I wish I could report that the debut single by Paris Hilton, "Stars Are Blind," is a dud. The fact is, I can't stop humming the damn thing. It's certainly a triumph of counterintuitive branding. Hilton spent time in the studio with producers like Scott Storch, a specialist in loud and nasty hip-hop club tracks, and it seemed a forgone conclusion that she would inaugurate her musical career with a sleazy pole-dance anthem. (The first track from her recording sessions to leak to the Internet was called "Screwed.") But "Stars Are Blind" is a sweet, sun-kissed love song with a snappy ska beat, and Hilton (with the aid, undoubtedly, of the Anteres Auto-Tune 4 Pitch Correcting Plug-In) puts it over well, cooing lyrics about her "heart and soul" in a reasonable impersonation of a human being with feelings. All in all, it's a surprisingly good start to Hilton's campaign to break into the pop diva game.
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