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"La La"
Single by Ashlee Simpson
from the album Autobiography
Released January 24, 2005
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop punk, power pop
Length 3:42
Label Polydor, Geffen
Writer(s) Ashlee Simpson, Kara DioGuardi, John Shanks
Producer John Shanks, Pete Lorimer (2103875), Sharp Boys (2103876)
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"La La" is a song by the American singer Ashlee Simpson from her 2004 album Autobiography. In the U.S., it began its run as the album's third and final single on radio and television in November 2004; in the United Kingdom (where it was the second single), a CD single was released in January 2005.


Song information

"La La", the fourth track on Autobiography, was written by Ashlee Simpson, Kara DioGuardi, and John Shanks, the producer of the album. Jeff Rothschild played drums on the track, Shanks played guitars and bass, and Simpson and DioGuardi did background vocals.[1] The track is three minutes and 42 seconds long.

The song was not initially planned as the album's third single. In October 2004 it was announced that its title track, "Autobiography", would be the third single; however, on October 29, it was announced on Simpson's official website that "Autobiography" would be replaced as the third single by "La La",[2] following Simpson's Saturday Night Live incident.

Following its release as a single in the UK on January 24, 2005, "La La" debuted at number 11 before falling; it spent four weeks in the top 40.[3] In Ireland, it debuted at number 18 on that country's chart in late January and stayed there in the next week. In February, the song debuted at number 10 on the Australian singles chart (where it stayed for four weeks) and at number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., where it eventually rose to number 86; by comparison, Simpson's first single, "Pieces of Me", had reached number 5 on the Hot 100 a few months earlier, and her second single, "Shadow", had reached number 57. Despite this relatively low chart peak, "La La" was credited with helping boost the sales of Autobiography, which rose on the charts from number 42 to number 33 (with a 61% sales increase) in one week in December 2004, soon after the single's debut.[4] The single was certified gold by the RIAA in late March 2005;[5] in Australia it was also accredited as a gold single.[6]

"La La" was used as the backing music for a ThermaSilk shampoo commercial. It was also covered in the rhythm-based 2006 Nintendo DS game Elite Beat Agents.

Track listings

[2] US Promo Remixes

  1. La La [Sharp Boys Club Vocal] 7:19
  2. La La [Sharp Boys Club Dub] 6:33
  3. La La [Sharp Boys Vocal Edit] 4:31

US Vinyl, 12", Promo Feb 2005

  • A1 La La [Fernando Garibay Mix] 8:10
  • A2 La La [Fernando Garibay Edit] 3:50
  • B La La [Fernando Garibay Dub] 8:06


  1. La La [Album Version] 3:42
  2. Endless Summer 3:37
  3. Pieces Of Me [29 Palms Remix Vocal Mix] 8:41
  4. La La [CD-ROM Video] 3:38


  1. La La [Album Version] 3:42
  2. La La [Sharp Boys Vocal Mix Edit] 4:31

UK Maxi-CD

  1. La La [Album Version] 3:42
  2. La La [Sharp Boys Vocal Mix Edit] 4:31
  3. La La [Sharp Boys Vocal Mix] 7:19
  4. La La [Sharp Boys Club Dub] 6:33

Remixes and other versions

  • La La [Album Version] 3:39
  • La La [Instrumental] 3:39
  • La La [Fernando Garibay Radio Edit Mix] 3:49
  • La La [Fernando Garibay Extended Dub Mix] 8:06
  • La La [Sharp Boys Club Dub] 6:33
  • La La [Sharp Boys Club Vocal Extended Mix] 7:18
  • La La [Sharp Boys Vocal Radio Edit Mix] 4:29
  • La La [Fernando Garibay Extended Remix] 8:11
  • La La [UK Radio Edit] 3:42


"La La" is perhaps the most rock-oriented track on Autobiography, and was described in a BBC review of the album as "energetic".[7] Another review called it a "punk inspired, fast beat, screaming anthem".[8] Reactions to the song have been mixed, however: People magazine called the song "insipid" in its review of the album,[9] and Allmusic said that Simpson was "trying way too hard to be sexy."[10] Rolling Stone said the song casts Simpson "as a barely legal temptress", and said "ironic or not, it's creepy."[11] Billboard was more positive, saying that "La La" (in which it said Simpson was a "frisky bad girl") was one of the songs that could "keep Autobiography on the charts in the foreseeable future."[12] The abovementioned BBC review named the song as one of those on the album that it regarded positively,[7] and another review said Simpson "summons a credible pop-punk sound" on "La La".[13]

The lyrics to the song are quite sexual, with "la la" being used as a euphemism for sex and a reference to Simpson dressing up as a French maid included. However, Simpson has described the lyrics as tongue-in-cheek: "It was one of those songs where every silly thing that was sexual that I could think of I put into the song."[14]

In one interview, Simpson said of the song:

Another song, 'La La' is flirty and very sexy. It's very tongue in cheek; it can be interpreted in all different ways. It's about sexual fantasies. There's a lot of sarcasm in that song. It's something every girl thinks about, so I decided to make a joke about it. It's one of the songs you can dance around to. Actually, I wrote it because I was singing la la and it was kind of a little dance that I was doing around the room. I didn't have a song on my record that was like sexy. So I thought, I'm a girl and I'm feminine and I can be sexy, so here it goes."[15]

Music video and television performances

Performances of "La La" featured twice in the first season of The Ashlee Simpson Show, Simpson's reality show, which aired in the U.S. on MTV from mid-June to early August 2004: she performed the song during her first live show in episode six, and again at the end of episode seven.

The music video for "La La", directed by Joseph Kahn,[16] was filmed over two days, November 11–12, 2004.[17] It debuted on AOL's "First View" on November 22 and on MTV's Making the Video on November 23;[18] the making of the video was also featured in episode three of the second season of The Ashlee Simpson Show,[19] which aired in February 2005. Following the video's premiere, "La La" debuted at number ten on the TRL countdown on December 1, 2004; it subsequently reached number six, its peak, on its third day on the countdown. It remained on the countdown for nine days.[20]

The video takes place in a suburban setting and was filmed in Huntington Beach, California. Simpson is seen singing the song, dancing on top of a car, in front of a donut shop, and laying on a couch playing a skateboarding video game on Xbox, all during daylight. The video continues with a raucous late-night party around a swimming pool, which gets broken up by the police, and then Simpson and the crowd head to a laundromat, where the wild partying continues. Simpson's two best friends, Lauren and Stephanie, appear alongside her in the video. Simpson compared the video to the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.[17] On The Ashlee Simpson Show, during the filming of the video there is a scene in which Simpson licks a couch cushion (while rolling around on it for sexual imagery), but, as she explains, it was taken out of the video because it was "a little much".

Simpson promoted the song with a number of television performances in December 2004 and January 2005 (see list below), with several UK performances in January. One of her U.S. performances, at the Orange Bowl football game halftime show in early January (her first time performing in a stadium), was memorable for the harsh reception the song received from the audience, with "a discernible chorus of boos" after she finished singing, according to the Associated Press. Simpson was the last of three performances during the halftime show, and she later said that there were technical problems and that she couldn't hear herself properly, making the performance more difficult for her. The cause of the booing she received has been variously attributed to a backlash against her because of her SNL incident the previous October, to the poor quality of her singing, and to the fact that the crowd was generally not in the same age bracket as her usual fans. Simpson herself said "maybe they were booing at me, maybe they were booing at the halftime show 'cause the whole thing sucked," and also said that it may have been because of the team she was supporting; "I can't make everybody happy", she said.[21] Simpson also had to change the lyrics to "La La" because of concern that they were too sexual for the show; for instance, a reference to "lemonade" replaced "French maid".

In April 2005, New Zealand's children TV Show "What Now?" held a weekly music video poll with the song "La La" being one of the three candidates. The song was competing against "1,2 Step" by Ciara and Missy Elliott and "Let Me Love You" by Mario. "La La" won the poll narrowly beating Mario who was second by a few votes. "1,2 Step" came third.

On November 1, 2005, when Simpson was a guest on MuchMusic's MuchOnDemand in Canada, "La La" received the most votes from viewers out of three of Simpson's videos and was played. Simpson correctly guessed that "La La" would win.[22]

List of televised performances

  • November 18, 2004: Simpson performed "La La" on Total Request Live.[23]
  • December 6: Simpson performed "La La" as an encore at the end of a concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was shown live on the Internet by
  • December 17: Simpson performed "La La" at the beginning of Jingle Ball Rock (the show was taped on December 3) and on The Tonight Show (the performance aired at about 12:30 AM EST on December 18).
  • December 31: Simpson performed the song on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005, in which she also hosted the West Coast portion of the show.
  • January 4, 2005: Simpson performed at the Orange Bowl halftime show.[21]
  • January 7: Simpson performed the song on Top of the Pops.[24]
  • January 8: Simpson performed the song on CD:UK.
  • January 12: Simpson performed the song on Today with Des and Mel.
  • January 15: Simpson performed the song on Top of the Pops Saturday.
  • January 16: Simpson performed the song on Popworld.
  • June 19: Simpson performed the song at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada.


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 10[25]
Austrian Singles Chart 46[25]
Dutch Singles Chart 62[25]
German Singles Chart 68[26]
Irish Singles Chart 16[27]
New Zealand Singles Chart 11[25]
Swedish Singles Chart 32[25]
UK Singles Chart 11[28]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 86[29]
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6 [30]
U.S. Billboard ARC Weekly Top 40 20[31]
Dutch Top40 20[32]

References and notes

  1. ^ Autobiography liner notes.
  2. ^ ""La La" to Be Next Single", news, October 29, 2004.
  3. ^ "La La" chart positions, Chart Stats - UK Singles & Albums Chart Statistics.
  4. ^ Press release, "Ashlee Simpson Set for Early '05 Headlining Tour; Debut Album Up 61% From Last Week on Strength of New Single & Video",, December 15, 2004.
  5. ^
  6. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2005 Singles,
  7. ^ a b Roger Kerrison, Autobiography album review, BBC, September 30, 2004.
  8. ^ Bianca Butler, Autobiography album review, Youthradio.
  9. ^ Autobiography album review, People, August 2, 2004, page 41.
  10. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Autobiography album review, Allmusic.
  11. ^ Peter Relic, Autobiography album review, Rolling Stone, August 5, 2004.
  12. ^ Autobiography album review, Billboard, August 7, 2004.
  13. ^ "Fresh cuts", Info About News, August 1, 2004.
  14. ^ Chaunce Hayden, "Ashlee Simpson Sings Her Way to Number One!", Steppin' Out, August 4–10, 2004, pages 24–25, 52–53, 62–63. Interview.
  15. ^ Interview with Ashlee Simpson, The Record Music Magazine, September 2004.
  16. ^ Jennifer Vineyard, "Ashlee Simpson Parties Until The Break Of Dawn In New Video", MTV News, November 8, 2004.
  17. ^ a b Making the Video, "La La", first aired November 23, 2004.
  18. ^ Page for the Making the Video "La La" episode,
  19. ^ Episode 203: "Ashlee Turns 20", episode guide for The Ashlee Simpson Show.
  20. ^ TRL Archives - December 2004,
  21. ^ a b Jennifer Vineyard, "Ashlee Simpson Shrugs Off Orange Bowl Booing", MTV News, January 11, 2005.
  22. ^ MuchOnDemand transcript, November 1, 2005.
  23. ^ TRL Archives - November 2004,
  24. ^ "Ashlee Simpson Performs On 'Top Of The Pops'",, January 8, 2005.
  25. ^ a b c d e Ultratop summary
  26. ^
  27. ^ Irish Chart Search
  28. ^ [
  29. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  30. ^ Hot Dance Club Play
  31. ^ [1]
  32. ^ Dutch Top40

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