Hannah Montana is the soundtrack for the first season of the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana.
The album was released on October 24, 2006 by Walt Disney Records.
The program aired on the Disney Channel on March 24, 2006. After the show become an immediate commercial success, the production on the soundtrack began the following month.
Eight of the album's thirteen tracks are performed by the series' primary actress Miley Cyrus and are credited to her titular character Hannah Montana.
Music groups The Click Five, Everlife, B5 and pop singer Jesse McCartney each contribute one recording while a duet between Miley and her father Billy Ray Cyrus is included as the final track.
The soundtrack is primarily a teen pop record which sees additional influences from pop rock and country pop musical styles.
The lyrical themes of the album, revolve largely around "girl power," teen romance and the double life that Miley's character lives on the program.
During the production of the first season of Hannah Montana, Miley commented that at the moment, they were focused on improving the series as much as possible.
However, recording a soundtrack for the show was a plausible plan for the future.
On March 24, 2006, the series itself premiered through the Disney Channel and became an immediate commercial success.
With 5.4 million viewers, the pilot episode earned the Disney Channel the highest ratings in its history at the time.
The following month, it was reported that an accompanying soundtrack and Miley's debut studio album had both begun production (the first of which was scheduled to be released during the fall of 2006).
These plans were expected to capitalize on promotional efforts previously used for Hilary Duff who had successfully transitioned from the titular character on the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire into a career in the music industry in the early 2000s.
In the television series, Miley portrays the character of Miley Stewart, a teenager who lives the secret double life as the pop star Hannah Montana.
Miley stated that "most songs for the first season reflect the show with Miley or Hannah making sure the other doesn't get caught or whatever" opining that the tracks provided the series producers with the opportunity to "make sure that everyone understood the characters."
By comparison, Miley described later material used by the series as "more speaking out to the fans."
The record incorporates elements of teen pop, pop rock and country pop musical styles.
Miley performs eight of its thirteen tracks which are credited to Hannah Montana. Her songs "The Best of Both Worlds" and "This Is the Life" describe the double life that Miley's character maintains while "If We Were a Movie" and "I Got Nerve" respectively address a romantic desire and "girl power."
The song "Pop Princess" by The Click Five was described by Heather Phares from AllMusic as "sparkly power pop."
She also characterized "Find Yourself in You" by Everlife as "the template for Hannah's rock-edged pop."
The soundtrack closes the country pop duet "I Learned From You" between Miley and her father Billy Ray Cyrus which Phares felt drew influences from recording artist Vanessa Carlton.
The soundtrack was later reissued as a two-disc special edition which saw the inclusion of the track "Nobody's Perfect" which was later featured on the following soundtrack "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus."
- The Best of Both Worlds (2:54) (performed by Hannah Montana) (written by Matthew Gerrard & Robbie Nevil; produced by Matthew Gerrard)
- Who Said (3:14) (performed by Hannah Montana) (written by Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil & Landers; produced by Matthew Gerrard)
- Just Like You (3:14) (performed by Hannah Montana) (3:14) (written & produced by Adam Watts & Andy Dodd)
- Pumpin' Up the Party (performed by Hannah Montana) (3:09) (written & produced by Jamie Houston)
- If We Were a Movie (3:03) (performed by Hannah Montana) (written by Jeannie Lurie & Holly Mathis; produced by Antonina Armato & Tim James)
- I Got Nerve (3:06) (performed by Hannah Montana) (written by Jeannie Lurie, Ken Hauptman & Aruna Abrams; produced by Antonina Armato & Tim James)
- The Other Side of Me (3:07) (performed by Hannah Montana) (written by Matthew Gerrard & Robbie Nevil; produced by Matthew Gerrard)
- This is the Life (2:58) (performed by Hannah Montana) (written by Jeannie Lurie & Shari Short; produced by Marco Mariangeli)
- Pop Princess (4:24) (performed by the Click Five) (written by Ben Romans)
- She's No You (3:33) (performed by Jesse McCartney) (written by Matthew Gerrard, Jesse McCartney & Robbie Nevil; produced by Matthew Gerrard & Chad Hugo)
- Find Yourself in You (3:35) (performed by Everlife) (written by Matthew Gerrard and Amber, Julia & Sarah Ross; produced by Matthew Gerrard)
- Shining Star (2:44) (performed by B5) (written by Maurice White, Larry Dunn & Phillip Bailey; produced by Dmyrio Mitchell, Jamahl Rye & Robert Hugger)
- I Learned From You (3:25) (performed by Miley & Billy Ray Cyrus, Steve Diamond & Matthew Gerrard; produced by Matthew Gerrard)
During the week of October 25, 2006, the initial sales projections recognized "Hannah Montana," My Chemical Romance's album "The Black Parade" and John Legend's album "Once Again" as the most-likely records that would reach number one on the U.S. Billboard 200.
On November 1, 2006, "Hannah Montana" officially debuted at number one with first-week sales of 286,000 copies, making a difference of 41,000 units more than "The Black Parade" (which charted in second place).
In doing so, the record became the first television soundtrack to debut in the peak position and fourth soundtrack from The Walt Disney Company to debut in the top-ten of the chart.
It remained at number one the following week with sales of 203,000 copies.
It was eventually certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for exceeding shipments of three million units.
As of January of 2014, the has sold 3,736,000 copies in the United States, becoming the second best-selling television soundtrack behind "High School Musical" with 4,878,000 copies.
Internationally, the album charted moderately on national record charts.
It peaked at number 10 on the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified gold by Music Canada.
The record charted at number 23 on the Top 100 Mexico chart where it was later recognized with gold certification.
In Europe, the soundtrack reached number 14 on the Spanish PROMUSICAE and was certified gold in the country.
It additionally earned a gold certification in the United Kingdom.
"Hannah Montana" received generally favorable reviews from music critics who appreciated its overall production.
AllMusic's Heather Phares enjoyed Miley's deliveries of "cute, well-written songs" and added that the overall project was "sweet, starry-eyed [and] utterly charming."
Jennifer Axman from Common Sense Media shared a similar sentiment, appreciating its "upbeat girl-power messages" and distinguishing "I Learned from You" as a stand-out track for its inspirational lyrics ("I learned from you that I do not crumble / I learned from you that strength is something you choose /.../ There is no question that's a lesson I learned from you.")
MSN Music gave the record a 3.5 out of 5 stars, and listed it as an "essential album."
However, Chris Willman provided a more mixed review, commenting that Miley appeared to "mimic Avril, Ashlee, and Britney simultaneously" and felt that the concept of leading a double life was "a nice fantasy for Brangelina, but a weird one to push on little girls."
David Hiltbrand was also critical of the record, stating that its "generic pop" would irritate adult listeners, but acknowledged that it was "slickly executed" for appealing to its younger audience.