In a July 2001 interview with Coventry Newspapers, Simpson explained "I recorded [Sweet Kisses] when I was seventeen years old and I'm twenty-one [this month] so there is four years of growth involved." Though the album's first week sales were nearly double that of her previous effort, Irresistible failed to match the success of her debut album; the record earned a gold certification from the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies."A Little Bit" (2001), the album's second and final single, failed to achieve much success.

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Simpson's third studio album, In This Skin (2003), was released the day that Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica premiered, with the show serving as a promotional tool for the record.

In This Skin debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200, selling 64,000 copies in its first week of release.

She made her film debut as Daisy Duke in the film adaption of The Dukes of Hazard (2005); it was commercially successful, though received a negative critical reaction.

She also recorded the song "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (2005) for the film, which went on to become her fourth top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman.

Simpson signed a recording contract with Columbia Records when she was sixteen, and released her debut studio album in 1999.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.She later left the tour to launch her own Dream Chaser Tour (2001), for which Simpson added choreography and backup dancers to her performances; the tour was cancelled following the September 11 attacks.In November of 2005, Simpson and Lachey confirmed they were separating; Simpson filed for divorce the following month.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 project was met harshly by critics, and failed to achieve commercial success.