On this day in 1999, Jessica Simpson released her debut single, ‘I Wanna Love You Forever’ from the album ‘Sweet Kisses’.
The song peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, which remains her highest charting single in the US. It also topped the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for four weeks.
In Australia, the song stayed in the Top 20 for twelve weeks, peaking at #9. The single was certified Platinum in both the US and Australia.
It was also a Top 20 hit around the world, and is widely considered her signature song.
The director of the music video, Bille Woodruff, revealed on an Instagram post that there was a different video originally shot for the song with a “lavish masquerade ball where she meets a mysterious stranger played by, at the time unknown, Ashton Kutcher”. He stated that Tommy Mottola, who during that time was Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, wanted Jessica’s hair to be straight instead of curly, so that video was entirely scrapped.
In Jessica’s 2020 memoir ‘Open Book’, which was a New York Times Best Seller, she revealed that following the final ‘I Wanna Love You Forever’ video, Tommy Mottola told her, “This video is great, but you can do better. I want a six-pack for the next video. Janet Jackson abs”, which fuelled long-lasting body image issues.
Watch the music video: