Ashley Tisdale’s second album, Guilty Pleasure is a mature leap forward for the Disney star. She is not the little blond girl she used to be, she wanted to show fans she is grown up and reflect her other side in her music.
The album is a reflection of a girl growing up and speaking her mind on songs like the first single “It’s Alright, It’s OK” — a spunky break-up anthem about being single and in control of your life for the first time. “I love break-up songs,” Tisdale admits. “On this album, I put to rest a lot of baggage from a previous relationship by venting about the frustration. Everyone can relate to those moments. That song is about how you need to stand up for yourself and not let someone walk all over you; it’s a message I wanted to get across to other girls.”
Tisdale co-wrote several tracks on Guilty Pleasure, including the feisty “Acting Out,” whose lyrics could serve as the album’s mission statement: “Let me out of this cage / I'm not gonna hold back / I'm gonna break these chains / I'm taking control now / Gonna give you something to talk about / It's another side of me I'm acting out.” She also co-wrote the propulsive “Overrated,” about not changing your personality for a guy, and two ballads “What If” and “Me Without You.” She worked with a number of producers and songwriters, such as Kara DioGuardi (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood), Toby Gad (Beyoncé, Fergie), Billy Steinberg (Madonna), Emanuel Kiriakou (David Archuleta, Nick Lachey), and Swedish production team Twin (who co-wrote the Headstrong singles “Not Like That” and “Be Good To Me”),
“I’m growing up and this is music I would listen to,” Tisdale says. “On this record, I’m not catering to anyone other than to who I am as a person. I think all of these songs have a message and a story that anyone can relate to. I couldn’t sing them if I didn’t connect with them myself.”
Guilty Pleasure’s first single, “It’s Alright, It’s OK” ships to Top 40 radio on April 14th — the same day it will be available for purchase via digital retailers. For more on Ashley Tisdale, go to her official website.