It’s been more than 11 years since Paris Hilton put forth the auditory blessing that is her self-titled debut album. In case you forgot, the iconic LP was laden with sonic gems, including her chart-topping first single, "Stars Are Blind." And while we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several EDM tracks, including "Come Alive" and "Good Time," in recent years, Paris hasn’t released anymore pure pop tunes — until now.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the 36-year-old socialite-turned-singer has gifted the world with a new slow jam called "I Need You," which she has been teasing on social media for a whole week by posting photos of herself rocking Bettie Page bangs and an array of sexy ensembles. Listen to the song and watch a preview for its music video above!
On "I Need You," Paris — who is engaged to actor Chris Zylka — sings about a lover who brings her "heart to life" in an outpouring of holiday-inspired lyrics. "I wanna put the happy in your birthday/ And I wanna be the merry in your Christmas," she coos over doo-wop instrumentals. "I’m always giving thanks for you on every Thanksgiving."
As fans are well aware, a demo for "I Need You" has been making the rounds on blogs and music-sharing sites for years. However, with Cupid’s intercession, we finally can enjoy the track in all its produced, polished glory. Now, if you’re like me, you’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for Paris’ follow-up to her 2006 pop opus (which, just FYI, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, sold 77,000 copies in its first week, and has since sold 600,000 copies worldwide).
Thankfully, Paris has silenced my anxiety by assuring her legions of Little Hiltons (which I most definitely consider myself) that a sophomore effort is on the way. Though, contrary to the laid-back vibe of “I Need You,” the forthcoming album will mostly include pulsating dance anthems. "The new album, I feel this is the only song on there like this. The rest of them are very dance-related," she told Billboard on Wednesday, adding that she’s recorded "probably over 50 different tracks, or even more" for the project. "I’ve literally been recording this album for so long now."