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Meeting Paris Hilton

By Sarah Dahnke in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 22, 2007 7:27PM

Just in case you aren't tired of seeing Paris Hilton's entitled face plastered all over every news outlet around the world, the Smashing Pumpkins are making sure you have yet another reason to stare at her mug.

2007_6_22_parishiltonsp.jpeg"Tarantula," the band's first single from the forthcoming album Zeitgeist, will be released on July 9 in the UK, and Amazon can confirm that the cover art contains a grainy photo of Ms. Hilton wearing a bustier and holding a Blackberry -- the same artwork that was stolen from the band's studio space on North Loomis back in May.

We can assume that this photo is trying to make some kind of statement, but we can't quite put our finger on what that statement is. Are we supposed to view the heiress as some sort of sneaky predator? Does she eat men she doesn't want to mate with? Is she excessively hairy? How does this relate to the song, which seems to be a love cry after some sort of relationship gone wrong, either with a lady ... or former bandmates, perhaps? Either way, how does putting an empty tabloid icon standing in front of a mushroom cloud on the cover of the single help further the notion? Help us, Chicago. WE DON'T GET IT!