Last week we had the amazing opportunity to chat with Ashlee Simpson who was really sweet and fun on the phone. She told us that she is headed back out on the road for her promo tour to showcase some new music from her upcoming album (check out the tour dates here). The singer also answered your questions about being on tour, what she's learned being a celebrity and more. While we love seeing Pete and Ashlee having fun on a rainy day double fisting coffee and walking adorable Hemingway, we're more excited we can follow it up with the answers to your questions separate from how proud she is of Pete for supporting Obama. We've already told you what she had to say about her new video, but check out more to see if your question and answer got picked after the jump.
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PopSugar: When can we look forward to getting more music from the album?
Ashlee Simpson: I'm putting out a special on iTunes... so you'll hear one song from the record is on there... so you'll have the single on there and then another song, it's called Rule Breaker. As far as the record goes it's going to be out in late March and I'm so excited for everyone to hear. It's a fun dancing record and at the same time it's definitely quirky and I hope people will enjoy it. I always test it out with my friends. I start going on a promo tour (the end of this month). I'm going to be going to the clubs and a bunch of different cities with a deejay just performing some songs. Then after that I'll be on a real club tour with my band.
PS: We know you were going for the fun, upbeat sound with the new album and single. Wanted to do something your friends would dance to.
AS: Yeah. The place I was at when I was writing the record was definitely a fun, kinda quirky place. I worked with awesome people like Timbaland and Chad Hugo from the Neptunes — a bunch of really cool people. Everybody was so different and interesting in the room. It really created this interesting sound which I'm proud of and I hope people will enjoy.
PS: We've heard rumors about the Cure, and desires to work with them and so on. Is there any truth to that, and if not is there anybody else on your wish list you'd like to work with?
AS: The Cure was a huge rumor. That's obviously a childhood fantasy, but you know who wouldn't be honored by that. I've met him before and he's a fantastic guy, but that was definitely a rumor. I think I'll just sit back and listen to their music. But there are a few collaborations on the record, and all in all I'm really happy with the sound and the way that it went. And you still get some of the pop rock stuff... I didn't totally delete that. And there are a few ballads on the record... every girl has to have those (laughs).
PS: So is there anyone who's on your wish list to collaborate with?
AS: I did work with some pretty exciting people.... and I will soon release who I worked with (laughs).
PS: Okay, question from a reader who would like to know what's your most favorite song you've ever recorded?
AS: You know there are actually a lot of songs on this record that I had fun recording because they're definitely quirky... you know when you just really get to kinda go there. I got to go to this fun, interesting place because it's my third record now. That was really cool for me. But one of my favorite songs... I like Eyes Wide Open, that one's fun. But I think everything is also wonderful to perform live, that makes a difference on my favorite songs. And I'm really excited about this record because I had a little bit of a different sound — so I have two records that I'm really proud of... and L.O.V.E. — that was one song I was really proud of... oh and I must say LaLa!
PS: What's the most fun thing about being on tour?
AS: I love to be on tour. I love to be on the road. I love to be in a different city every day. I think the coolest thing is just being able to get to see the fans every night and actually get to see their faces and have people dance around and jump around to your music... the energy is always awesome.
PS: One of our readers wants to know if there's any good advice or a saying that you live by that you could share with your fans?
AS: (Laughs) When you go to bed, go to bed happy and content with who you are and happy with who you are... This world is a very judgmental world. Don't listen to people's comments who are not nice — don't listen to the negative, shoot for the positive. And laugh things off!
PS: Is there anything you've learned from being a celebrity? Anything unusual you want to share?
AS: It's really freaky when people jump out of bushes (laughs). And I think I should start wearing really ugly pajamas out.... Yeah but there's definitely a lot of things that I've learned. Like I was saying earlier you really just learn to laugh things off and don't take everything to heart. And be able to laugh at yourself!
PS: Another one of our readers was wondering where you see yourself in five years. Do you have any other creative outlets you want to explore that you haven't?
AS: I'd love to do a line of clothing. And I really love acting — I always have. I definitely want to tap more into that in the future. But I want to do the right roles. I want to pick the correct roles that are quirky and fun.
PS: And maybe more theater?
AS: I love theater. For me, doing Chicago was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had in my life. I definitely would love to go back to that.
PS: How was that different than being on tour? Were you more nervous doing Chicago than when you're performing your own songs on stage?
AS: I was actually really comfortable with it. It's fun because you just get to get up there and play a different character. The character I played, Roxie Hart, was just so out there it was just fun to do that every night. And what's different is you're in the theater every night and you've got to find ways to make the show interesting for yourself because you're doing the same show every night.
Molly: Your roots are in dance. Was it fun to be up doing the more Broadway style of dance?
AS: It was so much fun. I mean, for me, growing up I always wanted to do theater/Broadway so this was really living out a dream — it was cool.
Well it was very cool for Ashlee to make time to talk with us and share the news about her music, tour and more. We still have fashion and beauty secrets so make sure to check back soon for more Ash!