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Do You Know
Studio album by Jessica Simpson
Released September 9, 2008
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Country
Length 43:38
Label Epic/Columbia Nashville
Producer Brett James, John Shanks
Professional reviews
Jessica Simpson chronology
A Public Affair
(2006)
Do You Know
(2008)
From The Heart: The Singles Collection
(2010)
Singles from Do You Know
  1. "Come on Over"
    Released: May 27, 2008
  2. "Remember That"
    Released: September 30, 2008
  3. "Pray Out Loud"
    Released: January 20, 2009

Do You Know is the fifth studio album by American singer and reality television star Jessica Simpson. Released on September 9, 2008,[1] it is her first effort in an attempt to cross over to country music. Songwriter Brett James produced the album along with John Shanks. The album debuted at #1 in the Billboard Country Charts and at #4 in the Billboard 200 with first week physical sales of 65,000.[2]

Contents

Production

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Background

After the release of her 2006 pop album A Public Affair, Simpson stated she wanted to go back to her roots and do country music because she "has been brought up around country music", and wants to give something back.[3] Simpson had already sung country themed songs previous like 'Push your tush' and 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin''. She started her country move by appearing in the music video for "You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore", by country legend Willie Nelson. She then went to Nashville to start recording her album. Her debut country single, "Come on Over" was sent to radio on May 27, 2008. It was received with positive reviews. The single also made chart history by becoming the first debut country single by a solo artist to debut on the country chart, debuting at #41 and peaking at #18. The single was released to digital downloads on June 24, 2008, along with the physical release in July 2008. She has noted Martina McBride and Shania Twain among her inspirations. She also worked with Dolly Parton on the album, recording a duet entitled "Do You Know". It also made UK Chart history after becoming the highest debuting album from another country in the UK Charts. It debuted at 77 on American Imports alone.

Promotion

Simpson made many promotional appearances to show her country crossover. She appeared in the Willie Nelson "You Don't Think I'm Funny Anymore" video. Upon the release of her debut single, Simpson has been on many country radio stations promoting the record. On June 25, she performed 'Come on Over' on the U.S talk show The View, and also appearred on The View again in September, performing 'Remember That'. She has made appearances and has performed at country festivals such as the Country Thunder Festival, Monterey County Fair, Palms Casino Resort. She has also promoted the album on television with performances at the Grand Ole Opry, Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman and on Rachael Ray and The Early Show. On September 30, she performed on Dancing With the Stars. On November 19, Simpson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. On February 11, Simpson appeared on The Early Show live from Nashville to announce the nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, She also performed her 3rd single "Pray Out Loud". It was announced that Simpson would be supporting the Rascal Flatts on tour this January[4] as they continue their final leg of their "Bob That Head Tour." The tour kicks off on January 17, 2009 in Kansas City running over 20 shows ending on March 14, 2009 in Irvine. She has also stated that her clothing line, the Jessica Simpson Collection, will be designing country clothing.

Track listing

  1. "Come On Over" (Jessica Simpson, Rachel Proctor, Victoria Banks) - 2:54
  2. "Remember That" (Proctor, Banks) - 3:44
  3. "Pray Out Loud" (Simpson, Brett James, John Shanks) - 3:45
  4. "You're My Sunday" (Simpson, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey) - 4:40
  5. "Sipping on History" (Simpson, Laird, H. Lindsey) - 4:14
  6. "Still Beautiful" (James, Shanks, Simpson) - 3:44
  7. "Still Don't Stop Me" (James, H. Lindsey, Simpson) - 3:27
  8. "When I Loved You Like That" (Simpson, Aimee Mayo, H. Lindsey, Chris Lindsey) - 4:06
  9. "Might as Well Be Making Love" (Gordie Sampson, Verges, H. Lindsey) - 3:51
  10. "Man Enough" (Simpson, James, Verges) - 4:19
  11. "Do You Know" (Dolly Parton) - 5:04
    • duet with Dolly Parton
  12. "Never Not Beautiful" (Simpson, Laird) - 3:46 (Itunes Bonus Track)

Critical reception

The album was largely given poor to mediocre reception from music critics.

Simpson's hometown paper, the Dallas Morning News, rated it a C+, saying, "How much should we expect from Jessica Simpson's country music debut CD? If your answer is not much, then you won't be disappointed."[5] Entertainment Weekly also awarded the album a C+, and, while acknowledging the quality of the writers associated with the project, offered this conclusion: "And though teaming up with frequent Carrie Underwood songwriter Hillary Lindsey for five tracks was a savvy move, we already have a Carrie Underwood, honey...and she probably turned these songs down."[6] The Boston Herald said the effort "represents the worst in a genre that’s come to deify Michael Bolton schmaltz while kicking Hank Williams’ legacy to the curb," and awarded it a grade of D.[7]

Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle felt that the album "lacks pizazz," and that, although "Simpson co-wrote several of the other tunes ... there's almost no emotional spark or sense of connection."[8] The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, rating the album only two stars (out of five,) questioned how Simpson could "squander the talents of Dolly Parton? The pair’s title-track duet is an oversung misfire."[9] The Miami Herald's Howard Cohen, in another two star review, concluded that Simpson failed to make a good country album, and instead made one that is "undistinguished" and "forgettable."[10]

The Los Angeles Times gave the CD 2.5 stars (out of five), saying "Her struggle is most striking on the title track, written by Dolly Parton, who shows up to harmonize with Simpson ... The gap between novice and master couldn't be clearer."[11]

Slant Magazine awarded only 1.5 stars (of five), saying Simpson "operates in precisely three modes as a singer: a mewling, whispered coo; a nasal, dead-eyed middle volume; and belting glory notes at full volume with a strangled, unappealing tone."[12] Allmusic seemed to share Slant's view of Simpson's vocal skills, finding her performance "unfailingly listless no matter how many theatrical gestures she attempts to cram in her big boring ballad."[13]

Awarding only one star, Las Vegas Weekly found the album to be filled with "tiresome ballads" performed with "no tooth, no gut, just monotony and palpable disinterest; even Jessica Simpson sounds bored with Jessica Simpson."[14] The Worcester Telegram, while awarding 2 stars, was less charitable, finding that "Simpson sounds, at best, like a cat being tasered."[15]

One of the few exceptions, the New York Post said that "she's created an album where she consistently shows off her full-bodied voice with solid, yet simple tunes that don't overthink the music." and "Do You Know is the CD's best song and the one that is bound to earn her a country Grammy in February."[16] Also, Country Weekly magazine gave a three-star rating out of five, with critic Chris Neal saying that although Simpson seemed to be "trying a little too hard" on some songs, the album was "solid pop-country fare with a lyrical emphasis on sensuality and self-esteem."[17]

Singles

The album's lead-off single, "Come On Over" (co-written with Victoria Banks and country artist Rachel Proctor), was Simpson's first release to country radio, peaking at #18 on the country charts in August 2008.

The second single, "Remember That", was released in October, and peaked at #42 on the Hot Country Songs chart and third single "Pray Out Loud" failed to chart.[18]

Chart performance

Album

Despite selling only 65,000 copies in its first week, Do You Know debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200, but fell rapidly, dropping out of that list in only nine weeks.[19] At the same time, it dropped rapidly out of the top twenty on the Country Album Chart, where it had held the top spot for only one week. Overall, this album has dramatically underperformed compared to the sales of Simpson's previous album, which was also widely regarded as a commercial failure. As of early 2009, it has sold 173,000 copies in the U.S.[20]. Sales in Australia and the UK were similarly unremarkable.

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 4
U.S. Top Internet Albums 4
Canada Top 50 Country Albums 1
Canada Top 100 Albums 13
Australian ARIA Album Chart 95
Australian ARIA Country Chart[21] 6
UK Albums Chart 42

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US
Pop
CAN Country CAN UK
2008 "Come On Over" 18 65 60 16 60 81
"Remember That" 42 101 88
2009 "Pray Out Loud"
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or not released

Release history

Region Date
United States September 9, 2008
Canada
Australia September 13, 2008
Germany September 19, 2008
United Kingdom October 13, 2008
Japan December 10, 2008

References

External links

Preceded by
Love on the Inside by Sugarland
Billboard Top Country Albums number-one album
September 27, 2008
Succeeded by
Learn to Live by Darius Rucker

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