You can ask Hilary Duff anything, but don’t expect an answer.
The YOUNGER star evaded questions from angry fans who felt duped by an expensive box set version of her new CD during a Reddit “AMA” session last night.
User DuffStan accused the star and music distributor Fanjoy of “false advertising” for claiming fans would receive four “exclusive bonus tracks” if they ponied up $50+ for the collection.
The problem, he points out, is that the extra songs are actually digital downloads — none of which are exclusive to purchasers and some of which have been available on iTunes for almost a year.
Several hundred upset fans have already signed an online petition asking Duff to step up to the plate and make good on the promise of “exclusive” content.
It reads, in part:
On June 9th, Hilary Duff announced via Instagram that the additional tracks would be All About You, Chasing The Sun, Chasing The Sun (Dave Aude Remix) & Outlaw.
Chasing The Sun was released July 29, 2014 to iTunes. All About You was released on August 12, 2014 to iTunes. As both were iTunes releases that fans have had for nearly a year; they are in no way exclusive to Fanjoy.
The Federal Trade Commission states: “When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it’s on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence.”
We call[ed] RCA Records & FanjoyCo to add two additional bonus tracks to the download card for the June 16th release of “Breathe In. Breathe out.” due to the pretense of false marketing.
Hilary Duff has recorded the following songs in which 2 could be selected: 17, Before The Light Changes, Better Days, Breathing Room, Carry On, Falling, Feel Alive, Hurts, If I Fall, It All Starts Tonight, Northern Star, Snow Globe, Take It For What It Is, Tearing Down Walls, This Heart, When We Were Young, Whistling Dixie, Wherever We Go, Wild Night Out, & Where The Gods Play.
Please add two additional songs to the Fanjoy edition of “Breathe In. Breathe Out.” for its June 16th release. Thank you.
Duff declined to comment directly on the controversy, but did briefly address the songs:
That’s the tough thing about making a record. You start somewhere, and you end somewhere, and only a certain amount of songs can be on a record. And the strong survive. It’s sad. “If I Fall” is one of my favorite songs, and “This Heart” is a song I wrote about Luca, so maybe I’ll sing it live in concert with him there, i sing it to him in general, but that’s the way it goes – you cut some songs, they might not be as strong as others, but there’s always options of ways to use them. Another song I wrote for the album is “Outlaw,” and we put that in YOUNGER – so now we put it as a bonus track on a special record that you could only get here or there. But that’s just the way it works – and you only have a certain amount of spaces.
Most of her AMA session was spent promoting the new CD, BREATHE IN. BREATHE OUT (in stores today) and answering silly fan questions like:
“What is your favorite Taylor Swift song?”
“Welcome To New York”
“Do you like cats?”
“I love cats!”
and “How are you so pretty?”
“I have a team of hair and makeup people.”
Hilary also had little to offer about what is in store for season two of her TV Land series YOUNGER.
“I have NO idea,” she wrote. “We don’t get the scripts ahead of time. So it won’t be until August, or maybe even Mid-September, that I see a script. I might get to sit in the writing room, but it’s going to be a big surprise to me too.”
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