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Welcome on Ashlee Simpson Daily! This website will provide you the latest news about Ashlee Simpson Ross. Ashlee is back : You can find her each Sundays on E! with her new show with her husband, Evan Ross : 'Ashlee + Evan'. Her new album with Evan will be released this Fall along with a tour. You can listen/buy their singles 'I Do' here, 'Paris' here & 'Safe Zone' here. Ashlee-Simpson.us is also available on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. Thanks for your visit! xoxo
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Message posté par Laura le 10 Juil 2018


Article By Allie Jones

The pop-rock songstress and MTV star gave up celebrity in 2008. Now she has a whole new famous family, and they’re coming for the Kardashians’s time slot.

Did you miss Ashlee Simpson?

The occasionally brunette younger sister of the always-blonde Jessica Simpson has led a quiet, private life in Los Angeles for the last decade. So if you forgot about her stints in MTV reality television (“Newlyweds,” “The Ashlee Simpson Show”), or the three pop-rock albums that followed those shows (“Autobiography,” “I Am Me” and “Bittersweet World”), or her marriage to Pete Wentz (now you remember), consider it forgiven.

After the birth of her first child, in 2008, Ms. Simpson retreated from fame to focus on motherhood. Now, at 33, she says she is ready to “jump back in the pool.”

This fall, she will release a new album, launch a clothing line and star in a reality show for E! — all at the same time. The synergistic approach worked for her before: “The Ashlee Simpson Show,” which cast her as the rebellious, dark horse sister of a pop princess, helped her first album go triple platinum in 2004.

A lot has changed since then. When Ms. Simpson’s eponymous reality show premiered on MTV, only a few celebrities, like Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith, had embraced the medium. Ms. Simpson’s father and then-manager, Joe Simpson, saw in television an opportunity for his daughters. He first engineered a new level of fame for Jessica beyond her singing career with the 2003 MTV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica”; it focused on Jessica’s “dumb blonde” antics, Christian upbringing and young marriage to the 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey. For “The Ashlee Simpson Show,” Mr. Simpson, a former pastor, abandoned the Christian message and presented Ashlee as a success-driven teen determined to get out from under her sister’s shadow. Both shows were immediate hits and made the Simpsons household names.

Today, the reality TV pool is a vast ocean, populated by innumerable attractive people with entertaining family dynamics. The Kardashian sisters picked up right where the Simpsons left off when they launched their reality show on E! in 2008 and have since created a billion-dollar brand. When Ms. Simpson’s new show premieres in September, it will air in the time slot following “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” (Again, synergy.)

As of this moment, the sisters from Calabasas are the biggest names in reality. But Ms. Simpson has a new family dynamic that she hopes will be entertaining enough to differentiate her from the pack. In 2014, she married Evan Ross, the youngest son of Diana Ross and the late Norwegian businessman Arne Naess, Jr. (Like many of his siblings, Mr. Ross uses his mother’s last name.) This unlikely union, between a former teen reality star from Waco, Tex., and the son of a pop legend, who grew up palling around with Michael Jackson in his mother’s Greenwich, Conn., home, will be the focus of the series, titled “Ashlee & Evan.”

Mr. Ross, who sings and acts in the Fox series “Star,” will also share top billing on Ms. Simpson’s new album. The couple has recorded a series of soulful duets — inspired, they say, by those performed by Ms. Ross and Marvin Gaye in the 1970s — and they will release a new track with each episode of the show. (The clothing line is similarly a joint effort: It is named after the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Jagger Snow, and features gender-neutral pieces reflective of the couple’s tendency to share clothes.)

The family’s decision to pursue reality TV was born of a desire to broadcast their happiness, Ms. Simpson said on a recent Friday afternoon in a recording studio in Hollywood, sitting on a deep leather couch next to her husband.

Both she and Mr. Ross were wearing slim, light-wash jeans and oversized white T-shirts, and the two were physically expressive with each other, taking turns praising each other’s talents in conversation. At one point, Mr. Ross sat on the arm of the couch above Ms. Simpson and rubbed her shoulders. They said they were happy and they did seem that way.

But they had a problem. “I feel like people see pictures of us, but they don’t know us,” Ms. Simpson said. It’s an issue they hope reality TV will fix.

O.K., but Can We Talk About Diana?

Mr. Ross and Ms. Simpson were married on a drizzly day in August 2014, at Diana Ross’s estate in Greenwich, Conn. The bride wore a white lace crop-top wedding dress and a feathered tiara; the groom wore a black velvet tuxedo and a Homburg hat. Ms. Ross’s backyard was strung with dream-catchers and flickering white lanterns to reflect the couple’s “bohemian” style, and a choir closed the ceremony with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

The event was a true blending of famous families: The groom’s half sisters, Chudney Ross, Rhonda Ross and the Emmy-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross, were bridesmaids, and Jessica Simpson was the matron of honor. Jessica’s husband, the former N.F.L. tight end Eric Johnson, was a groomsman, and the couple’s children, Max and Ace, filled the roles of flower girl and ring bearer. The bridesmaids reportedly all wore heels from the Jessica Simpson Collection (available at a Macy’s near you).

Diana Ross not only hosted but officiated the couple’s ceremony and later, performed at the reception.

It was amazing,” Mr. Ross said. “I kept telling people before the wedding, ‘I think Mom’s gonna perform.’ She had never said she would, so she was like, ‘You better stop telling people I’m performing at your wedding!’ And then right after the wedding, we’re at the party, and all of the sudden I could hear Mom’s voice coming over, and she sang ‘Endless Love.’

It was “magical,” said Ms. Simpson, who also goes by Ashlee Simpson-Ross. “I love her so much.”

Mr. Ross and Ms. Simpson grew up across the country from each other, where both dreamed of becoming famous someday. Ms. Simpson got her start playing a teenage babysitter on the Christian family drama “7th Heaven” before breaking out as a personality on “Newlyweds.” “The Ashlee Simpson Show” followed shortly thereafter, when Ms. Simpson was 19 years old. Mr. Ross, who is now 29, said he caught the bug even earlier. “I think I was always singing and dancing for somebody,” he said, in a light, melodic voice. “I can’t imagine you not!” Ms. Simpson said, laughing and clasping his hand.

Naturally, the two met through friends at a club in Hollywood. Mr. Ross said he was — is — good friends with one of Ms. Simpson’s ex-boyfriends, the spiky haired singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera, who featured heavily on “The Ashlee Simpson Show.” Mr. Ross and Ms. Simpson started dating officially in 2013, two years after Ms. Simpson split from her first husband, Pete Wentz, of the band Fall Out Boy. (Ms. Simpson and Mr. Wentz share a 9-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli.)

Mr. Ross was aware of Ms. Simpson’s work before they started a relationship. “I had seen maybe an episode or two” of “The Ashlee Simpson Show,” he said, grinning. “I thought she was super cute.”

Ms. Simpson, in turn, was very familiar with Mr. Ross’s family. She recalled feeling nervous before meeting Diana Ross for the first time in 2013, after a concert Ms. Ross performed at the Hollywood Bowl. “I tried to wear something really cute,” she said.

The initial meeting went well, and Ms. Simpson got her future mother-in-law’s approval. “She loves Ashlee so much,” Mr. Ross said. “They’re somewhat a lot alike in ways.”

In fact, Mr. Ross said, his mom “was just at the studio last week” offering counsel on the couple’s album. “She’s so involved in our life and music and [with our] kids. As much as she’s still working like crazy, she’s so excited about all the stuff we’re doing and the music.”

And she has brought Ms. Simpson into the family fold. Ms. Simpson’s father managed her early career, but she now shares a publicist with her husband and Ms. Ross.

Tracee Ellis Ross is similarly supportive. “I talk to Tracee almost every day just about everything,” said Mr. Ross. The “Blackish” star helps the couple decide when “to say no to stuff,” he explained. “Tracee’s wise,” Ms. Simpson concurred.

Ms. Ross said in an email that she thinks the couple’s reality show “is a beautiful and perfect celebration of their love of each other and I am so thrilled that it showcases their music, because I think their music is incredible. I am also very excited that Ashlee is singing again! She has such a beautiful voice.

So: Will Diana Ross be appearing on reality TV? What about Tracee? Mr. Ross would not say for sure. The show is currently being edited, and, he joked, some people “might not make the cut.”

My mom and dad are definitely on it,” Ms. Simpson said cheerfully.

“Little Ashlee”

Ms. Simpson’s parents were heavily involved in her first show, which premiered on MTV on June 16, 2004. Her father was an executive producer, and her mother, Tina Simpson, made frequent appearances to teach her daughter the important lessons of adulthood, like how to use a mop. The show aired in the time slot directly following “Newlyweds,” and each sister regularly appeared on the other’s program.

Though “The Ashlee Simpson Show” was launched as a follow-up to the successful “Newlyweds,” it mostly served to establish Ashlee as a distinct character from Jessica, who at the time was famous for proclaiming to be a virgin before her wedding day and for her lovably ditsy struggle to embrace domestic life. (“Is this chicken what I have, or is this fish?” she famously remarked on “Newlyweds,” in reference to a can of Chicken of the Sea tuna.)

During the first season of her show, Ashlee dyed her hair dark brown, made out with boys (including Mr. Cabrera, who happened to be a client of Mr. Simpson’s, too) and scrawled pop-punk songs about “living in the shadow” of her sister in her notebook. During a recording-studio scene in which she “wrote” a song about growing up with Jessica, she described the concept to her older, schlubby male producer: “I’ve been wanting to write a song about being in the shadow, and I always felt like I was sort of like stuck in the shadow, but I think it’d be cool if it was like, coming out of the shadow, don’t you think?”

“Right,” said the producer, strumming an acoustic guitar and staring into the middle distance.

The program was both a successful vehicle for Ms. Simpson — many of her songs featured on the show, “Shadow” included, made their way to the Billboard Hot 100 — and a brilliant display of the silliness involved in star-making. In another scene, Ms. Simpson went to visit Geffen Records’ then-president Jordan Schur along with her ever-present dad, Joe. Discouraged by the slow progress of making her album, Ashlee, wearing a bright aqua tank top, slunk into an oversized arm chair in Schur’s office. Mr. Schur reminded her of his vision for her music in baldly comical record-executive-speak. “I feel you’re one part pop, one part rock, and then you’re one part Ashlee,” he said. “I mean, there’s something very unique about you.”

“The Ashlee Simpson Show” also brought viewers behind the scenes of dramatic events in Ms. Simpson’s life, like the “Saturday Night Live” lip-syncing incident. In the fall of 2004, she appeared on the late-night show to perform two hits from her first album. She played the first song, “Pieces of Me,” without a hitch, but when she returned to the stage to perform the second, a backing track of her singing “Pieces of Me” rang out, while she held the mic by her side. Panicked, Ms. Simpson danced awkwardly for a few seconds (she later described it as a “hoedown”) and ran off the stage. NBC quickly cut to a commercial, but the damage was done: News outlets replayed the embarrassing moment for days.

On the first episode of the second season of “The Ashlee Simpson Show,” however, the Simpsons reclaimed the narrative, before that was even really a term of art. MTV aired footage of Ms. Simpson preparing for the ill-fated performance. She admitted to lip-syncing and revealed that she nearly lost her voice the morning of the show after a bout of acid reflux. She consulted with a doctor on the set of “S.N.L.” who advised her not to sing live in order to avoid further damage to her vocal cords.

Addressing the incident on the show was a canny move, in terms of publicity. It created a second wave of coverage of the event, but this time it was more positive and engendered sympathy for the teenage acid reflux sufferer. (The Kardashians now use this playbook to deal with scandals on their shows.)

Looking back now, I just want to go hug that poor girl in those moments,” Ms. Simpson said, sighing and reminiscing about the humiliation. “Like, ‘Aw, little Ashlee.’”

She needs a hug!” Mr. Ross said.

This time, Ms. Simpson will have even more control of her narrative: She and Mr. Ross are executive producers on “Ashlee & Evan.”

We wanted the show to look a certain way and have certain feels,” Ms. Simpson said.

Sometimes, when reality TV stars become producers, their shows get boring. What public figure would choose to air their worst moments to an audience? But Ms. Simpson assured me “Ashlee & Evan” will have plenty of drama.

There’s drama,” she said, giggling.

The thing about us is, we are passionate, so we do argue,” Mr. Ross said. As an example, he said, sometimes he wants to stay late at the studio to work on music, and Ms. Simpson wants to go home to the kids.

We do go through things,” Ms. Simpson added. “I think for me, as a mom, getting back into music, and getting back to working and like, balancing — that is a real juggle for me.”

Onscreen drama makes for good TV, but it can be the kiss of death for romance. Does it worry the couple that some marriages — Ms. Simpson’s sister’s included — last only as long as the show does? (Jessica filed for divorce from Mr. Lachey a few months after the final episode of “Newlyweds” aired.)

Everybody’s like, are you worried about your relationship? And the whole thing like that,” Mr. Ross said. “But I’m like, if something that bad happens in your relationship because you guys are working together doing a show, then you probably weren’t supposed to be together. It might have helped you guys figure out that you guys weren’t working!

Ms. Simpson said her sister was “very encouraging” when she told her about the new show. “She was like, ‘Go show the world your sweet self.’”

In an email, Jessica expressed wholehearted support for the new venture. “Ashlee is an incredibly smart woman,” she said. “She is a wonderful wife and mother. She and Evan bring out the best in each other, they are all heart!

“Conversations of Love”

Like “The Ashlee Simpson Show,” “Ashlee & Evan” will serve as marketing for the real product: music. “Each episode, it’s really true to us, and at the end of every episode we’re releasing a single,” Mr. Ross explained. “It’s a cool, unique kind of way of doing something.” He expressed excitement about bringing their musical vision to a wider audience. (Though Mr. Ross grew up, as he says, “in the public eye,” he is not as well known as his wife.)

The duets Ms. Simpson and Mr. Ross have been working on bear little resemblance to the kind of punk-influenced pop Ms. Simpson released in the mid-2000s, however. In the studio, they played me three of them, all soulful, ’70s-inspired numbers about falling in love. (“I Do,” which their publicist said he envisions being played at weddings, goes like this: “You’re asking me if I love you/ I do, I do, I do, I do, I do.”)

The theme of the album, Ms. Simpson said giddily, is “conversations of love.”

She came up with that idea,” Mr. Ross said.

He looked to his mom as an influence when they were writing songs, as well as to her friends “Michael” (that would be Jackson) and Luther Vandross. The Ross family connections also led Mr. Ross and Ms. Simpson to an unexpected collaborator on their album: Verdine White, the Grammy-winning bass player from Earth, Wind and Fire. Mr. White hopped in the studio one day to sit in on a recording session, and he liked the music so much, the couple said, that he asked to play on the entire record. “He is the best,” said Ms. Simpson, reverently.

And he comes with presents!” Mr. Ross added. “We get to the studio and he had like, candles with our names on it that he had got at Barneys. He’s like the sweetest dude of all time.”

Mr. White will appear on “Ashlee & Evan,” the couple said.

Ms. Simpson said that she is excited about taking a new musical direction. “Growing up I always loved soul and R&B and India Arie and Lauryn Hill and all that, and I think like you’ll feel vibes of that,” she said. But she still sounds like Ashlee. “I feel like my tone of my voice, you definitely know it’s me,” she giggled.

Throughout our conversation, both Mr. Ross and Ms. Simpson expressed that the timing for all of this — the album, the show, the clothing line — is right. They couldn’t say why, exactly, but they believe it. Despite how long she’s enjoyed a relatively private life, Ms. Simpson said she isn’t nervous about courting public attention again. “All that time” she has been off the air “has been great and precious for me, because I’ve really grown up and I’m a different woman,” she said. “I’m grown up now. And I have good love.”

Mr. Ross and Ms. Simpson said they did not have particular sales numbers in mind for the album or a ratings goal for the show. “I mean, everybody wants things to do well, but I think the good part about this is like, it’s all love,” Mr. Ross said. “What’s the worst thing that could happen?

People don’t like it,” said Ms. Simpson.

You just gotta hope for the best,” Mr. Ross said. “Man, if they totally don’t like it, you’re like, damn, I must be boring.”

Source : NYTimes.com