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Jessica Simpson
Distraught with the troubles in her marriage and subsequent divorce, the irresistible Jessica Simpson has not given up and has marched on to make yet another album. Her new release A Public Affair delivers an important message that Jessica is now a young woman who has carried on despite her troubles and it’s a perfect example for her fans.

Her first album in 1999, Jessica, was a slow hit but well noticed, as was her girl-next-door image. Her follow-up Irresistible (2001) made a mark all over the world and it was no wonder that she was ready for a relationship too. Her music, however, isn't selling all that well since then for In This Skin, her third offering barely made gold, despite the success of her reality show Newlyweds and the huge visibility the show had given her. In 2003, Jessica married Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees amid much fanfare, but sadly the marriage did not last, for in November 2005, the couple split.

This August she treats her fans to another dose of pop with A Public Affair. While Jessica refused to sing about her break-up, Lachey used their split as inspiration for the tracks on his latest album What's Left Of Me. However, Nick insists that his record is inspired by his love for Jessica and is not an attack on her like it was rumoured. It's not in any way vindictive or an assault on her. In a lot of ways, it's more of an assault on Nick. Although fans are hoping for reconciliation, Nick has been quoted saying that he knew his marriage was over when Jessica told him at a dinner party, ‘I think I want a divorce.’ Here’s one boy who is smart on the uptake…

However, the question about Jessica's cheating is still open, at least, according to Nick who is dealing with the uncertainty of adultery and sometimes considers it would be easier if he had just walked into the house and found her in bed with another man.

Jessica Simpson has been tight-lipped and out of the limelight since her November break-up with Nick Lachey, but now the superstar opens up to The Record.

Tell us about your first single from your new album A Public Affair?
Jessica: A Public Affair is the first single off my album. I chose the single because it's summer and I wanted to release a song that people could listen to…you know, roll their windows down and just be able to sing along. I just wanted to bring a smile to people's faces. It’s also a reflection of my album. There's a lot of up-tempo dance songs and it's the first time you're really hearing this from Jessica Simpson.

How does this album differ from your previous albums?
Jessica: Working on this album, I didn't really try for anything. And I think that with my last album I was, in a lot of ways, trying to deliver something to the fans and trying to deliver something to the record label that would be accepted. I think this time I've kind of stepped out of that and feel like I've grown into more of the artist that is inside. I think that people are really going to notice that it will have my stamp on it.

Tell us about some of the producers you have collaborated with on this album.
Jessica: I worked with a lot of really talented producers on this record. My dream producers to work with were Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and it was amazing because they really understood and embraced my heart and really understood the place I was in and where I wanted to write from. You have to connect with writers that are really going to write a reflection of your heart for you. So we had that connection that was very spiritual, very powerful. We did some really great music, we actually did one song called Walking Around In A Circle and that's one of my favourite songs on the album, which we took from my journal entry. We actually sampled Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams.

Tell us about your upcoming movie, Employee of the Month.
Jessica: Employee Of The Month was shot with Dane Cook and Dak Shepherd, Andy Dick, Carlin Williams…a lot of stand-up comedians. It kept me on my toes. My mind was always completely focused because I had to know what they were going to say to me to be able to react. It was a hard time in my life, but it was great to be surrounded by laughter. And, it was great to be in New Mexico, which is such a place of serenity and calm. We shot in Acosco; most of it was night shoots, which was hard to adjust. You start to go crazy from the fluorescent lights. (Laughs) But it’s crazy. It's perfect for my next role. I play the normal girl. I'm a cashier, and that's pretty much it. I just smile and have pretty hair.

You can read the rest of our feature on Jessica Simpson in the August 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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