Paris Hilton Storms Billboard Charts
Debut single makes top 20; Hicks still strong
The hotel heiress/reality-TV-and-sex-tape star/paparazzi magnet can add "recording artist" to her list of identifying tags. Hilton's first single, "Stars Are Blind," sits at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
The reggae-inflected song is the highest-ranking new song on this week's chart, though it didn't crack the top 10 as some were predicting it would. It's the third-best debut of the year, behind "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud," which was No. 1 last week, and former O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel's "Let U Go," which entered the charts at No. 17.
All three singers, oddly enough, have a reality-TV connection. Forty million people watched Hicks win "Idol" last month, and Angel, who starred in the original "Making the Band," chronicled his comeback attempt on MTV's "There and Back."
As her recording career unfolds, though, Hilton's TV fortunes are somewhat on the wane. "The Simple Life" migrated from FOX to cable network E! for its fourth season, and while ratings have been OK by the network's standards (about 1.3 million people watched the premiere earlier this month), they're a far cry from, say, "The Anna Nicole Show" at its height. Much of the buzz that once surrounded "The Simple Life" has disappeared as well.
Hilton's single couldn't overtake Hicks, who surrendered the No. 1 spot this week to Nelly Furtado and Timbaland's "Promiscuous" but is still going strong at No. 3.