) in that respect. He also included a cliffhangerdesigned to generate discussion among young people—"It gives them something to blogabout and be viral about", he said—and adult elements that would help to introduce Duff to an older audience.Elliot, Stuart. [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/18/business/media/18adco_column.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin "Woman of a Scent"] . " The New York Times". December 18 2006. Retrieved December 20 2006.] " Entertainment Weekly" called the video " femme fatale-ish" and "like Madonna's " Justify My Love" for the "TRL" crowd—steamy hotel assignations, wigs, etc." [Greenblatt, Leah. [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20014556,00.html "Keep The Change?"] . " Entertainment Weekly". March 16, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.] Sharon Dastur, program director at New York Cityradio station Z100, said that her first reaction to the video was, "'This is exactly the kind of song she should be doing.' Hilary's more mature look completed the package. Her sound and image are a natural progression." [Taylor, Chuck. [http://billboard.com/bbcom/feature/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003562257 "Duff Gets Personal On Dance-Driven New Album"] . "Billboard". March 23, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.]
The video begins with Duff receiving a
standing ovationfor a performance. She goes backstage, where her entourage hands her a bag, coat and hat. A man (played by Kellan Lutz) who was standing outside the auditorium follows her to a hotel. In the lobby, Duff sprays With Love... Hilary Duff perfume on her neck, reverses her coat and puts on a black wig, giving her hat to an old man whose back is turned. Pursued by the first man, she walks up a staircase, throws the coat off the railing, tears off her white dress to reveal black, and rips off the lower half of the dress. The man smells the perfume on her coat and follows her into an elevator car, where they kiss. The cables holding the elevator car break, causing it to fall down the shaft, and Duff and the man continue to kiss. The video concludes with a title card that reads, "...to be continued".
The music video premiered on
MTV's " Total Request Live" on February 8, 2007. It debuted on the "Total Request Live" countdown the next day at number eight and reached number one on eight subsequent countdowns, eventually being "retired" from the show after forty days on the countdown. [ [http://www.atrl.net/trlarchive/?s=recap&y=2007&m=02 "The TRL Archive - Recap - February 2007"] . atrl.net. Retrieved June 28, 2007.] [ [http://www.atrl.net/trlarchive/?s=recap&y=2007&m=05 "The TRL Archive - Recap - May 2007"] . atrl.net. Retrieved June 28, 2007.] In Canada, the video reached number one on the MuchMusicTop 30 "Countdown", the first video by Duff to do so. [ [http://www.muchmusic.com/tv/countdown "MuchMusic Top 30"] . June 8, 2007.] For the video, Duff won the award for at the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards. [ [http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2007/18/c5715.html "Billy Talent Takes Home Most Hardware with Three MMVAs"] . CHUM Television. June 18 2007. Retrieved June 28 2007.]
MTV Hitsplaylist, "With Love"'s video is still there after more than a year.
Dance musicproducers Richard Vissionand Dave Audé, Joe Bermudezand Francis Preve, Josh Harris (under his alias "Big Woodie") and Bimbo Joneshave each remixed "With Love". " The New York Post" wrote of another remix, by Castillo, "Duff finds her dance groove on this terrific sexy slink ... Its layered production makes it the kind of track that gets better with plenty of volume and some room to shimmy-shake." [Shen, Maxine. [http://www.nypost.com/seven/04032007/entertainment/music/mpfrees_music_maxine_shen.htm "MPFREES - Hilary Duff, 'With Love' (Castillo remix)"] . " New York Post". April 3 2007. Retrieved April 3 2007.]
A hip hop remix of "With Love", the
Play-n-Skillzremix, premiered on March 27and features rapper Slim Thug; [ [http://www.mixmatters.com/hot/2007/Hilary_Duff_With_Love.html "Hilary Duff feat. Play-n-Skillz with Slim Thug "With Love" remix"] . mixmatters.com. Retrieved March 27 2007.] it was released to U.S. radio stations on a promotional single. [ [http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=410504 "With Love - US - CD-R acetate - Promo"] . eil.com.] Speaking with "Complex Magazine", Thug said that he had wanted to expand his horizons with his participation in the remix:
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "With Love". ;Promotional CD+DVD single [ [http://cgi.ebay.ca/Very-Rare-HILARY-DUFF-Single-CD-DVD-PRO-With-Love_W0QQitemZ110090917475QQihZ001QQcategoryZ307QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem Radio Promotional CD+DVD] . Retrieved
February 16, 2007.]
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;Official versions [http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=409992 "With Love": The Remixes] . eil.com. Retrieved
August 9, 2007.]
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Number-one dance hits of 2007 (USA)
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