Michelle Branch Disses Vanessa Carlton

Contributed Anonymously:

Apparently Michelle Branch’s momma didn’t teach her better than that because she seems to have posted negative comments about Vanessa Carlton in the official part of her internet forum on Sunday 3/17/02. The negative comment was reported in Q & A form as follows:

Q. Do you like Vanessa Carlton?

A. Not one fu**ing bit”

The lengthy post was quickly removed, but one piece of incriminating evidence remained, an additional thread posted by Michelle that day:

Needless to say, this had the usually yawner of a forum in an uproar with the Michelle fans divided into two basic camps:

Camp 1 : “Michelle would never say anything like that. It must have been a hacker….” These fans would be the most disappointed if Michelle admitted she posted the offending message.

Camp 2: “It’s great that Michelle has an opinion, that she expresses herself….” These sheep would jump off a bridge if Michelle asked them to do so.

As of this moment, there is no official explanation for the post or why it was deleted.

Vanessa Carlton Posts Travel Update, Tour Hints

March 17, 2002 – Vanessa Carlton posted on her official site’s message board on Saturday night, “Hey, I just found out that I’ll be in the UK for two weeks in May. I’ll be all over Europe. This summer I’ll be traveling to Japan and Australia. I’ll also be doing radio concerts until I go on tour in June. I might be on the last leg of the DMB tour this summer. Travis, Coldplay, and Alanis are other possibilities. We’ll see. By fall, I hope to be headlining. That would be crazy. Anyway, I’m really excited about doing Late World with Zack on VH1. It airs on March 25th. More details to come. It was my bros birthday today; he’s twelve. He’s a mini man.”

Vanessa Carlton ‘Fu**in’ Excited’ About New Album

March 16, 2002 – Vanessa updated fans on her official site message board on Friday concerning her new album ”Be Not Nobody’ where she used the ‘f’ word in the process. Vanessa wrote, “Hey guys, I know you all have about a month before you can listen to what I am listening to right now, but I am so fu**in’ excited about this album! It is perhaps the most pure thing I have ever done in my whole life. It is from the heart and it is real. I am counting the days until you all can experience this. Much much love.”

Vanessa Carlton Loves Her Fans Range Of Musical Taste

March 15, 2002 – Vanessa said to fans on her official site message board Thursday night, “I just think you should know that some of you guys are so hilarious. Anyways, I love that you all listen to such a range of music. From punk to jazz to pop. Cool. Diversity is oh so much better!”

Vanessa Carlton Reveals Album Title & Update

Vanessa Carlton revealed to fans on her official site’s message board the progress on her album. Carlton said on Saturday morning, “I don’t know if my cold went away or if I’m just really happy this morning. Oh, it’s 2pm isn’t it. I just woke up. I’m going back to LA tomorrow morning to rehearse with my band and finish album artwork. I can’t tell you much I adore the cover of ‘Be Not Nobody’. It’s kind of reminiscent of some of the old 70’s illustrated album covers, but it’s definitely all me. Anyway, I’m finishing up that stuff next week and I got a show if San Fran opening for the Counting Crows. Hope to see some of you there. My mom is making me breakfast!!!! man, it’s good to be home!!” Carlton also said she also does her official site’s artwork.

Vanessa Carlton Shares Secret CD Release Date

March 8, 2002 – Vanessa couldn’t keep her record company’s secret on her official site message board by leaking the release date of her debut album. Vanessa revealed, “Hey guys… guess what! I’m not supposed to say this yet, cause my label hasn’t released the date, but I don’t really care. My album comes out on April 30!!!!!!! yeah baby. Finally!!! It will have eleven songs including all of the lyrics and some cool pics in the booklet. Up until then, I’ll be doing lots of radio shows, a few talk shows, and possibly SNL!!”

Vanessa Carlton Calls In To Seattle Radio Show

March 6, 2002 – Vanessa called in to talk with KISS 106.1’s Jackie & Bender recently (from Los Angeles) to talk about her recent commercial success, the filming of her video ‘A Thousand Miles’, comparisons to Michelle Branch, her reaction to her songs being played on the radio, how she was introduced to music while still in her mother’s womb, and the perks with being a successful artist. Vanessa said she doesn’t have a boyfriend.

Vanessa Carlton Checks In After Conan Performance

March 6, 2002 – Vanessa checked in with fans on her official site’s message board on Wednesday to give her thoughts on her appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien on Tuesday night. Carlton said, “Hey guys. I had fun last night. I can’t tell you how excited I was to touch Conan’s hair. His hair is just so hilarious!!! It felt fantastic. I love him!!!! Anyway, I’m on the east coast hangin’ out with family and friends. I’m sick and need to sleep a lot.”

Vanessa Carlton Searches Explode In January

Searches for Vanessa Carlton exploded from December of last year to January, with the singer only getting a few thousand searches only to receive 28,000 searches in January on pay-per search engine Overture.com. Since her hit ‘A Thousand Miles’ is the only song the singer has released, it was her most searched for tune. The most searched misspelling was ‘Venessa Carlton.’ The spike in popularity has catapulted the singer above fellow singer Vanessa Williams as the most popular Vanessa. Searches for ‘A Thousand Miles’ were 597 for the month.

Vanessa Carlton Returns From Asia Trip

February 28, 2002 – Vanessa greeted fans on her official site’s message board following her return from a promotional trip in Asia. Vanessa said, “I’m back from Asia!!!! I liked Hong Kong the best. I feel like such a lucky girl to be able to travel like this, however, it was pure business. I didn’t really have any time to sight see, but I’m not complaining. How are you guys!!!?? My ultimate fans!!! Much love. I’ve been working so hard getting this album out as soon as possible. It’s-a-comin’-round-the-mountain. Thanks to everyone for buying the single. It’s number 4 on the charts and they play it on the radio all the time!!!!! This is all incredibly humbling.”

Singer-Songwriter Girls Taking The Britney Spears Throne

February 22, 2002 – Katrillion takes a look at the new look of girl pop, with the recent breakout of the singer-songwriter ilk, including, Vanessa Carlton, Christina Milian, Michelle Branch, M2M and Shakira. They quote Carlton saying, “All these songs just poured out of me. I never thought of myself as a singer until I sang my lyrics. I put my voice and piano together and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”

Vanessa Carlton Thanks Fans For Getting On TRL Countdown

February 11, 2002 – Vanessa thanked fans on her official site’s message board for their votes that landed her in the number 9 spot on Friday’s Total Request Live. Vanessa said, “Hey guys, I haven’t been near a computer in a while, but here I am. I can’t believe you guys put me on TRL!! You’re awesome, all of you. Anyway, I’m going to NY tomorrow, then Hong Kong for a few promotional gigs. Much love to everyone reading this. Thanks again.”

Vanessa Carlton Named An Artist To Watch

January 26, 2002 – Vanessa has been named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 artists to watch for 2002. Vanessa told them that before being signed by Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine, “I was really hoping no one would sign me, because then they’d find out that I only had four songs.”

Vanessa Carlton Back At Parent’s House For A Night

January 20, 2002 – Vanessa told fans on her official site message board she’s arrived to her parent’s home in Pennsylvania Saturday before departing again on Sunday night. Vanessa said, “I just got back from LA. There’s 8 inches of snow on the ground in PA. I love it!! I’m going back to NYC tomorrow night, but at least I get one night at my parent’s house. I really missed my dog!!! She’s an extremely emotionally sensitive black lab named Maggie. She’s crazy. I don’t know what I’d do without her. FYI to those who wondered if I draw my website…. I do. Glad you dig it.”

Gwen Carlton Sticks Up For Big Sister Vanessa

Vanessa Carlton’s sister Gwen stuck up for her big sister after a negative posting by a fan of Jewel who blasted, “I just saw this chick’s video on MTV and she sucks! She is trying to be like Jewel and Michelle Branch… they are so much better than her… and she’s never going to make it in the business.” Gwen’s response:

Imagine taking three years out of your life to follow a passion. Vanessa dropped everything in her life to follow her music . Her music is who she is, and just by seeing one video of hers and listening to one song, you can only get a slanted opinion. I highly doubt that you have ever seen her in a club spilling her guts out on the piano, then you can truly realize that this girl is for real. I don’t know that you are even going to read this, but don’t worry my sister most likely listened to your judgmental comment. There is a part of her that is scared to give her whole self out there into the world and to be getting judged for it. She knows that this is the backlash she gets to show people that there is more to music than Britney Spears and O Town. People like you who don’t even get to see the whole picture will realize that there is more to her than just an image, but there is a heart and passion to her music, and if you are blind to this I would wish that you tried a little harder to see it.

Thank you for your time
Gwen Carlton

Vanessa Carlton Teary Eyed Over Fans’ Messages

January 18, 2002 – Vanessa Carlton posted a new message Tuesday to thank fans and alert them that her debut video ‘A Thousand Miles’ is now ‘Buzzworthy’. Carlton writes, “Just want you all to know that I have read every single one of your messages. I used to blush when I read them, but I actually got teary eyed today. Your words mean so much to me. Thanks. Anyway FYI the video is Buzzworthy on MTV now. I think part of the reason is that you guys are voting all the time. I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you. Much much love.”

Vanessa Carlton Thanks Fans For Being TRL Wannabe

January 18, 2002 – Gracious Vanessa Carlson posted another message on her official site’s forum thanking fans for voting for her on Total Request Live. Vanessa said, “I’m really looking forward to going to NY. I miss my apartment!! I’m leaving LA on the 20th for my TRL show on the 24th. I’m kind of nervous, but excited at the same time. MTV is being so awesome. Thanks again for the TRL votes.”

Vanessa Carlton Packs & Does Dishes Before NY Trip

Vanessa Carlton posted an updated for fans on her official site Friday telling them, “I’m really excited right now because I get to fly home to NY tomorrow morning. I’m buzzing around my apartment trying to pack and do dishes, but I fear I am making no progress whatsoever. I’m really looking forward to playing my song on MTV. I’m finally starting to meet with radio stations next week too. Thanks again for all the cool messages (I love the Vanessa Carlton Warrior icon… I was hysterical!!!) Much love to you guys.”

Vanessa Carlton Blushing Over Compliments

January 5, 2002 – Vanessa again communicated with fans on her official site’s message board on Saturday following the TRL premiere of her new video saying, “Just want everyone to know that I get so excited everyday to check out what you guys say. I honestly never expected so many amazing messages. I have the best fans ever. I can’t wait for you all to be able to hear the rest of the songs on the album. I’m not sure if I should be saying this (my record company is gonna kill me), but the B side of the single (“A Thousand Miles” is going to be a special live version of the song “Twilight”. Twilight is just me and the piano. Just want you guys to know. (Look for it in early Feb.)”

Vanessa Carlton Jumps Online Following TRL Premiere

January 5, 2002 – Vanessa jumped online after her video for “A Thousand Miles” debuted on MTV’s Total Request Live. The awestruck Vanessa posted on her official site’s message board, “My mom will be proud. Ummmm… I was just world premiered? Carson was cool. You guys are awesome. Much Much Much love and thanks.”

Vanessa Carlton Ticketed For Running Red Lights

January 5, 2002 – Vanessa admitted Thursday on her official site’s message board that “I got two tickets last week for running red lights. My mom says that I’m a beginner driver but I swear I’m intermediate.” As for her album, Vanessa said, “FYI just got back to LA from Arizona (I was riding horses). I’m finishing up vocals on a few songs and rehearsing with my band. Trying to decide on album cover, but I don’t like the pictures. (I hate getting my picture taken).”

Vanessa Carlton Says Fame Won’t Change Her

January 5, 2002 – Vanessa posted to fans on her official site’s message board not to worry about her big break on MTV will turn her into a pop diva. Vanessa said ahead of her video debut last weekend, “I had know idea they were going to air the video already. I’m so happy people like it. I had so much fun filming it. I wish I could respond to every e-mail I get. I thank each and every one of you for the support. Those of you who are worried that fame will change me…. don’t. I don’t buy into any of the bullsh*t. I’m actually in the desert right now riding horses.”

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