Guilty Pleasure is the second studio album by American recording, singer-songwriter Ashley Tisdale. Warner Bros. Records released it on June 11, 2009 and on July 28 in North America. The lead single from the album, "It's Alright, It's OK", premiered on On Air with Ryan Seacrest and was officially released on April 14, 2009. The album debuted at number 12 on Billboard 200 selling 25,000 copies in its first week. The second single, "Crank It Up" was released on October 16, 2009, in Europe.
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In April 2008, she said that she has recorded a few songs for the album and she would fully focus on the album after filming High School Musical 3. Tisdale 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. Tisdale's 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. Template:Quote
Warner Bros. said 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. "We wanted to create a conversation and then follow quickly with the music," he said.
Tisdale said the song "Hot Mess" is "about hanging out with a motorcycle bad boy that makes life more interesting" and the song "How Do You Love Someone" 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". Tisdale co-wrote several songs on the album such as "What If", which was co-written with Kara DioGuardi. Tisdale described "What If" as the most personal song on the album, she said the song "is about when you’re in a relationship and you say 'If I really needed you, would you actually be there?’"
Release and critical receptionEdit
Template:Album ratings The album would 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 a exclusive "Countdown to Guilty Pleasure" on iTunes for the U.S. and Canada, on which "Overrated", "What If" and "Acting Out" had promotinal 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. The album was chosen as the seventh best album of the decade by Billboard.com readers, as well as the seventh album of the year.
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". The ballads however, were not as well received stating 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 Guilty Pleasure for Tisdale's new sound, comparing her to the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 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 even went of to criticize the producers as "not seem[ing] to have gifted Tisdale with their best work".
Tisdale embarked on a press European promo tour in March 2009, where she visited the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. Tisdale started 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, one month later she performed for first time a few songs from the album at the 2009 KISS Concert in 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. 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.
The album debuted on several European charts, the first appearances of the album were in the last week of June 2009, on Austrian Albums Chart and German Albums Chart, peaking at number seven and nine respectively, in the same week the album debuted at number 51 on Irish Albums Chart and rose to number 30 in the following week while in Spain, the album debuted at number 21 and rose to number nine in the second week. In the first week on August 2009, the album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 selling 25,000 copies in its first week. The album dropped out of the Billboard 200 after six weeks on the chart. Her highest album debuted was on Chilean Albums Chart at number 2.
- Wal-Mart Exclusive
- Includes two bonus downloads for remixes of "It's Alright, It's OK".
- Target (US) / Müller (Germany) Exclusive
- A bonus DVD featuring 30-minutes exclusive making of the album and "It's Alright, It's OK" music video and making of.
- "It's Alright, It's OK" was released as the album's lead single on April 14, 2009 in the United States in both radio airplay and digital download formats. The single debuted at #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week, making it Tisdale's lowest-charting official single on the chart. The song's highest peak position was #5 on the Austrian Singles Chart.
- "Crank It Up" was released on October 16, 2009 as the album's second European single. The music video premiered on October 5, 2009 via VIVA and was featured on MySpace on October 6, 2009.
|Austrian Albums Chart||7|
|Argentine Albums Chart||14|
|Brazilian Albums Chart||12|
|Canadian Albums Chart||15|
|Chilean Albums Chart||2|
|European Top 100 Albums||21|
|German Albums Chart||9|
|Irish Albums Chart||30|
|Italian Albums Chart||51|
|Hong Kong Top 40 Albums Chart||31|
|Mexican Albums Chart||59|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||27|
|Spanish Albums Chart||9|
|Swiss Albums Chart||13|
|Turkey Albums Chart||5|
|UK Albums Chart||130|
|U.S. Billboard 200||12|
|U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums||16|
|U.S. Billboard Digital Albums||5|
|Spain||June 11, 2009||Warner Music||CD|
|Germany||June 12, 2009||CD/CD+DVD|
|Netherlands||June 15, 2009|
|Hong Kong||June 16, 2009|
|Brazil||June 18, 2009|
|Poland||June 22, 2009|
|Chile||June 30, 2009|
|New Zealand||July 6, 2009|
|Japan||July 8, 2009|
|Canada||July 28, 2009|| CD|
|Mexico||August 11, 2009||CD|
|Australia||January 18, 2010||Digital Download|
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