Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times profiled Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton, and Michelle Branch, who profiled the young women who write most of their own song, and how it is showing teens have outgrown teen pop. “What happened in the teen pop wave is that a small group of producers and writers wrote the majority of the hits for *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, [Britney Spears] and 98 Degrees, and there was a sameness to it,” A&M Records President Ron Fair says. “With radio, once they feel a certain sound is working with listeners, they’ll really pound it. It’s a vicious circle. That sound becomes saturated, then one day, it is no more. Along come Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch, who are doing something different, something that’s coming from more of a rock place.”
Carlton To Do Headlining Tour After Goo Goo Dolls
July 29, 2002 – Vanessa posted on her official site message board on Sunday before heading off on tour with the Goo Goo Dolls, and revealed she’ll be on her own headlining tour after that wraps up. “Hi. I have to get up at 6:30. (Definitely not good),” she wrote yesterday. “It’s worth it though. So I start my tour tomorrow. Look out for a handful of new tunes. FYI, I’ll be headlining my own starting in October after the Goo’s. Can’t wait to see you guys on the road. I seriously need to start packing. How the hell am I supposed to fly with a huge pillow? Confused. Peace, Vanessa.”
Avril Lavigne Breaks Spin Record For ‘Complicated’
July 27, 2002 – Antonio “L.A.” Reid, President and CEO, Arista Records continued putting out weekly hype press releases for his current top selling artist Avril Lavigne. The sales rise streak came to an end but this week Lavigne set the all-time BDS spin record for one week at Mainstream Top 40 with 9,205 spins of ‘Complicated’, breaking Nickelback’s prior record of 9,050 (for ‘How You Remind Me’). “This is an incredible accomplishment,” declared Mr. Reid. Next up for Avril is ‘Sk8er Boi’, which MTV plans to cover with a ‘Making Of’ special video shoot. Lavigne will also perform on a Nickelodeon concert set for August 4th and David Letterman on October 1st.
Vanessa Carlton Feels Like Japan’s Foster Kid
July 26, 2002 – Before Vanessa left Japan to return to the U.S. on Wednesday, the singer checked in with fans on her official site’s forum. Carlton writes, “Hey there. I get to come back home tomorrow. I actually have a few days off! It’s so strange to be in a country that is so foreign to me and yet so many people know of my music over here. I kind of feel like Japan’s foster kid. It’s cool. Of course my real home is the states. I adore you guys. I’m looking forward to growing old with you all. It’s gonna be a fun ride together. And that concludes my 10:28pm thought.”
Vanessa Carlton Fans Fume Over VMA Snub
July 23, 2002 – With today’s Video Music Award nominations the most noticeable artist missing from the pop genre was Vanessa. Fans on her official message board are furious with the snub and some are suggesting boycotts and protests outside their Times Square studios.
Vanessa Carlton Back Home From England
July 15, 2002 – Vanessa checked in with fans on her official site’s message board Monday before her appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live on Tuesday. Vanessa writes, “Hi! I’m back in the big city, sitting in my apartment. Whew. Those London trips are slightly insane and ever so rainy. I liked it better this time though. I can’t wait to play tomorrow. Just me and the piano doing ordinary day. I’ll be sweating my ass off. Don’t judge me on my sweatiness. I usually smell good despite it all. Heehee. So I would just like you guys to know that although this album just came out, I’m just as psyched about the next one. I’m gonna play some new tunes when I go out with the Goo Goo’s. Slowly but surely, you just might hear a nice little chunk of the next album. Kisses on all of you. Peace, Vanessa.”