Maligned Women of the 00s: From Your Screen to Your Stereo

Who remembers Paris Hilton’s “Stars are Blind” or Heidi Montag’s “Superficial”? While these mid-00s bops turned into flops at the time of release, they are certified cult-classic gold. These famously maligned women of the 00s made the jump from your screen to your stereo and we’re ready to unpack it all this week.

Fifteen years after the release of her debut track, Paris Hilton is making headlines as a well-respected DJ. But in the early 2002s, she was treated as a blonde bimbo with a sex tape from reality show The Simple Life. Her redemption arc might just be one of the biggest in our time. G

So how did Paris Hilton go from America’s favorite joke to successful DJ? And what happened to other women of the mid-00s who tried their hand at music? 

This week we’re talking about Paris, Lindsay Lohan, Heidi Montag and Kim Kardashian – maligned women whose music careers flopped and whether or not the media’s narrative of them had something to do with it.

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Sources for Maligned Women of the 00s

What Happened To Lindsay Lohan? (Buzzfeed News, Scaachi Koul, 2019)

The Untold Truth Of Lindsay Lohan’s Music Career (Nicki Swift, Tracey Harrington Mccoy, 2020)

Lindsay Lohan’s Musical Career: What Went Wrong? (The Awl, Aleksander Chan and Kelsey McKinney, 2014)

Remember when Lindsay Lohan was a pop star? Revisit her short-lived music career (USA Today, Maeve McDermott, 2019)

Heidi Montag Reflects On Her Pop Career: “I Thought It Was Just The Beginning” (Idolator, Mike Wass, 2018

Spencer and Heidi Pratt on Heidi’s Music Career, Taylor Swift and a Speidi Spinoff (Nylon, 2021)

Heidi Montag Fights Back With ‘Superficial’ (MTV News, Jocelyn Vena, 2009)

Heidi Montag says new album cost almost $2 million, left her broke, is as good as ‘Thriller’ (Entertainment Weekly, Tim Stack, 2010)

Heidi Montag’s ‘Superficial’ Is the Most Underrated Album of All Time — Inside the 

Making of a Pop Opus (EXCLUSIVE) (Life & Style, Evan Real, 2018)

Paris Hilton Knew “Stars Are Blind” Would Be A Major Hit (Bustle, Samatha Leach, 2020)

Paris Hilton “Star Are Blind” Original Music Video

Paris Review (Pitchfork, Rich Juzwiak, 2020)

Paris Hilton, Paris Hilton: Review (The Guardian, Alexis Petridis, 2006)

Seeing ‘Stars’ with singer Paris Hilton (The Baltimore Sun, Rashod D. Ollison, 2006)

Kim Kardashian’s Forgotten ‘Jam’: Revisiting The Bid (Or Was It?) For Music Stardom (Billboard, Jason Lipshutz, 2015)

Why Kim Kardashian West Never Pursued a Career in Music After the Release of Her 2011 Song ‘Jam (Turn It Up)’ (ShowBiz CheatSheet, Bre Williams, 2020

“Jam (Turn It Up)” is the strangest relic of Kim Kardashian’s career (AV Club, Megan Kirby, 2016)

“Jam (Turn It Up)” Unofficial Music Video

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