Vanessa Carlton, Alanis Morissette & Alicia Keys Spoof On SNL

Vanessa Carlton, Alanis Morissette, and Alicia Keys were goofed on Saturday Night Live in a combination character played by host Kirsten Dunst, that was a guest named Alexis Yarlsberg on Last Call with Carson Daly. The name of Yarlsberg’s album was ‘Be Not The One Who Is Not That No Love’, a reference to Carlton’s ‘Be Not Nobody’. The outfit worn by Dunst was a dead match for Alicia Keys’ when she appeared on Carson’s debut episode. Yarlsberg also spoke in a style reminiscent of Alanis-speak. Carlton fans seem to be taking it ok, just showing more evidence that she’s made it big to be made fun of on SNL.

Dodging Cars In London

May 11, 2002 – Vanessa checked in with fans on her official site’s message board on Saturday, where she’s staying in London. Carlton said:

I actually have the night off tonight! I’m not sure if that’s good considering every time I take a stroll and step off a curb I almost get hit by a car. I swear I’ve almost died twice.

My dad is here! I’ve missed him. He’s out here flying (he’s a pilot). At the moment, he’s snoring on the couch in my hotel room. I’m off to Sweden tomorrow. I know it must sound so glamorous, but all I really see is a hotel room and an airplane cabin. I miss the states. I miss my bed. I miss my piano! I realized that I haven’t mentioned how grateful I am to all of those that went out and bought my record. I hope to provide much listening pleasure for the rest of my life, or at least until I can’t play anymore. Much love.

Faced Early Days Of Being Pushed To Be Britney

May 9, 2002 – Vanessa talked about her early days to Jim Farber of the New York Daily News. Carlton’s efforts to three years ago to get a record deal were met with offers that she didn’t have much interest in. “They’d say, ‘Can you dance around like Britney Spears? Do you really need to play the piano yourself? And do you have to write your own material?'” the now 21-year-old artist recalls with a sigh. “I’d turn around, walk out and not look back.”

A&M Records Gush Over Vanessa Carlton’s Debut Success

May 8, 2002 – A&M Records put out a warm press release today after Vanessa’s ‘Be Not Nobody’ entered onto The Billboard 200 album chart at #5, selling 101,941 copies its first week out. Ron Fair, producer of ‘Be Not Nobody’ and President of A&M Records praised, “From the moment we finished Vanessa’s album, we believed it was extraordinary. Yes, she was an unknown artist but everyone along the way, from Jimmy Iovine (Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M) to MTV to radio to the online community, greeted ‘A Thousand Miles’ and then the album with the same reaction — they fell in love with an artist who’s both classic and fresh, timely and timeless. Every now and then, you get an old-fashioned organic hit record.”

Checks In From Switzerland

May 7, 2002 – Vanessa messaged in to fans on her official website forum from Switzerland on Tuesday. Carlton said, “Hello all, I’m in Switzerland right now. Excellent chocolate. When I arrived, the breeze smelled of sweet bananas. I have officially found Candyland (my favorite board game). I got hit by jet lag pretty hard a couple of hours ago. I’m going to Amsterdam tonight (lots of fun to be had). I laughed so hard reading some of your messages today. I’ll try to check in more often. I read your messages whenever I can. Although I don’t know any of you personally I sometimes feel as if I do. Much love and thanks for the words. Enjoy the album. It’s all yours.”

Vanessa Carlton Could Finish #2 In Album Charts

May 6, 2002 – With about half the figures in, it appears the Big Tymers are set to top the charts with ‘Hood Rich’, on pace to sell about 200,000 records, which is good enough to top Vanessa’s debut ‘Be Not Nobody’, Ashanti’s self titled album, and the ‘Spiderman’ Soundtrack, each jockeying to sell around 125,000. Final figures should be in by Wednesday.

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