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A Public Affair
Studio album by Jessica Simpson
Released August 26, 2006
(See release history)
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Dance pop, Techno, R&B, Hip hop, Disco
Length 50:44
54:29 (with bonus track)
Label Epic
Producer Jessica Simpson, Lester Mendez, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea, Scott Storch, Stargate
Professional reviews
Jessica Simpson chronology
Rejoyce: The Christmas Album
A Public Affair
Do You Know
Singles from A Public Affair
  1. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
    Released: May 29, 2005
  2. "A Public Affair"
    Released: June 29, 2006
  3. "I Belong To Me"
    Released: September 26, 2006

A Public Affair is the fourth studio album by American pop singer Jessica Simpson. The album is Simpson's first effort following her divorce from Nick Lachey in early 2006.

The UK version was released on February 12 and included the video for "A Public Affair" and the audio for "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" as UK bonus tracks. Ultimately, it was a commercial disappointment. This is the last pop album Simpson did before switching to country.

A Public Affair has shipped 500,000 units in the US and sold just 300,000 units to date (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Worldwide, its total figure stands at around 900,000 copies, a very low figure compared with her previous albums.



Scott Storch describes the track entitled "Fired Up" as "Jessica's 'Dirrty'". Simpson recorded another club track, "Mr. Operator," with Storch during their sessions together. The song "Sexified" was available for listen at PromoSquad in 2005, but did not make the final cut for the album and is a possible B-Side. Simpson recorded a cover version of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," but it did not make the final cut. Simpson wrote "Fired Up" for her friend, Cacee Cobb "since that's what she always says".

Album cover

With only a month to go until the release of A Public Affair, Simpson switched the cover picture of the album. The first cover art for the album surfaced showing a sultry Simpson with her hair down, sporting a dress with the straps pulled down. However, it was ultimately decided to go with more of a girl-next-door look. Simpson's representative Rob Shuter tells TMZ the final decision on a cover had not been made by the time one had to be provided to Simpson's record label, so the first cover option (of three choices they had) was given. That cover was ultimately not chosen, and Simpson went with the cover shown here. The new album cover has a casual-looking Simpson "with nothing but a t-shirt on," her hair pulled back and wearing a ring on her right index finger.

Critical reception

A Public Affair received mixed reviews in the press, including a two-star rating from Rolling Stone. The album was criticized for lack of originality, particularly its similarities to previous Top 40 pop and disco hits from the 70s and 80s, with few contemporary elements. The lead single "A Public Affair" was especially criticized for its similarities to Madonna's "Holiday", Diana Ross' "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and Earth Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove.". Bill Lamb from About.com stated that: "The final 5 songs of A Public Affair are worth hearing for Jessica Simpson fans. I just hope fans can maintain their interest long enough to get there."[3]


Choosing the Second single

When the first official single was released, fans expected the club-track "Fired Up" to be the second official single from the album. Weeks later, in an MTV interview Simpson stated that "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" might be the second single from the album and that she would like to tour after three or four songs have been released from the record. However, on August 9, 2006, Simpson stated on her official website that she wanted her fans to choose the second single from the album; she provides six choices, which were:

  • "If You Were Mine"
  • "The Lover in Me"
  • "I Belong to Me"- Received the most votes, and was confirmed to be second single on 8/23/06.
  • "B.O.Y."
  • "I Don't Want to Care"

Simpson stated on a radio interview on August 23, 2006 that the second official single from the album would be "I Belong to Me". The album originally did not include the track "I Belong to Me", Simpson stated that the track would only be included on a special version of the album which is being sold only in Wal-Mart. On the iTunes version of the album, "I Belong to Me" is included. However, less than two weeks after the album release, her record company decided to start shipping albums with "I Belong To Me" included for every retailer, today, the album can be purchased anywhere with the bonus track included. Simpson did mention that the albums will have a special code in which fans can download the song for free. 2nd Single Poll

The song, "B.O.Y." samples the opening guitar riff of The Cars' "Just What I Needed" and shows a sexier, more europop side of Simpson. Erica Driscoll, singer of indie-pop band Blondfire (formerly Astaire) co-wrote the song, originally entitled "B.O.Y. Y?" with Wally Gagel (who had worked with acts such as Folk Implosion, Muse, and New Order). Many fans wonder why "Fired up" wasn't released as a single, the song had a strong popularity and many plays on youtube.

Track listing

  1. "A Public Affair" – 3:21 (Simpson, Austin, Kurstin, Watters, Biancaniello, Mendez, Ashford, Simpson)
  2. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" – 3:49 (Percy, Burns, Coy, Lever)
  3. "B.O.Y." – 3:22 (Driscoll, Gagel, Ocasek)
  4. "If You Were Mine" – 3:17 (Watters, Biancaniello, Kurstin, Gray, Sewell)
  5. "Walkin' 'Round In A Circle" – 4:40 (Simpson, Austin, Harris III, Lewis, Nicks)
  6. "The Lover In Me" – 3:41 (Simpson, Childress, Austin, Biancaniello, Watters, Gray)
  7. "Swing With Me" – 3:25 (Prima, Simpson, Rooney, Shea, Cobb, Alexander)
  8. "Push Your Tush" – 4:48 (Simpson, Harris III, Lewis, Tolbert, Bonner, Beck, Williams, Pierce, Jones, Middlebrooks, Satchell)
  9. "Back to You" – 4:11 (Simpson, Harris III, Lewis)
  10. "Between You & I" – 4:58 (Simpson, Rooney)
  11. "I Don't Want To Care" – 3:57 (Simpson, Eriksen, Hermansen, Riddick, Lind, Bjorklund, Beite, Hvidsten)
  12. "Fired Up" – 3:58 (Jessica Simpson, Scott Storch, Penelope Magnet, Jeff Bowden)
  13. "Let Him Fly" – 3:11 (Griffin)
  14. "I Belong To Me" – 3:40 (Warren)
  15. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (UK Bonus Track) - 3:58 (Hazlewood)
  16. "A Public Affair" [Enhanced Video] (UK Bonus Track)

The Circuit City version of the album had a bonus track as track 14: "A Public Affair" (Extended Version).

Chart Performance

The album debuted at # 5 on the Billboard 200[4], selling over 101,000 copies in its first week. Although Simpson first marked highest sales week of her career, the total sales of the album ended up being disappointing. A Public Affair has only 500,000 units shipped in the U.S. and only sold 300,000 to date (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

In Canada the album debuted at the 6, marking its highest position in the albums chart in Canada and was certificate Gold for 50,000 copies sold.

In Philippines debuted at number 18.

A Public Affair made the Top 40 in Japan, Ireland and Australia, the latter a record low compared to previous post In This Skin album which reached number 13 and reached the state of Platinum.

In the Worldwide has only sold 900,000 copies, a very low figure compared with their previous albums,with which it is considered a commercial failure.


Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 5
Top Internet Albums 5
Canadian Albums Chart 6
Japan Oricon International Album Chart 22
Irish Albums Chart 32
Australian ARIA 33
UK Album Chart 65
Japan Oricon Album Chart 72
Hungarian Mahasz Album Chart 15

Album credits

  • Abe Laboriel Jr. - Drums
  • Andrew Rugg - Engineer
  • Barry Danielian - Trumpet
  • Bobby Ross Avila - Bass
  • Brett Ratner - Photography
  • Brian Warwick - Assistant Engineer
  • Cacee Cobb - Vocals (Background)
  • Chris August - Vocals (Background)
  • Chris Megert - Vocal Arrangement
  • Conrad Golding - Engineer
  • Cory Rooney - Drum Programming, Keyboards, Producer, Vocal Producer
  • Dan Kurtz - Bass
  • Dan Shea - Keyboards, Producer
  • Dave Pensado - Mixing
  • David Andrew Mann - Sax (Tenor)
  • David E. Williams - Guitar
  • David Levita - Guitar
  • Dorian Holly - Vocals (Background)
  • Eric Rennaker - Assistant Engineer
  • Espen Lind - Keyboards
  • Evan Lamberg - A&R
  • Farra Mathews - A&R
  • Gary Novak - Drums
  • Greg Kurstin - Guitar, Keyboards, Producer, Programming
  • Ian Cross - Engineer, Mixing
  • Jerry Brown - Drums
  • Jessica Paster - Wardrobe
  • Jessica Simpson - Vocals, Executive Producer
  • Jimmy Jam - Keyboards, Producer
  • Jimmy Wright - Keyboards
  • Joe Simpson - Executive Producer, Management
  • Joe Wohlmuth - Engineer
  • Joe Zook - Mixing
  • Justin King - Guitar
  • Keith Gretlein - Assistant Engineer
  • Ken Paves - Hair Stylist
  • Laurie Rosenwald - Cover Typeset
  • Lester Mendez - Arranger, Beats, Moog Synthesizer, Piano, Producer
  • Louis Biancaniello - Keyboards, Mixing, Producer, Programming
  • Lyle Workman - Guitar
  • Magnus Beite - Keyboards
  • Makeba Riddick - Vocals (Background)
  • Matt Marrin - Engineer, Mixing
  • Mike Terry - Engineer
  • Mikkel S. Eriksen - Engineer, Instrumentation, Vocal Producer
  • Nikki Harris - Vocals (Background)
  • Orlando Calzada - Engineer
  • Ozzie Melendez - Trombone
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. - Guitar
  • Peter Wade - Engineer
  • Phil Tan - Mixing
  • Rafael Padilla - Percussion
  • Ravaughn Brown - Vocals (Background)
  • Reuben Rodriguez - Bass
  • Ron Allaire - Engineer
  • Sam Watters - Mixing, Producer
  • Scott Storch - Producer
  • Serban Ghenea - Mixing
  • Sharlotte Gibson - Vocals (Background)
  • Sherree Ford Brown - Vocals (Background)
  • Siedah Garrett - Vocal Arrangement, Vocals (Background)
  • Steve Geuting - Assistant Engineer
  • Tamyra Gray - Vocals (Background)
  • Terry Lewis - Producer
  • Tim Roberts - Mixing Assistant
  • Tony Tolbert - Vocals (Background)
  • Valente Torrez - Assistant Engineer
  • Vince Cherico - Drums
  • Vlado Meller - Mastering
  • Wally Gagel - Mixing, Producer
  • Wally Gagel - Engineer, Instrumentation
  • Xandy Barry - Producer

Release history

Region Date
Australia August 26, 2006
United States August 29, 2006
Japan September 27, 2006
United Kingdom February 12, 2007
Germany March 2, 2007


  1. ^ link http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/11368857/a_public_affair link] Rollingstone.com
  2. ^ http://musicserver.cz/clanek/18099/Jessica-Simpson--A-Public-Affair/link Musicserver.cz
  3. ^ http://top40.about.com/od/albums/fr/jsimpsonpaffair.htm
  4. ^ [1]

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