Stars Are Blind

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"Stars Are Blind"
Single by Paris Hilton
from the album Paris
Released June 5, 2006 (2006-06-05)
Format CD single, digital download, 12" single
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop, reggae
Length 3:57
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Fernando Garibay
  • Sheppard Solomon
Paris Hilton singles chronology
"Stars Are Blind"
(2006)
"Turn It Up"
(2006)

"Stars Are Blind" is a song recorded by Paris Hilton for her debut album Paris. It was released as the first single in mid-2006 and has a reggae sound (produced by Fernando Garibay). The song reached the top five in Canada, Ireland, Turkey and the UK and also topped the Hungarian Singles Chart.

A remix featuring reggaeton singers Wisin y Yandel was released in Latin America, receiving heavy airplay and achieving club success in countries like Colombia, Chile and Venezuela.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The song received positive reviews from most music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic called it "a breezy track".[1] Sal Cinquemani from Slant says that "Paris's debut single, "Stars Are Blind" (which was commissioned to bridge the gap between the hip-hop and rock-inflected tunes on the album), has been the surprise of the summer, Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" notwithstanding; it's a sunny, reggae-hued love song that has eclipsed new singles by some of music's biggest stars.[2] Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly called it: "a summery island groove".[3] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian said that: "On Stars Are Blind, the combination of tinny cod-reggae and your-call-is-being-held-in-a-queue vocal technique results in something so plasticky, it's perversely enjoyable". Mark Daniels from Yahoo! Music said: "Even the plinky pop-reggae, never a good look, of single "Stars Are Blind" manages to ingratiate itself eventually".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Stars Are Blind" was one of the highest debuting singles in the U.S. in 2006, entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number eighteen[5] due to strong digital sales. It had previously debuted at number two on the U.S. Bubbling Under Billboard Hot 100 Chart (equivalent to #102 on the US Billboard Top 100).

Music video[edit]

Hilton shot the video for the single on Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu, California on May 24, 2006 directed by Chris Applebaum. The video for the song features many images of her walking and rolling around on the beach with a lover. It premiered on June 6, 2006 on MTV. The video is stated to be the international version.

A second version of the video was shot for the European and Latin American countries, featuring Hilton's lover (played by Lucas Babin) from the beach as her photographer at a photoshoot. In this version, scenes from the beach are still present, but exist as Hilton's fantasies during the photoshoot. At the end of the video, she wins the affection of her photographer, but ends up just taking his keys and stealing his car. The second version premiered on Z100's website on July 5, 2006.[6] The video is often called "Version 2" or "Black & White Version" or the "Clean version". This is the version that was accepted by other countries internationally rather than the first one.

Legal controversy[edit]

In June 2007 the copyright holders of the 1970 song "Kingston Town", Sparta Florida Music Group, started legal action against Hilton and Warner Chappell Music for plagiarism due to alleged similarities between "Stars Are Blind" and "Kingston Town".[7][8] The two songs use the same chord progression in the verses. It has wrongly been ascribed that UB40 was the suing party, but that has been denied by the band themselves on their website.[9]

Track listing and formats[edit]

Standard single
No. Title Music Length
1. "Stars Are Blind"   Fernando Garibay, Sheppard Solomon, Ralph McCarthy 3:57
2. "Stars Are Blind" (Tracy Does Paris Radio Remix)   3:34

Release history[edit]

Country Release date format
Worldwide June 5, 2006 (2006-06-05) Digital download
United States June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06) Top 40/Mainstream radio
Australia July 8, 2006 (2006-07-08) Digital download
United Kingdom July 31, 2006 (2006-07-31)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 28
Czech Republic (IFPI)[14] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten)[15] 5
European Hot 100 Singles[16] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 6
France (SNEP)[18] 34
Germany (Media Control AG)[19] 7
Hungary (Single Top 20)[20] 1
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[21] 7
Italy (FIMI)[22] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[24] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 12
Norway (VG-lista)[26] 6
Slovakia (IFPI)[27] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[31] 18
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[32] 16
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[33] 1
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[34] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Country Chart Ranking
2006 Australia ARIA 77[35]
Preceded by
"C'est La Vie" by Kim English
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs number-one single
August 26, 2006
Succeeded by
"Lost" by Roger Sanchez

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paris> Paris Hilton Album<> Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Paris Hilton
  3. ^ Paris - Music Review
  4. ^ Yahoo! Music Album Review Paris Hilton - Paris
  5. ^ Clover Hope, "Furtado Earns Second No. 1 Of The Week", Billboard.com, June 29, 2006.
  6. ^ [1][dead link] Z100.com Retrieved on 05-22-07
  7. ^ UB40 sue Paris Hilton over copyright
  8. ^ Paris in UB40 rip-off row
  9. ^ Press Statement: PARIS HILTON & UB40
  10. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ "Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200637 into search.
  15. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind". Tracklisten.
  16. ^ "Paris Hilton Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Paris Hilton.
  17. ^ "Paris Hilton: Stars Are Blind" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind" (in French). Les classement single.
  19. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  20. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 10 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  21. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  22. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind". Top Digital Download.
  23. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Paris Hilton search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  25. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind". Top 40 Singles.
  26. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind". VG-lista.
  27. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200635 into search.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind". Singles Top 60.
  29. ^ "Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  30. ^ "Paris Hilton" UK Singles Chart.
  31. ^ "Paris Hilton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Paris Hilton.
  32. ^ "Paris Hilton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Paris Hilton.
  33. ^ "Paris Hilton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Paris Hilton.
  34. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2006-07-15. Archived from the original on 2006-07-15. 
  35. ^ The ARIA Report

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