Paris (Paris Hilton album)

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Paris
Studio album by Paris Hilton
Released August 22, 2006
Recorded 2004–2006
Genre
Length 39:55
Label Warner Bros.
Producer
Singles from Paris
  1. "Stars Are Blind"
    Released: June 5, 2006
  2. "Turn It Up"
    Released: July 11, 2006
  3. "Nothing in This World"
    Released: August 28, 2006

Paris is the debut studio album by American media personality and singer Paris Hilton. It was released on August 22, 2006 by Warner Bros. Records. Best known as a socialite and heiress of Hilton hotels, Hilton rose to worldwide fame as a reality show co-star. The entire album was posted on AOL Music on August 13, 2006, causing the album to be leaked on the Internet nine days before the scheduled release date.[1]

Paris received generally mixed reviews from music critics. The album reached number six on the Billboard 200, and sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.[2] As of March 2011, the album has sold 197,000 copies in the US.[3]

Background[edit]

Hilton first announced plans to record an album in 2003, and began early collaborations with Romeo Antonio and JC Chasez.[4] In 2004, she met with producer Rob Boldt and began recording demo tracks. While collaborating with Boldt, Hilton was pitched the song "Screwed,"[5] which was written by Kara DioGuardi and Greg Wells, and began talking about it in many interviews, saying it would be the first single from the album. That same summer, Haylie Duff said in an interview that "Screwed" was actually going to be recorded by her previously and would be the first single from her cancelled debut album, followed by a legal battle for the song.[6] In August 2004, a lo-fi leak of Hilton's recording of the song circulated onto the Internet from an Orlando radio station airing, which complicated the legal battle behind the song.[7] Not long afterwards, Duff was dropped by Hollywood Records which allowed Hilton to claim the song as hers. The album was tentatively titled "Paris Is Burning" and reports were made about collaborations with Lil Jon[8] and The Black Eyed Peas.[9] "Screwed" was the only track to appear on the album from any her recording sessions in 2004.

In 2005, Hilton was signed to Warner Bros. Records[10] for distribution of her album and began working with Rob Cavallo. Initially, Cavallo was set to serve as producer for the entire record, who had recorded a retooled, rockier version of "Screwed" and was still intended to be the first single. The album was described to be "Blondie meets The Go Go's, and Hilton confirmed a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" would appear on the album. The album's sound shifted after meeting with Scott Storch in Miami in late 2005, Hilton decided to record a more hip-hop/R&B influenced tracks,[11] and Storch assumed executive producer for the album. After months of collaboration with Storch, with contributions from Fernando Garibay, Dr. Luke, J.R. Rotem, and Greg Wells, Paris was finally complete and ready for release.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 57/100[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[13]
Billboard (positive)[14]
Blender (mixed)[15]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[16]
Robert Christgau (dud)[17]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[18]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[19]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[20]
The Observer 3/5 stars[21]
Yahoo! Music UK (7/10)[22]

Paris received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, out of 100, to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 57, based on 17 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[12] Allmusic was positive, commenting that the album was "more fun than anything released by Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson, and a lot fresher, too".[13] Mark Daniels from Yahoo! Music called the album "actually rather good", before adding, "To many it'll appear that [...] Ms Hilton has bought herself a singing career. And in many ways it could be argued that she has. But so what? With some contagious pop, genuinely stylish moments and a complete lack of inane ballads, it was worth every penny".[22] According to Billboard's Keith Caulfield, "Does it matter that Paris Hilton isn't a great singer? Not really. [...] Wisely, the gaggle of producers and writers enlisted for the project don't require Hilton to do more than she's capable of, thus making "Paris" an enjoyable pop romp. [...] Naysayers be damned: Hilton releasing an album does not signal the end of days. "Paris" won't change the world, but it's good fun.[14]

Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly gave a mixed review, and described the album as a "candy box well-stocked with NutraSweet melodies", but with lyrics "often both inane and vaguely porny".[16] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine stated that the album was not bad, and it would likely earn better notices than recent albums by other female artists. However, he criticized the hip-hop influenced tracks.[19] The Observer's Craig McLean remarked that "The heiress's first album might be more than the musical equivalent of the ghostwritten autobiography after all".[21] Randy Lewis from Los Angeles Times thought that Paris "isn't truly awful. [...] With infectious beats and hooky sonic textures established by the hit-laden pros surrounding her, all Hilton has to bring to the party is, well, Paris". However, he criticized her vocals.[23] MusicOMH gave a negative review, criticizing the album as a whole, before saying that the parts which "aren't bad" were the bits which did not involve Hilton.[24]

Singles[edit]

"Turn It Up" was planned as the lead single for the album, and was commissioned for remixes by Paul Oakenfold, Peter Rauhofer, and Tracy Young. It premiered at the Winter Music Conference in March 2006, but a last minute decision was made to release "Stars Are Blind," and was sent for radio adds in May. Produced by Garibay, "Stars Are Blind" was released digitally June 20 and as a CD-maxi single on July 18, and peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Turn It Up" was then released as a single in digital format on July 11[25] and in 12-inch vinyl format on August 22.[26] "Nothing in This World" followed as the third and final single.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Turn It Up"   Storch 3:12
2. "Fightin' Over Me" (featuring Fat Joe & Jadakiss)
  • Storch
  • Magnet
  • Hilton
  • Fat Joe
  • Jadakiss
  • Alonzo Jackson
  • Taura Jackson
Storch 4:01
3. "Stars Are Blind"  
  • Garibay
  • Solomon (co.)
3:56
4. "I Want You"   Rotem 3:12
5. "Jealousy"  
  • Storch
  • DioGuardi
  • Hilton
Storch 3:40
6. "Heartbeat"  
Storch 3:43
7. "Nothing in This World"  
Dr. Luke 3:10
8. "Screwed"  
3:41
9. "Not Leaving Without You"  
  • DioGuardi
  • Wells
  • Hilton
  • Wells
  • DioGuardi
3:35
10. "Turn You On"  
  • Storch
  • Hilton
  • A. Jackson
  • T. Jackson
  • Courtney Triggs
Storch 3:06
11. "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"  
Storch 4:34

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[27] 24
Austrian Albums Chart[27] 9
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[27] 18
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[28] 49
Canadian Albums Chart[29] 4
Danish Albums Chart[27] 20
Dutch Albums Chart[27] 28
Finnish Albums Chart[27] 17
French Albums Chart[27] 67
German Albums Chart[27] 18
Greek International Albums Chart 11
Hungarian Albums Chart[30] 40
Irish Albums Chart[27] 27
Italian Albums Chart 22
Japanese Albums Chart 8
New Zealand Albums Chart[27] 16
Spanish Albums Chart 98
Swedish Albums Chart[27] 6
Swiss Albums Chart[27] 7
Turkish Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart[27] 29
US Billboard 200[27] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tmz.com/2006/08/14/paris-the-entire-album-a-week-early/
  2. ^ "Paris Hilton's Music". Parishiltonsite.net. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Caulfield, Keith (9 March 2011). "Kim Kardashian vs. Paris Hilton: Whose Debut Single Sold More?". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Paris Hilton Hooks Up With Lil Jon, Shares Her Horsemeat Gross-Out". Retrieved 2004-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Ashlee And Hilary's Hitmaker Is Eager To Work With Paris Hilton". 
  6. ^ "Haylie Duff Not Giving Up On 'Screwed'". Retrieved 2004-08-12. 
  7. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (2004-08-05). "Leak Complicates Paris/ Haylie Fight Over Who Gets 'Screwed' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  8. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (2004-11-22). "Paris Hilton Hooks Up With Lil Jon, Shares Her Horsemeat Gross-Out - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  9. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton And The Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Fat Joe, Duran Duran & More - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  10. ^ "Paris Hilton signs recording contract". Retrieved 2006-01-26. 
  11. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (2005-08-31). "Scott Storch Says He And Paris Are Making 'Amazing' Music - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  12. ^ a b "Paris Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  13. ^ a b Paris (Paris Hilton album) at AllMusic
  14. ^ a b Billboard magazine review
  15. ^ Blender magazine review[dead link]
  16. ^ a b Leah Greenblatt (2006-08-28). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  17. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  18. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Web.archive.org. 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  19. ^ a b "Slant Magazine review". Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  20. ^ Alexis Petridis (2006-08-10). "The Guardian review". London: Arts.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  21. ^ a b "The Observer review". Web.archive.org. 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  22. ^ a b "Yahoo! Music review". Web.archive.org. 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  23. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2006/aug/22/entertainment/et-paris22
  24. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20061123000418/http://www.musicomh.com/albums5/paris-hilton_0806.htm
  25. ^ "Turn It Up – Single by Paris Hilton". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Turn It Up [Vinyl]". Amazon (US). Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Paris Hilton – Paris – αCharts.us". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  28. ^ "Belgian Ultratop 50 Albums (Wallonia)". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  29. ^ Paris Hilton – Paris – Allmusic
  30. ^ Hungarian Albums Chart

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