Ashlee Simpson's Success

Published: 2004-08-03
The "I'm not going to follow in my sister's footsteps" younger sibling of Jessica Simpson has done just that. Ashlee Simpson hit number one with her debut album "Autobiography" the first week it was released.

Simpson is the latest example of what happens when a record label takes mediocre talent, gives it a cookie cutter made for radio sound, and cover it all up with massive marketing complete with a television show. And of course having a family member who has already paved the way doesn't hurt. Nearly 1.75 million viewers saw the MTV show of Ashlee Simpson making her album just days before the album was released; which sold 368,000 copies in its first week. The numbers are more than double sister Jessica's best sales.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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