Ashlee's New "Boyfriend"
In addition to the video, which premieres on MTV's TRL Sept. 12, Simpson plans to hit a number of small venues this fall on a mini tour promoting I Am Me. "The album is incredible," says her mom, Tina, who notes that Ashlee even addresses last year's Saturday Night Live lip-synching debacle on two songs. "You'll see a lot of maturity in her voice and lyrics." The music isn't the only change. The onetime bottle brunette—who just bought a new home in the San Fernando Valley—has returned to her natural blonde hair color. "If you listen to my new record, it's lighter and more fun," she says. Plus, "I was really sick of getting my roots done—it looked like I was balding when they'd come in. I just had to go back to being blonde. But I'm such an extremist. I was trying highlights, but I was like, 'No, I've got to go white. Put the peroxide to my hair now!' "
Chris Strauss. Marisa Laudadio in Los Angeles and Mark Dagostino in New York City.