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In This Skin
Studio album by Jessica Simpson
Released August 19, 2003
(See Release history)
Recorded 2002-2003
Genre Pop, R&B, Acoustic
Length 52:28
Label Columbia
Producer Greg Fitzgerald,Greg Barnhill, Damon Elliott, Rob Fusari, Franne Golde, Richie Jones, Holly Lamar, Billy Mann, Andy Marvel, Keith Thomas, Rick Wake, Andrew Williams
Professional reviews
Jessica Simpson chronology
This Is the Remix
In This Skin
Rejoyce: The Christmas Album
Alternate cover
Collector's edition/UK-Australian edition
Singles from In This Skin
  1. "Sweetest Sin"
    Released: July 22, 2003
  2. "With You"
    Released: September 16, 2003
  3. "Take My Breath Away"
    Released: March 25, 2004
  4. "Angels"
    Released: June 7, 2004

In This Skin is the third studio album by American pop singer Jessica Simpson, released on August 19, 2003. A version of the album with bonus tracks and a DVD was released on March 2, 2004 to build on the success of the album. Eventually, the album was certified 3x Platinum in the US, It has sold over 7 million copies worldwide, becoming Simpson's biggest selling album to date.





Initial critical response to In This Skin was generally negative.

Slant Magazine gave the album 2.5 stars rating, saying "The catchy tune, penned by Diane Warren, is a glossy, ever-so-slightly over-produced affair. And the same can be said for the entire album, which is weighed down by soggy, overwrought pop ballads that find Simpson repeatedly declaring her devotion to Lachey. "My Way Home" contains one, bizarre 15-second display of Simpson's lung capacity and a Middle Eastern ether so faint and wispy it virtually evaporates beneath the track's slick production. In This Skin contains a few surprises, though, including "Forbidden Fruit," a track unabashedly inspired by Madonna's "Music," and "Loving You," a seductively contrived reminder that, with teen pop long dead, Simpson should be aiming to recapture the club audience that helped launch her career with I Wanna Love You Forever."

Allmusic gave the album 2.5 stars rating with a negative review, saying "Now, for her third album, In This Skin, she tones down the trashy club beats and image, staying within the contemporary dance-pop realm while inching toward the middle-of-the-road diva that she's always yearned to be. The problem with In This Skin is that its heart is in the mature middle of the road but its sound is still pitched too young, making this a record that satisfies neither audience."

Rolling Stone gave the album 2 stars, quoting "Judging by Skin, her third album, it's a lesson she's still working through. Her powerful voice is done a disservice by insipid songwriting and arrangements -- as on the loathsome club track "Forbidden Fruit" and the uncomfortably stately ballad "You Don't Have to Let Go" -- that consistently get in the way of her pipes."

Chart success

In This Skin became Simpson's biggest selling album, pushing her to A-list status. The album reached number two on the Billboard 200 album charts and made the Australian album charts in 2004. While the Diane Warren song the "Sweetest Sin" failed to reach the US Top 40, the second single "With You," produced by Andy Marvel, enjoyed more success going top 20 in the US and Australian singles charts as well as going top 20 in the world adult charts. The third single, a cover of "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin, went top 20 on the US Top 20 Mainstream Charts, appearing as a bonus track on the album version appearing in 2004. A cover version of "Angels" by Robbie Williams also appears as a bonus track on the 2004 release and was the fourth single.

It was during the release of this album that Jessica had become a household name, due in part to her reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. At first, In This Skin wasn't doing very well on the charts, as it debuted at #10 and quickly sank to the bottom of the Billboard 200 album charts. However, sales began to steadily increase during the Holiday season in 2003. By that point, Simpson had been receiving huge attention from the media for her antics on Newlyweds, and because of that radio stations warmly welcomed her second single, With You, which eventually brought the album back into the top twenty on the Billboard Charts. Then, Columbia Records decided to re-release In This Skin with several new tracks in order to utilize the success of the singer. With "With You" on the top of the radio charts in February 2004, Simpson released her third single, "Take My Breath Away", as the first single off of the new re-release. The re-release worked as In This Skin jumped to number two on the Billboard charts, selling over 157,000[1] copies that week. The album stayed in the top ten for eight non-consecutive weeks and stayed in the Top 100 for sixty-one weeks. In the Billboard 200 stayed for 75 weeks.[2] In December 2004, In This Skin was certified 3x Multi Platinum by the RIAA for sales more that 3 million copies only in U.S. The album ranked the #14 in Billboard Year End Charts Albums 2004.[3]

In Australia, April 4, the album debuted at # 40. In its seventh week peaked # 13 and became her highest peak in Australia for any Simpson's album to date. In This Skin stayed in the Top 50 for 27 weeks. Later the album was certified Platinum by the ARIA. In Ireland, In This Skin debuted at # 58. In its second week fell to # 75 and in its fourth week the album peak at # 27. The album remained in the top 75 for 8 weeks.[4] In UK, the album debuted at # 36, the same peak that reached her first album Sweet Kisses. Remained in the top 75 for 5 weeks. In Canada, the album not entered at chart, but was certified Gold by the CRIA. In Switzerland, no single was released to promote the album. Which the album debuted at # 78 and remained in the chart only for three weeks. A low number after her previous albums Sweet Kisses and Irresistible, reached the #5 and #15 respectively. In Latin America, the abum peak at # 4 in Venezuela, its highest peak there since Irresistible that reached # 10.

The album would eventually sell over 4 million copies in the United States and 7 million copies worldwide, becoming her highest-selling album to date.



Simpson went on a world tour throughout summer of 2004 in support of the album, which was named Reality Tour Live. She performed 41 shows in the united states starting in June and ending the tour on the first of August on the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California. The shows were held in major amphitheaters and indoor Arenas.

Track listing

Original release

  1. "Sweetest Sin" (Diane Warren) – 3:14
  2. "With You" (Billy Mann, Andy Marvel, Simpson) – 3:12
  3. "My Way Home" (Romeo Antonio, Damon Elliott, Simpson) – 3:13
  4. "I Have Loved You" (Greg Barnhill, Holly Lamar, Denise Rich) – 4:45
  5. "Forbidden Fruit" (Fitzgerald, Nichols, Simpson) – 3:30
  6. "Everyday See You" (Franne Golde, Kasia Livingston, Simpson, Andrew Williams) – 4:18
  7. "Underneath" (Matthew Gerrard, Trina Harmon, Simpson) – 4:02
  8. "You Don't Have to Let Go" (Jason Deere, Harmon, Simpson) – 3:43
  9. "Loving You" (Damon Elliott, Simpson, Craig Young) – 3:31
  10. "In This Skin" (Rob Fusari, Harmon, Simpson) – 4:18
  11. "Be" (Golde, Livingston, Simpson, A. Williams) – 4:11

Collector's edition/UK-Australian edition

  1. "Angels" (Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams) – 4:05
  2. "With You" (Billymann, Marvel, Simpson) – 3:12
  3. "Take My Breath Away" (Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock) – 3:15
  4. "My Way Home" (Antonio, Damon Elliott, Simpson) – 3:15
  5. "Sweetest Sin" (Warren) – 3:12
  6. "I Have Loved You" (Barnhill, Lamar, Rich) – 4:45
  7. "Forbidden Fruit" (Fitzgerald, Nichols, Simpson) – 3:30
  8. "Everyday See You" (Golde, Livingston, Simpson, A. Williams) – 4:17
  9. "Underneath" (Gerrard, Harmon, Simpson) – 4:02
  10. "You Don't Have to Let Go" (Deere, Harmon, Simpson) – 3:43
  11. "Loving You" (Damon Elliott, Simpson, Young) – 3:30
  12. "In This Skin" (Fusari, Harmon, Simpson) – 4:18
  13. "Be" (Golde, Livingston, Simpson, A. Williams) – 4:10
  14. "With You" [acoustic version] (Mann, Andy Marvel, Simpson) – 3:15

Japan Bonus Track

  1. "Fly"
  2. "My Love"
  3. "Fearless"

DVD: This edition also comes with a DVD featuring footage from Jessica's wedding and TV show with husband Nick Lachey. The DVD sold at Target includes exclusive material not available anywhere else, namely an interview and studio footage of Jessica recording "Take My Breath Away" and "Angels", directed by Sasha Levinson. The original UK release consists of the "Collector's Edition" track listing, however there is also a Special Edition available with the DVD.

Charts and Certifications

Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[5] 13
France Albums Chart[6] 117
Ireland Top 75 Albums 27
Japanese Oricon Album Chart 89
Switzerland Albums Chart[7] 78
Venezuela Top 100 Albums 4
UK Albums Chart[8] 36
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 2
U.S. Top Internet Albums 3

Year-end charts

Chart Rank
US Billboard 200[10] 14
Australian Albums Chart[11] 50


Country Providers Certification
Australia ARIA Platinum[12]
Canada CRIA Gold[13]
Venezuela Platinum
U.S. RIAA 3x Platinum [14]



  • Producer: Greg Barnhill, Damon Elliott, Rob Fusari, Franne Golde, Richie Jones, Holly Lamar, Billy Mann, Andy Marvel, Keith Thomas, Rick Wake, Andrew Williams
  • Engineer: J.D. Andrew, Rich Balmer, Juilan Bunetta, Neil Devor, Dan Hetzel, Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas, Andy Marvel, Dave Scheuer, Andrew Williams
  • Assistant engineers: Jim Annunziato, Jun Ishizeki, Anthony Kilhoffer, Brendan Kuntz, Greg Price, Luz Vasquez
  • Mixing: Dan Hetzel, Tony Maserati, Dave Pensado, Keith Thomas, Bill Whittington, Patrick Woodward
  • Mixing assistants: Jim Annunziato, Dan Bucchi, Matt Snedecor, Ethan Willoughby
  • Digital editing: J.D. Andrew, Dan Hetzel, Dave Scheuer, Chris Yoakum
  • Tracking: Earl Cohen, Bart Migal
  • Production coordination: Darryl Bush, Mark Russell
  • Instrumentation: Andrew Williams
  • MIDI technician: Chris Yoakum
  • Vocal producers: Lee Mars, David Munk
  • Vocal engineers: Pablo Munguia, Jaime Sickora
  • Programming: Damon Elliott, Richie Jones, Keith Thomas, Christopher Rojas
  • Drum programming: Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas, Andy Marvel
  • Keyboard programming: Christopher Rojas, Andy Marvel
  • Arrangers: Billy Mann, Christopher Rojas, Andy Marvel
  • String arrangements: Juilan Bunetta, Christopher Rojas
  • Art direction: Mary Maurer
  • Photography: Tony Duran
  • Collage: Hooshik

Release history

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United States August 19, 2003 Columbia Records CD original release 86560[15]
March 2, 2004 CD collector's edition
United Kingdom April 19, 2004[16] Columbia Records CD 512499000
Australia September 4, 2004 Columbia Records CD 5124399000[17]


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  11. ^ "ARIA Charts: Year End: Top 100 Albums 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  12. ^ ""ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Albums"". Retrieved April 22, 2007. 
  13. ^ ""CRIA - Accreditations - 2004 Albums"". Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
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