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'Quality' group targets pop star
Ashlee Simpson
Simpson's album has been targeted by the group
A US pressure group is offering music fans the chance to trade in copies of singer Ashlee Simpson's album for "one of a higher entertainment quality".

Fans can bring the CD to a New York venue and exchange it for one by Elvis Costello, The Ramones, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin or others.

The stunt is being held by a group calling itself Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment (Hope).

Simpson recently sparked a furore when she was found to be miming on TV.

She fled from the stage of Saturday Night Live after a guide track she was using started without her. The singer later said she had been suffering from a sore throat and was using the tape to reinforce her voice.

Ashlee Simpson
Simpson (right) fled the TV show's stage earlier this month
Simpson, 20, made her name as an actress and TV presenter before entering pop music. Her debut album, Autobiography, was released in the US in July.

Hope has targeted the film Taxi, with members approaching movie-goers in queues outside cinemas "to alert patrons that it is substandard fare".

The group has also demonstrated against celebrity socialite Paris Hilton, at a Los Angeles signing event for her book Confessions of an Heiress.

Members carried placards with slogans such as "Why are you famous?" and "You can't buy brain cells".

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