sexy” is the new “That’s hot,” proclaims Paris
Hilton, who’s framed by a classic Central Park view as she lounges
on a sofa during our intimate interview at the Ritz Carlton in New York.
Though either catchphrase could’ve been coined to describe the
ubiquitous hotel heiress and her multifaceted career, both also define
her recently released debut album, “Paris.”
Paris Hilton: ‘I’m like no one else and I don’t
care what people say about me.’
Photo: Anthony Mandler
“I knew the gays would love my music,” says Hilton, who’s
thrilled that “Stars are Blind,” her reggae-flavored first
single, has been a hit among homos. “I’m like a gay guy that
way — I love the same kind of music. I actually like going to gay
clubs better because the music is usually much better.”
In fact, she says she purposely sought the remixing talents of such gay-favorite
DJs as Peter Rauhofer, Paul Oakenfold and Tracy Young for the new project.
And she promises there will be surprise performances at various high-profile
gay clubs over the next few months.
Hilton was too busy traveling this summer to participate in any gay Pride
festivities. (“I was so bummed!” she says.) However, the 25-year-old
paparazzi princess was honored at “Idols of Gay Hollywood,” an
exhibit at The Hollywood Museum, where the outfits she and her mother Kathy
wore as Grand Marshals of last year’s L.A. Pride are on display.
“The gay community has definitely been a huge part of my fanbase,” Hilton
says. “I think it’s because I’m free-spirited and I enjoy
life. I’m like no one else and I don’t care what people say
Among the tracks on “Paris,” Hilton believes the boys will
particularly dig her cover of the Rod Stewart classic “Do Ya Think
I’m Sexy” — inspired by a night out with Stewart and
his socialite daughter, Kimberly. She nixed her original plan to record
a cover of “I Touch Myself.” (The Divinyls hit was written
by “Like a Virgin” lyricist Billy Steinberg, who wrote the
sole ballad on “Paris.”) “I felt kind of weird,” Hilton
says. “I’m like, ‘I don’t want to be on stage singing
that in front of my mom!’”
Other covers that were recorded, including David Bowie’s “Fame,” Blondie’s “Heart
of Glass” and Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes,” may
surface in the future. “I’m definitely going to be doing a
lot more albums,” Hilton says, adding that her sophomore release
will explore as wide a variety of genres as her debut.
“I have my business, but my passion and my heart is in the music.
I’ll always put the music before anything else. I was supposed to
be doing three movies this summer, but I’m turning them all down
because I want to focus on my record. This is what I really want to do.”
Hilton’s also getting a kick out of rehearsing for her upcoming tour,
which prompts me to ask a question. In a twist on the immortal words of
Madonna: You can dance? “I’m learning how,” she admits
with a laugh. The girl better get into the groove; her album is packed
with thumpin’ hip-grinders that demand choreography, including the
infectious second single, “Turn It Up.”
Another track that’s creating buzz is “Jealousy,” which
Hilton admits was inspired by her much-publicized falling out with former
best friend and costar on “The Simple Life,” Nicole Richie.
“I wanted to write a sad song,” Hilton says. “And the
one thing that I was really sad about in my life was that me and my friend
of 20 years grew apart because of fame. Jealousy is the evilest emotion
and it doesn’t do any good for anyone. It’s better to just
be happy for someone if they’re successful. I want what’s best
for my friends. When people let jealousy take over them, it destroys friendships.”
And speaking of friendships — though she hasn’t received any
ancient scriptures or an invitation to Israel, Hilton has had a Kabbalah
chat with her new friend and Warner Bros. label-mate Madonna. The pair
first met last year at the Brit Awards in London.
“She’s like, ‘I heard about your record and I can’t
wait to hear the whole thing,’” says Hilton, beaming. “And
I was like, ‘Oh my God, I love you. You’re amazing.’ I’ve
never really been excited to meet anyone in my life, but Madonna’s
like my idol.”
Just don’t expect Hilton to reinvent herself by dyeing her trademark
blonde coiffure. “Sorry, but I don’t want to ruin my hair!”
Much like Madonna when she famously appeared on “American Bandstand” in
1983, though, Hilton is ready to rule the world. When asked what’s
left for her to become after all she’s accomplished, she gleefully
Now that’s blonde ambition.
“Paris” (Warner Bros.) is in stores now.