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Biography #2 (for Dukes of Hazzard)

Multi-platinum singing sensation Jessica Simpson is known not only as a successful musical artist, but a refreshingly honest and positive role model.

With a hit album and the enormously popular MTV series Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, with husband Nick Lachey, Jessica is on top of the world. Enjoying tremendous success since her 1999 debut album Sweet Kisses, Jessica's release, In This Skin, showcased her transition from pop-star to mature woman. She is currently recording a new album which is due out later this year.

ABC's first special with Simpson & Lachey, The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour, garnered such high ratings for it's Easter weekend broadcast that the network immediately ordered another. Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas kicked off the 2004 holiday season with similarly stellar ratings. In addition to Nick and Jessica's Variety Hour and Nick and Jessica's Family Christmas, Nick and Jessica's Tour of Duty proved to be yet another hit for the network. Enjoying the peak of popularity, Jessica completed her first national headlining tour in 2004, released her first Christmas album and is making her feature film debut in The Dukes of Hazzard. Along with her starring role, Jessica also recorded These Boots Are Made For Walkin' with Willie Nelson for the Dukes soundtrack. With a new merchandising and licensing deal, more acting and recording projects, and still more dreams to fulfill, 2005 has proven to be another banner year.

In response to the steadily increasing popularity of Jessica and her music, Columbia Records released a special expanded version of In This Skin in March. With You, Jessica's biggest hit single to date (and the first she has co-written), hit the #1 spot on the Billboard/Monitor Top 40 Mainstream Audience chart. A video for the song was among the most played on MTV and her videos for Take My Breath Away and Angels received massive airplay on the network.

The expanded version of In This Skin featured two newly-recorded bonus tracks: Jessica's soaring renditions of Take My Breath Away (from Top Gun) and Robbie Williams' Angels. The album also contained an exclusive acoustic version of Jessica's #1 hit single, With You, an exclusive DVD featuring classic scenes from the first season of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, as well as romantic footage from Nick and Jessica's wedding.

Originally released in late August 2003, In This Skin debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart the week of its release and had fallen to #127 by October. In one of the most remarkable sales turnarounds in recent pop history In This Skin, driven by With You and Jessica's television stardom, began climbing back up the charts and into the Top 20 in early 2004.

ReJoyce The Christmas Album and the Jessica Simpson Reality Tour Live DVD, a live DVD capturing an outstanding performance from the singer's enormously successful 2004 Reality Tour concert series were both released in November 2005. Named in honor of her grandmother, ReJoyce The Christmas Album is Jessica's yuletide present to fans and music lovers everywhere, a holiday package brimming over with some of Jessica's favorite holiday songs, fresh interpretations of seasonal music ranging from timeless Christmas carols to contemporary holiday standards.

With endorsements and other opportunities pouring in, Jessica appeared in a Super Bowl spot with the Muppets for Pizza Hut. She launched her fragrance line, Dessert, in April 2004 as a partner in the venture and has since introduced two line extensions, Taste and Dessert Treats. In addition to Dessert, Jessica is preparing to launch her own clothing line and has numerous other merchandising projects in the works. Jessica has been featured on the covers of magazines all over the world and is considered an international style icon.

She and Nick experienced yet another career high in January 2004, hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live and Jessica fulfilled a dream of performing alongside such artists as Patti LaBelle and Cyndi Lauper on VH1's Divas telecast.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jessica shared bills with gospel acts like Kirk Franklin, God's Property and CeCe Winans, and toured in support of the pop group 98 - which featured her future husband, Nick Lachey - prior to the 1999 release of her Columbia Records debut album Sweet Kisses, in 2000. The double platinum Sweet Kisses featured Jessica's massive breakthrough hit, I Wanna Love You Forever. The title track to Irresistible, her 2001 follow-up, was a similar crossover smash.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Dukes of Hazzard" (28-Aug-2005)


Biography #3

Jessica Ann Simpson is an American pop singer who rose to fame during the late 1990s. She has starred with her husband Nick Lachey in the MTV reality show Newlyweds, released her own line of beauty products called Dessert and has also started a career as an actress.

Early life and career

Simpson was born in Abilene, Texas and raised in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. She is the daughter of Joe and Tina Simpson and has a younger sister, Ashlee, who launched her own music career in mid-2004. Jessica started singing at the age of twelve as a part of her Baptist church choir. At the same age, she made an unsuccessful application for The New Mickey Mouse Club, which starred fellow singers Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, among other future stars.

Simpson was discovered singing at a church camp by a head of a small CCM record label and recorded an album over the next three years, although it was never released due to the label folding. While waiting for the album to be released, she toured with the Christian Youth Conference circuit performing with Kirk Franklin, God's Property and CeCe Winans. She and her father sold copies of the album after her performances.

Tommy Mottola of Columbia Records obtained a copy of the album and, thinking she had potential as a pop singer, signed her as such.

Pop beginnings

On November 23, 1999, Simpson released her debut pop album Sweet Kisses, reaching a peak of #25 on the US Billboard 200 chart and also making the top 40 of the UK charts. The album proved to be a success, selling over 2 million copies in the US. Her first single, the platinum-selling I Wanna Love You Forever, reached the top 5 of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the top 10 in Canada and the UK in late 1999. Her second single, a duet with then-boyfriend, now-husband Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees, Where You Are, was a modest radio hit. The last single off the album, the John Mellencamp-sampled I Think I'm In Love With You, was a top 40 hit in the US and a top 20 hit in Canada and the UK. In 2000, Simpson won two Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Artist and Love Song of the Year (Where You Are featuring Nick Lachey).

Simpson's sophomore effort Irresistible, released on June 5, 2001, reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and top 20 of the Canadian album charts. Despite this improvement, the album's sales were less than satisfactory; to date, it has only managed to be certified gold in the US for selling over 500,000 copies. The title track, which was featured as the lead single, went top 20 in the US, Canada and the UK, as well as top 40 in Australia and Switzerland. A follow-up single entitled A Little Bit was also released, but failed to achieve much success apart from going top 20 in Portugal. Compared to her competition in ex-Mouseketeers Aguilera and Spears, Simpson seemed to be lagging behind in terms of chart success and sales.

Between her second and third albums, Simpson released a collection of remixes entitled This Is The Remix on July 2, 2002. However, the collection failed to even chart on the Billboard 200, suffering from lack of promotion.

On October 26, 2002, Simpson wed Nick Lachey on live television.

Newlyweds and In This Skin

During the Summer of 2003, Simpson and husband Lachey's reality show Newlyweds began airing on MTV. Though Simpson was famous before the series began, the show is what's really responsible for making her a true star. Throughout the run of three seasons, she often appeared as a stereotype of a dumb blonde, notably when she asked whether the Chicken of the Sea tuna she was eating was chicken or fish, and when she thought that buffalo wings were made from actual buffalo; her apparent stupidity made the show a huge hit, making the average rating for each episode 2-3 million viewers. When introduced to Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Simpson responded: You've done a nice job decorating the White House. Banking on the success of her new popularity, she appeared on a variety show with Lachey on the ABC called the Nick and Jessica Variety Hour on April 11, 2004. A pilot for a sitcom on ABC was also planned, but was rejected by network executives in May 2004. During the Summer of 2004, Simpson won three Teen Choice Awards for Choice Female Fashion Icon, Choice Hottie Female and Choice Female Reality/Variety TV Star, further proving that Newlyweds had greatly strengthened her overall popularity. In 2005, the series finally wrapped.

Coinciding with Newlyweds, her third album, In This Skin, was released on August 19, 2003. On a whole, the record featured a much more mature sound compared to her earlier releases. Though the album initially was not a huge success, it got its chance to rebound on the charts when a special collector's edition was released on March 2, 2004. This helped Skin to reach a peak of #2 on the Billboard 200 and the top 40 of the UK charts, due largely in part to the success of Newlyweds. The album eventually proved to be her most successful, selling over 3 million copies in the US and allowing her teetering music career a second chance. The lead single off the album was a cover of Diane Warren's Sweetest Sin; the song was not very successful, however, and caused a backlash in sales of Skin early on. The follow-up single, the gold-selling With You, enjoyed much more success, and became her biggest hit since I Wanna Love You Forever. The song went top 10 in the UK and top 20 in the US and Australia, as well as on world adult charts. The third single, a cover of Berlin's Take My Breath Away, also went top 20 in the US. A cover version of Robbie Williams' Angels was released as the fourth and final single.

Media mogul

After the success of Newlyweds, many doors opened for Simpson to branch out in her career. One way was by creating her own line of beauty products called Dessert. The show's success also gave Simpson the opportunity to release an album of Christmas songs; the end product, Rejoyce: The Christmas Album, appeared on November 23, 2004. For a collection of holiday covers, the album proved successful; it reached the top 20 of the Billboard 200 and was certified gold in 2005. It includes a duet with her sister Ashlee on the song Little Drummer Boy. Jessica and Ashlee also performed the song together on Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas, which aired on the ABC on December 1, 2004.

More recently, Simpson has made her way into the world of acting; her film debut in the The Dukes of Hazzard is set to hit theaters in August 2005. One of the tracks off the soundtrack for the movie, These Boots Are Made For Walkin', is sung by none another than Simpson and is being used as a single to promote the film.

Upcoming projects for Simpson include a role in the film Room Service, aswell as a clothing line set to be released by the end of 2005.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jessica Simpson" (01-Jul-2005)


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