A Public Affair (song)

Infobox Single
Name = A Public Affair

Artist = Jessica Simpson
from Album = A Public Affair
Released = Start date|2006|6|29
(See release history)
Format = Digital download
Recorded =
Genre = Dance-pop
Length = 3:21
Label = Epic
RIAA = Gold
Writer = Jessica Simpson
Producer = Lester Mendez
Last single = "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
This single = "A Public Affair"
Next single = "I Belong to Me"
Misc = Audiosample
Upper caption = Audio sample
Audio file= APublicAffairSample.ogg

"A Public Affair" is the first single from Jessica Simpson's fourth studio album "A Public Affair" (2006). It features an interpolation of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".

Commercial release

The single debuted at number thirty-nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, [Clover Hope, [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002800878 "Furtado Remains No. 1 With 'Promiscuous'"] , July 6, 2006] .] Simpson's second highest debut after "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". It had previously debuted at number twenty on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which represents the twenty-five singles below the Hot 100's number 100 position that have not yet appeared on the Hot 100. Digital download sales were moderate until the release of the single's music video. In late July "A Public Affair" joined Ashlee Simpson's song "Invisible" in the top ten on the U.S. iTunes Music Store's list of most popular songs, the first time in iTunes history that two siblings had different songs in the top ten. "A Public Affair" peaked at number fourteen in its fifth week on the Hot 100, and is tied with "With You" and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" for Simpson's second highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 after "I Wanna Love You Forever". The single also reached the Top 20 in the United Kingdom in February 2007, at #20, and also reached the Top 10 in the UK Physical Chart, at #6. A Public Affair was certified Gold in US for obtaining more than 100,000 downloads.

The Yahoo! Music download of the song gained media attention because it was made available in MP3 format, without Digital Rights Management, which is normally used to restrict copying of commercially released singles. However, the price to download the song was $1.99, higher than the $0.99 norm for most DRM-restricted tracks. The increased price was rationalized not by the DRM-free format, but by offering users the ability to "personalize" the song with a specific name.cite web|url=http://news.com.com/Yahoo+sells+Jessica+Simpson+single+sans+DRM/2100–1025_3-6096350.html|title=Yahoo sells Jessica Simpson single sans DRM|publisher=CNET|accessdate=July 27|accessyear=2006]

Music video

The song's music video was shot on June 23, 2006 and the late evening of June 24, 2006 at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, California. [ [http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,4-2006290604,00.html "The Boots of Hazzard"] , The Sun, June 28, 2006.] It features cameo appearances by Christina Applegate, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria Parker, Maria Menounos, Andy Dick and Ryan Seacrest. It introduces Australian Reshad Strik, whose participation precipitated many comments on his resemblance to Nick Lachey, Simpson's ex-husband. The video was directed by Brett Ratner. [Jonathan Cohen, [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002727943 "Simpson Owns Up To 'Public Affair'"] , Billboard.com, June 26, 2006.] Yahoo! Launch had managed to make a "Fans Version Only" version of the video as well, which instantly reached number one. On July 19, Simpson visited "Total Request Live" to world premiere the video. [ [http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/nervous%20simpson%20debuts%20video%20on%20minnillos%20show_1002980 "Nervous Simpson Debuts Video on Minnillo's Show"] , Contactmusic.com, July 20, 2006.] The following day the video entered the "TRL" countdown at number six, the highest debut for any Simpson video; on its third day on the countdown, it reached number two. [ [http://www.absolutetrl.net/records/recaparchive/2006_07.html Popfusion - TRL Archive - July 2006] .] The video spent a total of 28 days on the TRL countdown. Her most successful video to date on "TRL". The video reached number eight on Canada's "MuchMusic" chart.

Critical reception

Chuck Taylor of "Billboard" magazine called the song's production "wildly adventurous" and "maddeningly catchy", and the song itself "A perfect record." [Chuck Taylor, [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/login/login_subscribe.jsp?vnu_service_id=124&vnu_content_id=1002727366 review of "A Public Affair"] , Billboard.com.] "Teen People" called the song a fun, frothy dance track reminiscent of early Madonna; some in the media have criticized the unoriginality of the song because of its strong similarity to Madonna's "Holiday". [ [http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/23/jessica-takes-a-holiday/ "Jessica Takes A "Holiday"?"] , TMZ.com, June 23, 2006.] The video has also been noted for being similar to Madonna's "Sorry" video.

"A Public Affair" was shortlisted for the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but wasn't one of the final nominees, leaving Simpson still without a Grammy nomination or win.Fact|date=March 2007

Track listings and formats

*Australian CD single
#"A Public Affair" [Radio Edit]
#"A Public Affair" [Extended Version]
#"A Public Affair" [Karaoke Version]

*US MAXI Single
#"A Public Affair" [Radio Edit]
#"A Public Affair" [Extended Version]
#"A Public Affair" [Instrumental Version]
#"A Public Affair" [Remix]

*UK/German CD single
#"A Public Affair"
#"A Public Affair" [Alex Gregg Remix]

Remixes and other versions

*A Public Affair [Album Version] - 3:19
*A Public Affair [Cass and Dubbs Mix] - 3:15
*A Public Affair [Johnny Budz Radio Edit] - 3:17
*A Public Affair [Johnny Budz Radio Mix] - 3:14
*A Public Affair [Frank Pellegrino Radio Mix] - 3:43
*A Public Affair [Extended Mix] - 5:47
*A Public Affair [Jellybeans Soulful House Party Dub Mix] - 7:16
*A Public Affair [Alex Gregg Remix] - 3:48
*A Public Affair [Frank Pellegrino Electro Pop Club Mix] - 8:59
*A Public Affair [Lester Mendez Extended Mix] - 5:50
*A Public Affair [Johnny Budz Public House Mix] - 6:28
*A Public Affair [Frank Pellegrino Vocal Dub Mix] - 9:2*
*A Public Affair [Jellybeans House Party Mix] - 7:49
*A Public Affair [Whalla fætter] - 3:48

Release history


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