While engaged in my daily stint of novel-writing procrastination — although I’m pleased to say I’m more disciplined of late and such stints are growing shorter, so perhaps I’m growing up after all*– I came across this little bit from A Socialite’s Life, which I can’t resist copying here. (Is that so wrong?)
Looks like despite inital buzz over her first single, “Stars Go Blind,” Paris Hilton’s first CD is pretty much being viewed as a failure. According to the New York Post:
‘In its first week out of the gate, Hilton’s first CD is being widely seen as a certified flop. “Paris,” which features the single “Stars Are Blind,” sold a lackluster 75,000 copies in the United States – a pittance compared to Christina Aguilera’s first-week sales of 320,000, according to Soundscan. And projected sales for next week are said to be a measly 30,000, which is a larger than normal second week drop. “Paris” is languishing at the bottom of Billboard’s Hot 100 – so Hilton’s label rushed out her second single, “Turn It Up,” which isn’t doing very well either. “The international outlook is not much better for her,” one industry source told Page Six. “The international people are not inclined to do a big push since she can’t back up the album with a tour. Obviously, she can’t sing live.”‘
My favorite part is when they say that “obviously, she can’t sing live.”
Partying hard? Lotsa $$$.
Landing a record deal based on your famous-for-being-famous status? Even more $$$.
Being born with some actual talent? PRICELESS.
Sorry you can’t charge it to your Visa Mastercard, sweetie.
Good way for the young kids to learn you actually can’t go out and buy a music career (right, Mr Spears?).
At the very least, it takes an older sibling already famous in your desired profession and an entire reality series about how you’re struggling to emerge from her shadow.
Failing that, ten or fifteen or twenty years of toiling away in obscurity might do it.
* I have the birthday this weekend.