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Ashley Tisdale’s New Album ‘Symptoms’ Is a Love Letter to Herself

Ashley Tisdale’s New Album ‘Symptoms’ Is a Love Letter to Herself

Even though it’s been 10 years since Ashley Tisdale last released an album, she’s been busy doing pretty much everything else. After spending three years starring in three High School Musical movies (plus one underrated spinoff!) as Sharpay Evans, a queen bee with a voracious appetite for fame, Tisdale went on to appear in a bunch of TV and film roles, including Hellcats and Scary Movie 5. On top of that, she acquired and rebranded Illuminate Cosmetics as the go-to destination for clean, modern makeup must-haves. So it’s understandable that she might take a step away from music for awhile.

Fortunately, the 33-year-old is once again channeling her creative energy back into recording with Symptoms (out May 3), her most thoughtful, mature release yet. The emotionally-charged, nine-track record follows the ups and downs of Tisdale’s personal battle with anxiety and depression, which she says she hopes will cut through the dark, often-stigmatized nature of mental illness to help others feel less isolated. From the haunting orchestral melodies of “Insomnia,” to the triumphant finale, “Feeling So Good,” Symptoms is a candid and vulnerable account of what it feels like to go through it—and a passionate reminder that you’re never alone.

Tisdale spoke to MarieClaire.com about her new album, the crucial role of music in her own healing process, and how she stays on top of her busy schedule.

On where she found inspiration for Symptoms:

I was in and out of the studio just trying to get inspired and see what my sound would be, but this record wasn’t something that I sat down to do. It was so organic and happened naturally. The first day of sitting in the writing session, I wasn’t even thinking about it like it would be a record. My co-writer, Rachel West, and I are really close, and our connection to each other happened right away—we would have songs written and recorded in sometimes half a day. The first session was with Rachel, and when we wrote “Symptoms,” I realized how great we were together. Because I was so inspired by the first song that we wrote, I knew exactly what the album was going to be; every single song was going to be a symptom of what I was experiencing.

On how she uses music to heal:

The studio became a safe space for me to really have fun and be creative and laugh…I needed to communicate what I was going through, and it really helped me get through that time. In the past, I was really trying to figure out who I was as an artist, but now I just feel like music is the best way to express everything that I’m going through. I think I’ve had anxiety for my entire life, but I definitely became aware of it in the last two years. It was all coming to a head, to be honest, and it just all happened and started getting worse. I’d also lost someone to depression about two years ago, and I just felt like it was time to share my story and who I am as a person with my fans. I really want to make people feel like they’re not alone.

On what influences her sound:

I would say that, musically, this is very different from stuff I’ve done in the past. When I started writing and recording this album, I really wanted the production to be more stripped down. Because it’s about anxiety and depression, I didn’t want it to be overproduced. I was really inspired by David Bowie and the Electric Light Orchestra—I listen to a lot of ’70s music! I was also inspired by Julia Michaels, because I love how her lyrics are very conversational, and that inspired me to write like that as well.

On what she does for self-care:

For me, reading really helped calm my anxiety…I think that the more that you can learn about it, you realize that other people are going through the same things as you and that there’s a community of people you can turn to. It’s also important to communicate it. Every single one of us is struggling with something, and no one’s perfect. Another thing that helps is starting my day with meditation. It really centers me and focuses me. I feel like it’s good to have some anxious feelings—it could mean that you’re excited about something—but meditation is such a huge help, especially for high stress.

On how she manages to do everything (in a healthy way):

I used to be a yes-person, and I would try to do everything. I realized that I can’t get to 500 things in a day, and that it’s okay to slow down and take time for yourself. I have so much going on and I kind of have to compartmentalize everything…I’m still learning, and I’m still going to mess up, and there are going to be times that I fail. But it is a journey.

Source: Marie Claire

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Ashley Tisdale Talks New Album ‘Symptoms’ And Finding Her Own Voice

Ashley Tisdale Talks New Album ‘Symptoms’ And Finding Her Own Voice

“This record is such a personal record for me — it’s a piece of me and I’m excited to share it with the world,” said singer-songwriter and actress Ashley Tisdale about her new album, Symptoms, out today (via Big Noise Music Group).

Symptoms marks nearly a decade since the release of her pop-punk album Guilty Pleasure, the follow up to her 2007 debut album Headstrong. But that was a busier time for Tisdale — she was working under a major label and balancing studio sessions between TV and movie sets (notably, as Maddie Fitzpatrick in The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody and as Sharpay Evans in the widely popular High School Musical franchise). But rather than focusing on Tisdale’s past, it’s time to embrace her in the present.

Now, in her thirties, Tisdale begins a new and exciting era with Symptoms — one that’s all her own. She’s also the CEO of her makeup company ILLUMINATE by Ashley Tisdale and will star in the new Netflix comedy series, Merry Happy Whatever, alongside Dennis Quaid.

Symptoms, co-written by Tisdale, is unapologetically personal and incredibly good. Tisdale released the album’s leading track “Voices in My Head” in November 2018, followed by the empowering anthem “Love Me & Let Me Go” in January.

The album reflects the singer’s journey of self-discovery, with each track title representing a different symptom that she experienced in her struggle with anxiety and depression. “This experience has been a lot of fun and I’ve really gotten to know myself as an artist. It was also very healing for me,” she said to me in an interview. “This album is a piece of me, verses when I was younger, I didn’t know who I was as an artist.”

“Symptoms” was the first song she created from the album. “I went into the studio and on the first day we wrote ‘Symptoms’ and it was very organic for me. For me to do another record, it had to be important,” she replied. “I feel like for the first time, my fans are going to get to know me for everything. I could be honest with my fans about my experiences.”

Although the album’s song titles illustrate Tisdale’s symptoms  — such as “Insomnia” or “Vibrations” — their lyrics reveal a positive and inspirational twist. Her fun, up-beat single “Vibrations” is all about vibing with husband and fellow musician Christopher French, like when they are chilling in their house and eating Thai food. The song’s chorus says: “We, we can catch a vibe // Hangin’ on the couch on a Friday night // Yeah, we, we can take a break // Warmin’ up some Thai in the microwave.

“This record is a very fun record and I wanted to talk about these feelings, but not dwell on them. Having anxiety and depression makes you who you are and I’m very proud of these things,” she explained. “We all have issues, so let’s just celebrate and have fun…that’s what the music translates to.”

Tisdale tapped into music professionally when she was eight years old, landing the role of little Cosette in the musical Les Miserables. She then appeared in the musical Annie in Korea and toured internationally for the play. Tisdale moved to L.A. and appeared in minor acting roles, before landing The Suite Life in 2005. She signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2006.

“I was acting a lot and I had to make a decision about doing musicals or acting, and I chose to focus more on acting. Years later, I ended up doing High School Musical and that merged the two together.” Since HSM premiered in 2006, Tisdale has accumulated millions of loyal fans. The New Jersey native uses social media to not only connect with her 44 million plus combined followers, but to also illustrate a very important message: no one has a perfect life and that’s okay.

“Social media is such a great tool to have and it’s awesome to communicate with the fans. But, it also creates a perfect life. And no one’s life is perfect. Even the people you look up to and you are inspired by, it’s important to also know that we all go through things.”

Tisdale hasn’t toured since Guilty Pleasure, but she loves the idea of hitting the road again for Symptoms. “I’m getting ready to do a Netflix series [Merry Happy Whatever] in Quebec, but I would love to be able to go on tour with Symptoms. I haven’t been on tour in a long time.”

Tisdale’s new album, Symptoms, is available to stream now.

Source: Forbes

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Beverly Hills Dog Show

Beverly Hills Dog Show

The dogs of the West Coast are preparing to strut their stuff. The 3rd annual Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina airs on April 21, Easter Sunday, and Hollywood is getting ready.

Along with attracting more than 1,500 canine competitors from over 200 different dog breeds, the show is a magnet for celebrity animal lovers.

Ashley Tisdale and her pooch Maui will be attending the furry festivities this year, and they are pumped to watch these pooches compete. “This is my first dog show, but I’ve watched this a lot on TV. I am excited to see all of the dogs and I am excited to see how Maui reacts to the dogs,” Tisdale, 33, told PEOPLE.

While Tisdale adores her “sweet, feisty, sassy” Maui, the actress thinks her pet is meant to be a dog show spectator, not a participant.

“I can’t imagine that ever happening,” Tisdale said of her dog competing in the Beverly Hills Dog Show. “But Maui is really smart. Someone said to me once that you can tell when you play fetch with a dog, if it doesn’t bring back the toy or ball, they are smart because they know you are going to throw it again or take it away. She knows this. I don’t think she really knows that she is a dog she’s been around a lot of people and I think she thinks she’s a human.”

Since Maui won’t be trying for the title of Best in Show, Tisdale is unsure which pup she wants to win. “I don’t want to limit my pick to one breed. I am rooting for them all!” Tisdale said.

Source: People

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Disney Plus’s Phineas & Ferb Movie To Center on Candace Flynn

Disney Plus’s Phineas & Ferb Movie To Center on Candace Flynn

Candace Flynn is getting her own movie!

It was revealed this week that a new Phineas and Ferb movie would debut later this year on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+.

Now, we know even more details about the animated movie, which would center on the titular duo’s older sister, Candace, who is voiced by Ashley Tisdale.

According to Variety, the flick will take Candace to space after being “abducted by space aliens”. Also all 127 episodes from the library available at launch.

If you missed it, see even more of the upcoming lineup for the streaming service here!

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‘Merry Happy Whatever’: Ashley Tisdale Cast In Netflix Series

‘Merry Happy Whatever’: Ashley Tisdale Cast In Netflix Series

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has assembled the cast opposite Dennis Quaid in holiday-themed multi-camera comedy series Merry Happy Whatever. Former Undateable co-stars Bridgit Mendler and Brent Morin will play leads in the series, joined by Ashley Tisdale, Adam Rose (Santa Clarita Diet) and former Angie Tribeca co-star Hayes MacArthur. The eight-episode series hails from former Everybody Loves Raymond executive producer Tucker Cawley, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Wendi Trilling’s TrillTV.

In Merry Happy Whatever, written by Cawley and directed by Pam Fryman, Dennis Quaid plays Don Quinn, a strong-willed patriarch who must balance the demands of his complicated family with the stress of the Christmas season when his youngest daughter comes home for the holidays with a new boyfriend.

Mendler plays Emmy Quinn, the independent-minded daughter home for the holidays and hoping her over-protective father will accept her musician boyfriend Matt (Morin), or at least not kill him.

Morin’s Matt is a struggling musician from LA who will have his hands full as he meets his girlfriend’s imposing father and close-knit family over a stressful and emotional Christmas break.

Tisdale plays Kayla, recently separated from her husband, desperately trying to figure out what’s next, and making everyone in the Quinn household as miserable as she is.

Rose plays Todd, a beleaguered son-in-law who is perpetually frustrated by the close-knit family he married into and copes by venting and drinking with his fellow in-laws.

MacArthur plays Sean, the only son of the Quinn family, a working-class family man who’s just trying to keep his head above water so he can watch the Eagles game in peace.

Mendler and Morin’s background of portraying a couple on NBC’s multi-camera comedy series Undateable played a role in their casting as a couple onMerry Happy Whatever. It was a scene of the two of them from the NBC sitcom submitted by Morin that led to the Netflix series producers also reaching out to Mendler, who had been working on a graduate degree from MIT and was not pursuing acting work at the moment.

Cawley serves as showrunner and executive produces Merry Happy Whatever with Quaid, Fryman, Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan and Dana Honor and TrillTV’s Trilling.

Mendler is repped by Gershand Felker Toczek. Actor-comedian Morin, who has two comedy specials on Netflix, is repped by CAA, 3 Arts  and Felker Toczek.

Tisdale is repped by Gersh and Red Light. Rose is with BRS/Gage Talent Agency and The Cartel. MacArtur, recently seen in MGM’s digital series reboot of Mr. Mom, is repped by WME, Management 360 and Morris Yorn.

Source: Deadline

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Ashley Tisdale on the real-life inspiration behind her new album — and surviving her time at Disney

Ashley Tisdale on the real-life inspiration behind her new album — and surviving her time at Disney

Ashley Tisdale has found her voice. The actress-singer-producer-beauty-mogul has been through it — and by it, we mean pretty much everything. Professionally: she kicked off her career in Hollywood as a Disney superstar and came out the other side almost entirely unscathed — one of the only members of her Disney class to survive without a scandal to speak of — pivoting to production work and a beauty brand. Personally: She went through a period (a journey, in her words) of anxiety and depression that probably isn’t unfamiliar to many in the industry.

But now Tisdale is returning to her roots. No, this isn’t the exclusive announcement of an official High School Musical reunion (please don’t click away!). She’s releasing an album, her first music to hit radio waves since 2009 (the year of HSM 3) — the second single from Symptoms, “Love Me and Let Me Go,” just dropped. But diehard nostalgia-heads take note, it isn’t going to be anything like “Fabulous.”

“I knew that in order for me to do an album [again] it had to be something important,” Tisdale told EW during a visit to the Los Angeles studio. “Especially because I knew that I had recorded in the past and wasn’t in love with anything that I had done.”

In the old version of her music career (Ashley Tisdale 1.0), she admits the focus was often on the sound of the songs far more than the lyrics. It’s a realization that has presumably hit many of her peers — compare anything by current-day Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, or Selena Gomez to their tracks during the Disney years and you won’t find much subject matter of substance. But now that Tisdale has the autonomy that comes with years of a career driven by her own self — instead of a huge team beholden to a huge machine — she knows exactly what she wants.

“I was very overproduced in the last two albums that I’ve done,” she says. “And this, I would say, is much more stripped-down.”

Now, Tisdale is eager to keep moving forward in her career. As fondly as she considers her time in the High School Musical franchise — costar Vanessa Hudgens is still one of her best friends and a duet with Lucas Grabeel delivered one of her highest-viewed YouTube videos — she still marvels at its seemingly unending lifespan.

“I still see stuff about High School Musical trending and I’m like, ‘Why?’” she laughs. “It’s been so long.”

She also has a very particular aversion to watching any of her past movies or TV shows. She points out that she has no problem listening to the songs from Symptoms (“I don’t know if it’s learning not to be so hard on myself, but I’m so proud of it”), but that her past acting always brings up things she could have done better.

“One of my old movies — I think it was Aliens in the Attic — came on recently and I was just like, ‘Oh God!’” she laughs. “Oh, and Scary Movie 5 came on once. Change the channel!”

For the record, when pressed, she says she would totally re-watch High School Musical 2 — but we wouldn’t recommend reading into that statement too much. For now, she’s all in on music without Sharpay.

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Create & Cultivate 100: Music: Ashley Tisdale

Create & Cultivate 100: Music: Ashley Tisdale

Is there anything Ashley Tisdale can’t do?

The actress, singer, and influencer may have risen to fame via Disney Channel, but her life since has been filled with so much more: a hit debut album, several starring roles in film & TV series, a fashion line, and most recently, a booming cosmetics brand (she acquired her namesake brand, Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale, from BH Cosmetics last year).

So what’s next for this busy entrepreneur? She’s returning to music for the first time in a decade to produce the album we all need to hear. Symptoms, her forthcoming album, is based on Ashley’s experiences with anxiety and depression—she wants to break the stigma around talking about mental health, and we can’t wait to watch her do it.

You’re about to release a new album, Symptoms. Tell us about your return to music after a 9-year hiatus.

It feels great to be back in music. It’s been a long time but I feel Symptoms is the most authentic thing I’ve done. For the first time, fans are gonna really get to know me personally!

Symptoms is based on your experiences with anxiety and depression. Was it intimidating to put yourself out there in such a vulnerable way?

It’s definitely scary! I’ve never really let people in like this and you feel kind of naked, but I think it’s too important to finally speak about these things and what I go through. I just wanted to make someone feel less alone in their journey!

Why do you think it’s important to share your struggles with mental health?

I think it’s easy to think that we all live perfect lives because of social media but it’s so important to also share that no one lives a perfect life we all have different issues and struggles. Anxiety is so acceptable now but there is still a stigma around depression and I want to break that!

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You rose to fame via Disney Channel. Do you look back fondly on your High School Musical days?

Yeah! It was such a great experience, it feels like a lifetime ago.

What’s been the biggest surprise or highlight of your career to date?

I would say taking over Illuminate and becoming CEO. Years ago I would have never thought that was gonna be a role I would fill or even be confident to handle and yet here I am!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Let go of fear of failure because there is no such thing. Everyone goes through ups and downs and it is what gets you to the next step! It is truly a journey.

When you hit a bump or hurdle in your career, how do you find new roads + switch gears to find success?

Staying positive. Don’t let bump or hurdles scare you, usually that’s a challenge you are meant to grow from! Just keep going and let your intuition guide you.

Let go of fear of failure because there is no such thing.

What about your job makes you feel the most fulfilled?

Being creative! I love working and love being creative in everything I do. I also love to keep learning. I can’t just be an actress because it’s not in my blood to sit and wait for the next job or audition. I love working on so many things and just being creative in general.

What guidance would you offer to young women who are chasing their dreams in entertainment?

Nothing comes easy, it takes hard work and never giving up. You will cry, you will tell yourself it’s not worth it and at times you will feel like you failed but don’t listen to those voices and keep going because you will never get to where you’re going if you quit.

What are you most excited for in 2019?

I’m excited for everyone to hear the full album Symptoms and to see all the exciting things we’ve been creating at Illuminate Cosmetics!

Source: Create & Cultivate

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This Is Ashley Tisdale’s Secret to Managing Her Anxiety (and Her Dog’s, Too)

This Is Ashley Tisdale’s Secret to Managing Her Anxiety (and Her Dog’s, Too)

Anxiety is real for both humans and their pups, but Tisdale has figured out how to manage both.

Ashley Tisdale is about as different as can be from her well-known High School Musical character Sharpay Evans. In real life, she’s a hike-loving, meditation-doing, regular girl who deals with stress and anxiety just like the rest of us. One outlet for her stress? Her lovable Maltipoo Maui, who, like her mother, also suffers from anxiety at times. Here’s how Tisdale keeps both of their nerves at a manageable level.

On her exercise routine

“I like to exercise five times a week, and I feel like that helps me stay really strong and also less stressed,” Tisdale tells Health. One of her favorite ways to fit in a workout is by hiking with her pup. “It really helps to clear my mind, and I love to be outdoors in Los Angeles.”

On the importance of meditation

During fashion week, Tisdale posted a video on Instagram on her way to a fashion show, and mentioned that while going to events like those can cause her anxiety to spike, listening to music helps her calm down.

Another self-care strategy she swears by? Meditation. Tisdale meditates daily with 10 minutes of mindfulness each morning, and tries not to have too much caffeine. “I’m a huge coffee lover, but it actually makes me more anxious, so I just do one cup and meditation,” she explains.

Want to meditate like Ashley? Head to iTunes and search for DEN Meditation—they’re recorded by Tal Rabinowitz, founder of L.A. meditation studio The DEN. “It is honestly the best thing– I’ve cried every single time,” she reveals. “I can’t even explain to you…you get through something and you feel so much better.”

On her desert island beauty product

As the woman behind makeup brand Illuminate Cosmetics, Tisdale knows a thing or two about the products that really matter. One she can’t live without? Oil. She prefers coconut oil, since “you can use it on your face, your skin and your hair,” she says. Her fave is Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($9; amazon.com).

On styling her iconic haircut

For her thick, curly strands, Tisdale recommends SexyHair Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner ($18; ulta.com), which she says helps revive damage. “I have really processed hair, obviously—my color has gone from brunette to blonde in a couple of months, so I like to deep condition it.”

She loves her short hair, though, noting that it gets even better the longer she goes in between washes. “The best thing with short haircuts is that you’re able to leave it a couple of days,” she says. Her go-to tool: a small curling iron that can create her trendy bends. (We love this one from Sutra.)

On her idea of self-care

“I like to take a bath,” says Tisdale, adding that she’ll put bath lavender or bath salts in the tub to elevate the experience. We like Pursoma After The Class Bath Salts ($34; net-a-porter.com) because they’re packed with magnesium, lavender, and essential oils for ultimate relaxation.

On how she gets Maui to calm down

Little known fact: dogs can suffer from anxiety. Tisdale describes her own pup’s panic episodes as just what you would expect from a human—shallow breathing, shaking, the works. To keep Maui at ease, Tisdale has discovered Happy Hempies ($30 for 30 treats; bestbullysticks.com), a hemp-laced dog treat that leave her canine at ease. (Tisdale is an ambassador for the brand.) “It’s the best way to keep her calm,” she says.

Source: Health Magazine