Sending Sparks to Adult Contemporary radio was the final nail in RCA's coffin for me.
That Let’s Get Pizza/Tinder mess….. Dubsmash promos, album cover revealed in a balloon, tracklist revealed ONLY 1 week before the album release…… war flashbacksI still find it amusing that the label made the urgent call to have her back into the studio and literally reimagine the whole album after the first two singles' lukewarm critical reception only to let it perform on the back of the lead single alone. Also the way they unleashed the ad-plagued music video before dropping the real one as something "fan-demanded" because they knew no one would care to check it out if it was the reversed order. I know rollouts can get messy but everything about the era bar the music was just... both frustrating and hilarious at the same time.
I still fume that Outlaw isn't out there in lossless quality.
Her relationship to music gives me such Gwen vibes, the uncertainty and second guessing. You are a star, Hil! We believe in you!
Oh for sure, Gwen's insecurities make even less sense. But I think most of us believe they're both overthinking it.It's more baffling with Gwen because Gwen Stefani is legitimately a music icon and someone who had great influence over music and popular culture. With Hilary I think its more understandable because she really probably does see herself primarily as an actress who also had a teen singing career, and I think thats largely how others view her too. That she continued to make television her priority into adulthood (not just Younger, but auditioning for Two Broke Girls etc) makes it clear what she has always viewed as her primary talent.