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Jessica Simpson,She can talk, but can’t sing

30 August 2006...Jessica Simpson lost her voice just as she was gearing up to promote her new album, “A Public Affair.” “She’s been ordered to rest . . . She can talk,. . .you know, she can’t sing,”
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Simpson’s rep Rob Shuter told the press. Shuter explained that Simpson, 25, fell ill Friday and has “a strain, a bruise on her vocal cord.” Nick Lachey’s ex-wife had to cancel a planned appearance on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” this week but turned up for MTV’s “Total Request Live” yesterday afternoon to sign CDs for her fans. She’s hoping to feel better by Friday when she is scheduled to perform on NBC’s
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Few celebrities have predicated their fame on married life more than Jessica Simpson.

Simpson was a minor pop star with sagging record sales before 2003, when MTV‘s Newlyweds made her a reality TV sensation. Previously a bland, girl-next-door modelled after Britney Spears, the blond Texan was suddenly revealed to be a charmingly ditzy young woman in love, a princess in a comical L.A. fairy tale.

Simpson herself has often remarked how much her marriage did for her career. Since the start of the show, which ran for three seasons, she‘s reported to have earned more than $30 million US annually.

The couple traded on their wedded popularity with a network variety show and holiday specials. But when their marriage fell apart, so did their well-manicured image — and tabloid rumours of bitter fights, infidelity and diva-like behaviour seemed to especially sully Simpson.

A Public Affair, released today, is Simpson‘s fifth solo album, and her first since the divorce. The question is: Will fans embrace Simpson as a solo act as much as they did a newlywed?

Many, including her new label, Epic Records, are banking on it. Simpson‘s album arrives atop a marketing blitz that features myriad ways to text, download and experience the new Jessica.

The video for the disc‘s first single, the title track, features guest stars like Eva Longoria, Christina Applegate and Ryan Seacrest.

The message is clear: Simpson‘s friends are stars; Simpson is a star.

And unlike Nick Lachey‘s tear-jerker hit What‘s Left Of Me, which used their broken marriage as inspiration, the single avoids any post-marital subtext. It‘s a carefree piece of grade-A bubblegum, infectious enough that it will likely ease Simpson‘s post-Newlyweds transition.

That‘s the right approach, says veteran Hollywood publicist Michael Levine.

“The first thing I would do is stop any things that are negative,” says Levine. “She needs to individuate herself from this marriage. She needs to not do things that play to that past story. What she needs to do is change the subject.”

There are two songs on the album, though, that clearly reference Lachey and their break-up. Simpson closes the disc with a cover of Patty Griffin‘s Let Him Fly. And on b.o.y., she sings: “Can you be my witness?/ Cause I‘m still needin‘ this boy/ breakin‘ my heart, takin‘ my money.”

Levine notes that people love a soap opera just as much as a fairy tale, and expects Simpson‘s assets of youth (she‘s still just 26) and beauty to make future success a definite possibility.

Publicist Michael Sands is more inclined to think Simpson‘s career outlook is bleak now that she‘s “out of character.”

“She‘s off the tabloids — she‘s not the cover girl anymore,” he says.

Since Simpson‘s 1999 debut album, one aspect of Simpson‘s brand has been a wholesomeness and a Christian faith that she frequently speaks of in interviews. She professed that she remained a virgin until she got married, and made a very traditional Christmas album in 2004.
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