"Come Clean" is a song that is written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, and produced by Shanks for American singer Hilary Duff's debut album, Metamorphosis (2003). It was released as the album's second single in 2004 (see 2004 in music). In Australia, Festival Records released the CD single on January 20, 2004 (see 2004 in music).
It is on the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 3.
'Come Clean' is obviously about a boy and a girl's relationship and it's just talking about how somebody thinks they're in the dark. She's tired of it and he's tired of it and they're coming clean, whether it means they're gonna be together or not. They're laying all the cards out on the table and coming out with everything that hasn't been said basically.
In the video, Duff is shown in her house during a rainy day (reflecting the rain reference in the song), walking from room to room. Her friends arrive and watch television with her in the living room. The rainstorm intensifies over the course of the day, and the interior scenes are intercut with shots of a man in a car. At the end of the video, the man arrives at her house, and Duff ventures into the rain to talk to him. According to Meyers, "We never do know if the guy in the end is a boyfriend or friend or what the drama is. It's just all very photogenic and sophisticated and not too colorful." Duff said that the video "really shows that she's kind of in this monotone mood throughout the whole thing. She doesn't show too much emotion except that she's waiting for this boy, this guy, to come. You can't tell when they're running toward each other if they're gonna kiss or they're gonna hug or they're gonna hit each other. It's a bunch of different emotions."
In the U.S., the video premiered on MTV's Total Request Live on January 14 2004. It entered the show's top ten video countdown the following day at number eight, and spent twenty-five days on the countdown, peaking at number three. The video was nominated in the category of Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.
The song was used in the theatrical trailer for the 2004 film A Cinderella Story, which stars Duff. It was used as the theme song for the MTV reality television shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, and it is included on the soundtrack album for Laguna Beach. A remix of the song was released on Duff's 2005 compilation album, Most Wanted.
An episode of the television series Robot Chicken, "Toy Meets Girl", includes a spoof theatrical trailer of The Diary of Anne Frank starring Duff. Included in the trailer is a version of "Come Clean" that features different lyrics in the chorus.
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