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SNEAK PEEK: Heidi Montag's Album Cover

11/24/2009 at 03:15 PM EST

SNEAK PEEK: Heidi Montag's Album Cover
Heidi Montag
Jordon Nuttall
Reality star, check. Author, check. Up next: pop star?

Following a performance at this summer's Miss Universe pageant, Heidi Montag will take the leap into the recording world – and she's perfectly aware of what the business is about. (Hint: her debut album is titled SUPERFICIAL).

With the album due out Jan. 12, Montag is ready for whatever whirlwind comes her way.

"This cover is a shout out to the '80s," Montag tells PEOPLE. "It makes you remember when you just had to run out to the record store and get your favorite album. You dreamt of those tapes."

Liz Ciganovich, the album's production and art director, said she got the idea for an '80s tribute after seeing Montag's Overdosin' video.

"It reminded me of Olivia Newton John's Let's Get Physical in the '80s," said Ciganovich. "I thought, 'Let's do a shot that says '80s – lets pay homage to the mix tape!' The hunt was on. I believe I purchased every mixed tape in Los Angeles!" has a listen of Montag's new single, Superficial.

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