Fefe Dobson tells Renee Graham of the Boston Globe she isn’t overly concerned with the media’s comparison of her to fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne. “I know Avril, and she’s a good girl. But we’re both individuals,” Dobson says. “I don’t mind (the comparisons) because everyone gets compared to someone, and it’s not a big deal. As time goes on, you branch out on your own, and people start to realize that they don’t need to compare you to anyone, and that’s cool.” The story at bostonglobe.com has since been removed.
Avril Lavigne Wins ‘Grumpiest’ Top Of The Pops Award
January 3, 2004 – Top of the Pops has named Avril Lavigne their ‘Grumpiest Moodychops’ of 2003. They write, “It seems we’re not the only people to have found this young Canadian pop-rockstrel a little prickly at times. In fact one of the votes cast her way also came with the advice “Smile, girl!”. Not that she’ll take any advice (or this award) from the likes of us. Chances are she’ll just throw a big sulk, hold her breath for an hour and slam all the doors in her mansion. Which is called ‘Dungrinnin’ and has a snooty butler called Chives who won’t let you in.” Avril beat out Oasis star Liam Gallagher, Cheryl Tweedy of Girls Aloud, Eminem, and her pal Kelly Osbourne.
Pop acts on television this week include Enrique Iglesias, who will be guest-hosting on Jimmy Kimmel Live all week; Jewel, who performs on the Sharon Osbourne Show on Monday; Lindsay Lohan and Fefe Dobson, who both appear on MTV’s Total Request Live on Monday; Mandy Moore, who appears on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn on Tuesday, the Sharon Osbourne Show on Friday, and Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday; Toby Lightman, who visits TRL on Tuesday; Ben Jelen, who performs on TRL on Wednesday; *NSYNC star JC Chasez, who performs on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday; Jason Mraz, who performs on TRL on Thursday; and Katy Rose, who performs on TRL on Friday.
Nekesa Mumbi Moody of The Associated Press profiled the difficulty teen newcomer Joss Stone has trying to break into R&B radio as a white female, while Fefe Dobson may have the same struggle breaking into pop/rock radio because of her mixed race. “Being biracial, my mom being white and my dad being black, I always found it hard to know who liked me, what I belonged to. I had problems with it,” Fefe says. “Knowing that they saw it as a beautiful thing was really what inspired me to just feel confidence in this business … (to) not feel ashamed of being a dark-skinned girl doing rock ‘n’ roll.”
Dan Aquilante of the New York Post reviewed Fefe Dobson’s self-titled debut album. He writes, “On her self-titled debut, this 18-year-old chick from the Great White North writes and sings straight from the heart. The musical power rests in the simplicity of guitar/drums/voice arrangements and the lyrics are personal.”
Fefe Dobson was on the phone with WBLI in Long Island this morning to talk about what she’s up to ahead of the release of her debut album on December 9th. Dobson says she was inspired by several artists including Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, John Lennon, and more. Dobson then previewed her gig for the station at The Downtown in Farmingdale.
The interview audio at wbli.com has since been removed.
Fefe Dobson stopped by MTV’s Total Request Live on Monday ahead of her self-titled album which debuts on December 9th. Fefe chatted about how she was discovered, her crazy mother, the bold messages in her music, why she needs to chew gum when performing, and she flirted with interviewer Damien. Read on for rough transcript.
Pop acts on television this week include Britney Spears, who appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday and MTV’s Total Request Live on Tuesday; Fefe Dobson, who appears on TRL on Monday; Cyndi Lauper, who appears on Today on Tuesday and the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday; Wade Robson, who appears on The View on Friday; and look for ‘American Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson on the UK edition of TRL on Monday and Nelly Furtado on Wednesday.
The New York Daily News profiled the latest batch of female pop stars including Leslie Mills, Fefe Dobson, Katy Rose, Maria, Christina Milian, Joss Stone, Tiffany Villarreal, and Tina Ann. Dobson says she turned to the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain for inspiration when prepping her self titled debut. “When I was recording,” recalls Dobson, “I’d look at Kurt Cobain’s poster on the wall and it felt like he was telling me, ‘You can do it!'”
Chart magazine caught up with Toronto teen pop rocker Fefe Dobson and asked about the inevitable comparisons with fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne. “Avril has great energy and people love her, and she went far, and I hope she goes far on the next album,” Dobson said. “But I’m excited to touch the world with what I have now and bring a different spice to it.”