Socialite, heiress and tabloid fodder Paris Hilton has, in a bizarre move, signed a deal with Cash Money Records, the home of Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake among others.
Cash Money Records, which was co-founded by Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams back in 1991 and now operates as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, is more commonly associated with hip-hop and rap artists such as Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. However, after news first broke on Sunday, it has now been confirmed that Paris Hilton has joined Cash Money's stable of artists with Birdman (@Birdman5Star) tweeting "Welcome@ParisHilton to tha Family.RichgangRichgirl.YMCMB" on May 22.
According to the initial report, which came from Showbizz411's Roger Friedman at a Cannes party, Hilton's record will be produced by Afrojack, will feature several hip-hop/rap artists including Lil Wayne and is expected to be out this summer.
Paris is of course not entirely new to the music scene, having released her debut album, "Paris," back in 2006. The album spawned three singles, "Stars Are Blind," "Turn It Up" and "Nothing In This World." The LP was almost universally panned by critics, with the Guardian's Alex Petridis saying of Hilton's cover of Rod Stewart's hit, which was the album's final track, "Listening to her sing Rod Stewart's 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy,' you are gripped by the fear that civilisation as we know it is doomed and that brimstone is going to start raining from the sky any minute."
However, Hilton has obviously taken this criticism to heart and has decided on a change in musical direction. As she told Friedman, "This is a lot different than my first album. It's really going to be house music."tb/kc