Don't call it a comeback, but 2013 just might be the year of Paris Hilton's pop culture renaissance, and she's got some major players co-signing the whole thing.
While it may seem like her former BFF, Kim Kardashian, has stolen the spotlight away from the hotel heiress as the most-buzzed-about reality starlet du jour, Hilton has been making strides to reclaim her spot at the top of the socialite heap. Not only has she graced the big screen in Sofia Coppola's latest, "The Bling Ring," but she's also plotting her return to music, signing a headline-making record deal with hip-hop empire Cash Money Records.
She hit Cannes last week to promote her involvement with Coppola's flick, based on her own real-life experience with a group of Hollywood thieves and partially shot at her home. This week, she also scored major buzz by singing with YMCMB, which MTV News confirmed on Wednesday. After releasing her self-titled debut in 2006, Hilton first teased her sophomore project last year. And now it's well on its way, according to the label's co-founder, Birdman.
"She's always supported us, and we've supported her. It was a friendship first," he shared with the L.A. Times of his relationship with the star, whose previously collaborations with the crew includes her 2012 single with Lil Wayne "Last Night" and appearing in Rich Gang's video for "Tapout" just this month. "She played us music, and I was taken aback. I was impressed by her music, and I didn't know she could sing so well."
He added, "Controversy and all of that, it works for your benefit. [Her Cash Money deal] being so talked about shows the strength of her popularity. I'm very excited. I'm very appreciative that she's part of the team. She's very talented, and a beautiful young woman."
Birdman confirmed that new music is coming sooner, rather than later. A single should hit the streets ahead of the album's summer release date. As she's previously stated, the album will be EDM-centric, with production being helmed by Afrojack. Birdman added, "I want to let her do what she wants as an artist. We're going to support it."