Heidi Montag says new album cost almost $2 million, left her broke, is as good as 'Thriller'

It’s taken three years, nearly $2 million, and one very questionable Miss Universe pageant performance, but Heidi Montag, star of the The Hills and wife of reality villain Spencer Pratt, finally released her debut album yesterday. Superficial, which Montag and Pratt are putting out on their own label, is an electro-pop collection of 12 tracks with party-friendly titles like “One More Drink” and “Hey Boy.” Montag chatted with EW about the album’s delay, her monetary issues, and why she thinks Superficial is as good as Thriller.

EW: Why did it take three years to put this together?

HEIDI MONTAG: Well, I did it independently. If you look back at the superstars throughout history it used to take that long to put albums together. Now it’s more manufactured. I really wanted to take my time, and every song means so much to me. And every song was a true journey. I had to track down the songs myself, because it was just Spencer and I doing it independently. We really took our time with every single process, because we wanted it to be the highest quality possible. I wanted it to be back to the Thriller days, to that kind of sound. It’s timeless music, so whenever it comes out was the right timing.

EW: Do you think Superficial holds up against something like Thriller?

HM: I definitely do. I think people might not see it now, because it’s my first album coming out. But I’ve spent as much time–maybe more, even–than Thriller. Every detail was very important to me, because I take this very seriously. Most artists, it’s not their own money, but I’ve actually gone broke putting every dollar I’ve ever made and my heart and soul into this music. For me, I have a different appreciation, a different understanding, and a different love of my music and for my album than any other artist possibly could. Because this is my money. This is my gamble. This is my chance.

EW: You’ve gone broke?

HM: Yes. I definitely am. I am. I put every dollar I have into this.

EW: Do you know how much money you’ve spent?

HM: I’ve spent over a million, almost $2 million on this album. It’s cost as much or more than a Britney Spears album, because I wanted it to be that quality and to be able to get those people. My album would have cost a record label over $4 million.

EW: What happens if you don’t earn your money back?

HM: That’s not even a possibility. I think within the first week we will definitely make our money back. The songs will make an impact in pop history. They are absolutely incredible and everybody involved is the best of the best. People just haven’t seen me as a pop star. I’m very excited for the world to see a whole new Heidi.

EW: “Body Language,” the song you performed on Miss Universe, isn’t on the album. Why?

HM: Because that was more 2009. We tried to give everybody pretty much new songs and songs that really went together. I think people got enough of “Body Language,” and I think they know where to get it if they want it. So I just wanted all new fresh, 2010.

EW: That performance got a lot of criticism too. Was that a reason it isn’t on the album?

HM: Oh, no. Not at all. For any musician there’s always going to be criticism, and you have to take it with a grain of salt. I think people were very harsh, forgetting that was my first performance. It takes practice to be the best. My next performance, I promise them it’s going to be a lot bigger, a lot better, a lot more light and love, and a lot more powerful. So I’m very excited for my next performance.

EW: Do you know when your next performance will be?

HM: Maybe the World Cup.

EW: You love to aim high!

HM: I do love to aim high. I’ve already been in talks with some of the people from the World Cup, so whatever is meant to happen will happen. I know this is going to be a very big year. And this is my first year officially in music. This is the first album, and I think the possibilities of where this is going to go is going to be infinite. I’m just excited to be part of the history of music.

EW: If the album doesn’t do as well as you hope, will you still pursue a music career?

HM: Definitely. I think it’s gonna do great. I have a million Twitter followers and they’re all very excited. So that’s at least a million people right there. It also takes time. I don’t expect it to be instant. Maybe it’s the biggest album in a couple months? Maybe it’s the biggest album in a year? But I will never stop music. This is the first album of many to come. As long as I can keep affording it and keep doing it I will, because it’s my love and my passion.

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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  • Matt


    … oh god, wait, was this legit?

    • DW

      She certainly seemed to think so… which only adds to the hilarity of it!

      • ani

        My favorite part is when she said it would be just as big as thriller…mostly because she worked really hard on it! second best is when she said her million plus followers on twitter were all going to buy her album and so she would make her money back.

      • BG 17

        My favourite part is when she says that she has somehow saved $2 million dollars despite evidence of any talent or skill, and then squanders it on the delusion that that first $2 million was not dumb luck…

    • Cajun Joe


      • hahahahahahahhahahaha

        My favorite part was when they said Heidi Montag has a new album.

      • Mary Q. Contrary

        Poor thing. I think her brain is melting.

      • dXm

        brain? I’ve yet to see evidence of one.

    • angie

      This is not, I repeat not an April fools joke.

    • darlene

      I was ROFL at first too thinking this must be a joke. Well if nothing else she picked the perfect name, Superficial, because no one is more superficial that Heidi.

    • anon

      It almost doesn’t seem legit..especially when you read Stacks’ reactions/follow up questions to her bizarro statements. I wish I could have seen his face as he processed her words.


    Hey Stack tell Slezak I’ve think they’ve found his Adam Lambert fo 2010 Hedi seems to have the OTT unreasonble hype down pat ..you know the best album ever …gonna sell millions, make her a superstar, impact the music world …hell she even already has a panned major gig under belt…time to join in on the hype. I mean she is very photogenic and knows how to get press by saying outrageous things so of course everything she does will be great and deserves all the hype you can shove her way.

    • niki

      I think she’s the opposite of photogenic. She looks drunk in all her pictures.

      • BLM

        I agree. In photos, she looks like her eyes can’t focus, almost like she’s blind. Ugh, I can’t stand her and her deluded ideas of herself. I hope she loses everything and has to beg for money on the streets.

      • Allie

        I mean, all of that plastic injected in her skin will make her melt in the sun one day.

  • Steven


  • Willow02115

    wow that woman is delusional. She is not going to make that money back.

    • Sarah

      She’s an idiot to think artists make money off of album sales. They barely make any money from that, most of it comes from touring, paid appearances, etc. Dumb A.

      • Andy F

        Artists don’t score off album sales, when they aren’t the label. Heidi might be a dumb A–but if in fact the Pratts are self-releasing, then their cut of album sales will be far greater than that of the usual major-label pop star.

      • Monty

        They don’t typically make as much on albums because most record labels pay for the albums of signed musicians. They must recoup those expenses before additional revenue is earned, and in most cases they have to earn the value of their ‘signing bonus’ before seeing any revenue either. Since she put this out independently, she has already paid the recording costs and the only cost is Distribution (putting the cds in stores). She probably has a distribution deal, but even then, she is going to bank off of iTunes sales. In that, she earns $.60 – $.70 on the dollar in a standard deal. So if she wants to earn her money back, she could do it on iTunes alone by selling under 3 million tracks, or roughly 300,000-400,000 albums.

        That being said, I hope she sells ZERO tracks. If she believes she’s the first musician to invest all their money in their album, she better get in line. There are thousands of bands out there that work dead end jobs to save up enough money and put every cent into those releases and see little to no return over costs. She did this while living in a mansion with her overly entitled pubic haired faced husband while enjoying the best life has to offer. Cry me a river. This ain’t no Thriller

      • hahahahahahahhahahaha

        Ha ha Andy F…….you said Heidi, Pratts, and album sales all in the same sentence. Ha ha

  • LiLa

    This woman needs a shrink.

    • TheObserver

      no, she needs a sponsor cause clearly there are controlled substances involved….possibly alcohol

      • ani

        alcohol’s not a controlled substance…what she needs is a brain because the one she was born with is defunct

  • Beth


  • Colin

    someone needs to start a petition for nobody to buy her album, so maybe she and Spencer will finally disappear

  • gigi

    Tim..Tim…Tim… What did you do over at EW to get this assignment? Was there not a Yo Gaba Gaba CD that needed promoting. Tim, I’m so sorry!

    • dave

      Hey! Yo Gabba Gabba rocks!

    • mari

      woman, do not insult yo gabba gabba :D

  • skyllz

    I took it upon my self to go to amazon.com and preview the tracks on her cd. This is by far one of the worst CDs i have ever heard. Every song sounds exactly the same, and her voice is just terrible. For her to even think this album compares to Michael Jackson, let alone Britney Spears, Heidi has got some serious issues. No one is going to buy this CD. She needs to get a life and stop being famous for trying to be famous.

    • SLKB

      Wow! That is a hunk of S.

  • Jill

    As good as Thriller? What a laugh! Does she seriously think she has as much talent as MJ did? He didn’t need a machine to make his voice sound good.

    • Nic.

      And the machine doesn’t even make her voice sound good. (I listened to some of the samples on iTunes.)

  • Brian

    “If you look back at the superstars throughout history it used to take that long to put albums together.”

    Elvis made at least one all-original LP per year from 1956-1968 except for 1960.

    The Beatles made two per year from 1963-1965 and a total of twelve in seven years.

    Including Jackson 5 albums, Michael Jackson made FOURTEEN full-lengths from 1969-1975.

    I don’t expect Ms. Montag to know any of this, but it’s still funny to hear.

    • Mike Duquette

      Let’s not forget Prince – since he started putting out records in 1978 he’s done so almost annually (except for 1983 and 2005).

      Basically what I’m getting at is Heidi Montag does not seem to know how the whole music thing works.

      • sarah

        Prince is a legend

  • Doris

    I think she is so clueless that criticizing her is like kicking a puppy. The kindest (and smartest) thing would be to leave her alone forever. She’s married to Spencer; isn’t that punishment enough for one lifetime?

    • TheObserver

      well said Doris

    • K

      It would be, but she chose that, leaving me to think it’s not nearly punishment enough. She likes to play nice in interviews like she can’t control what Pratt does, but she benefits from it all too. I think she’s a lot more manipulative and aware than you give her credit for.

      Sidebar: has there ever been a more aptly descriptive last name than “Pratt” for these two?

    • kct

      I second that!

  • Kevin Bee

    I’m a medical student and I’ve met schizophrenic patients more lucid than this.

    • ani

      I’ve met comatose patients more lucid than this.

      • hahahahahahahhahahaha

        I’ve been to funerals where the corpses were more lucud!

  • tonyaj

    I am still laughing at the comment of this album being as good as Thriller! Maybe she meant that the vocals are scarier than Thriller…I heard a cut from this cd and let me tell you…it sucks! terrible…awful…no, beyond terrible. Heidi, you and Spencer need to grow up.

  • Teresa


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