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The return of Hilary Duff (the singer)

Remember when Hilary Duff used to sing? Well, with her new RCA Records contract you won't have to strain your memory.

The former Disney star was announced as the record label's newest addition on July 23, and on July 29 Duff released the first single, "Chasing the Sun," from her upcoming album.

The track, written by Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves and Toby Gad, is in Duff's words a "sneak peek" into her album that's slated to arrive in the fall.

"I've worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I've had in my life and where I want to go from here," Duff said in a statement about the single's release. "I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I'm really proud of the album I've made. 'Chasing The Sun' is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree."

To help illustrate how carefree she wants you to be, Duff wears a bikini in the beach-set music video, and is totally open to back massages from strangers:

So far, it's working out well in Canada: