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The album itself earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).Simpson married singer Nick Lachey on October 26, 2002 after four years of dating.Her fifth studio album, A Public Affair (2006), saw a decline in sales for Simpson.She later starred in the romantic comedy Employee of the Month (2006), another critical failure.Simpson performed a cover of the Dolly Parton song "9 to 5" (1980) as a tribute to the artist at the Kennedy Center Awards in December 2006.The performance was met with harsh criticism after Simpson forgot the lyrics to the song; she was given a chance to redo the song for the cameras, though her performance was ultimately cut from the broadcast.It was later announced that Simpson had parted ways with Columbia, and signed a new recording contract with Epic Records to distribute her fifth studio album. Aside from her musical pursuits, she launched The Jessica Simpson Collection in 2005, a fashion line of clothing and other items.
The album sold over four million copies worldwide, and spawned the top three hit "I Wanna Love You Forever" (1999).
"A Little Bit" (2001), the album's second and final single, failed to achieve much success.
To promote the record, Simpson embarked as a co-headliner on the Total Request Live Tour (2001) alongside artists such as Destiny's Child and Nelly.
Simpson has since announced work on her eighth studio album, slated for release in 2017 He went on to sign her to the label, claiming "She had a great little look and a great attitude, a fresh new face, and something a bit different than Britney and all of them; she could actually sing." While at a Christmas party in 1998, Simpson met 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, and the two began a romantic relationship; Lachey claimed that he left the party and proclaimed to his mother that he would marry Simpson some day.
Simpson began working on her debut studio album in 1998.