Ashlee Nicole Wentz (née Simpson; born October 3, 1984), is an American recording artist and actress. Simpson is the younger sister of pop singer Jessica Simpson,
Ashlee Simpson debuted as an actress in 2001, appearing on the television series “7th Heaven.” In 2003, she began composing solo material and signed a recording contract with Geffen Records in the United States.
Simpson's debut album “Autobiography” was released in July 2004. The album, composed of pop rock songs, reached #1 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, and was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On the United Kingdom albums chart, it reached #31 and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The album sold three million copies in the US and produced three singles. Simpson's debut single, "Pieces of Me", reached #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA. "La La", her third single, reached #86 in the US and was certified gold by the RIAA.
Simpson received widespread notoriety when she attempted to lip-sync with a pre-recorded vocal track on “Saturday Night Live” in October 2004.
Simpson's second album, “I Am Me,” was released in October 2005. It debuted at #1 in the US and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. In the UK, the album reached #50. “I Am Me” sold 900,000 copies in the US and spawned two Top 40 singles. The album's lead single "Boyfriend," reached #8 in Australia, Simpson's second highest peak at the time, and was certified gold by ARIA. The next single "L.O.V.E.” reached #5 in Australia and #22 in the US.
“Bittersweet World,” Simpson's third album, was released in April 2008. The album reached #4 in the US and #57 in the UK. The single "Invisible," reached #21 in the US. The follow up singles were not successful in the US, "Little Miss Obsessive,” featuring guest vocals from Tom Higgenson of Plain White T's reached #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #72 in Canada, while "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)" failed to chart on the former chart. It peaked at #59 in Canada.