At long last, it all comes to an end tonight. After 4 years and 6 seasons, MTV airs the final episode of The Hills tonight, and in typical MTV fashion, will be having the "stars" strut down the red carpet before the episode, and will allow them to wax nostalgic about all the drama gone by during the after show party.
That's all fine and dandy, but I have a problem with an article I read today on MTV.com. The article is trying to claim that the theme songs to Laguna Beach and The Hills ("Come Clean" by Hilary Duff, and "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield) were hits BECAUSE OF their inclusion on the shows. Absolutely not true. Here's a segment of their article:
Tuesday night (July 13) represents a huge moment in the history of MTV programming and reality television in general. After six seasons, "The Hills" is coming to a close with a two-hour grand-finale event, beginning at 8 p.m. on MTV. "The Hills" and its predecessor, "Laguna Beach," also left their mark in the music world. Each of the shows had theme songs that helped spark massive career moves for the artists behind them. The theme song to "Laguna Beach" was Hilary Duff's "Come Clean," co-written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks. Though it originally appeared on Duff's 2003 album, Metamorphosis, and was released as a single in early 2004, it really picked up steam once it accompanied the premiere of "Laguna Beach" in September of that year.
Umm, nice try, MTV, but not true. "Come Clean" hit the charts in January of 2004, and peaked in early April, a full FIVE MONTHS before the first episode of Laguna Beach aired. Hilary was already releasing her follow-up CD by the fall of '04.
"The Hills" theme song did even better by its artist. When Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" debuted as the tune that introduced the world to "The Hills" in May 2006, it stormed up the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #5. In fact, because of its crossover appeal, "Unwritten" became the most-played song on the radio in the United States in 2006. Not bad for a track that was originally released in 2004 on Bedingfield's debut album of the same name.
Again, MTV is trying to re-write history. Natasha Bedingfield didn't release her debut CD here in the US until August of '05. The 2004 date they gave (to make it sound like the song had been out forever) was the UK release date. Natasha's first hit from that CD was "These Words," which hit the Top 10 in the summer of '05. "Unwritten" was her 2nd single, released that fall. It hit the charts in November, and peaked in the Top 5 in March of 2006, again, months ahead of when MTV used it as the theme song to The Hills. So by the time, The Hills premiered in May of '06, Natasha was already establishing herself as one of the hottest new artists in music, already with 2 Top 10 hits under her belt. I will give The Hills credit for probably helping "Unwritten" remain popular longer, but it's not like the song was unknown or not already a massive hit before it's inclusion in the show. Yes, both Laguna Beach and The Hills regularly played snippets of new songs throughout its episodes which made the shows feel current and more relevant, but I'm not going to allow MTV to claim that they made "Come Clean" and "Unwritten" hits, because they didn't. Oh yeah, and everything that happened on those shows was real life. hahaha