Paris Hilton Released A New Single Today — Here's What Was Happening In Pop Culture When She First Dropped An Album

With another Valentine’s Day upon us, we finally get the excuse to lay in bed and eat chocolate truffles for hours on end completely guilt-free. If you’re looking for a new jam to add to your celebratory playlist, Paris Hilton released a catchy single, appropriate titled “I Need You,” just in time for the romantic holiday.

It has been twelve years since the release of her self-titled debut album that left the world wanting more from the heiress. The first single off the album, “Stars Are Blind," peaked at number 18 in June 2006 and reached the top 20 in eight other countries that year. 

So, what else was happening in pop culture?

1. Beyoncé embraced her solo career and released “Irreplaceable”

After performing with Destiny’s Child for more than 15 years, Queen B released one of her most iconic hits following the group’s disbandment in mid-2005.

2. Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia decided to called it quits

Gilmore Girls brought them together and kept them that way for more than four years. We’re definitely all still sobbing as we binge watch it on Netflix for the fifth time.

3. Justin Timberlake literally brought “SexyBack”

His latest performance during Halftime at the Superbowl this month had us reminiscing about the good old glory days of his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

4. High School Musical debuted on Disney Channel and changed lives forever

Do you feel old yet? Watching Troy and Gabriella soar and fly at least once a year will keep you from realizing just how many years have passed since the movie’s making.

5. Taylor Swift entered the music world and never looked back

Dedicated Swifties everywhere probably remember the first time they heard “Tim McGraw” on the radio. Seven albums and countless awards later, and we’re still jamming hard.