Spitzer’s Call Girl Poised For a Singing Career?

Who would have thought that all you had to do to launch a singing career these days was hook up with the governor of New York? I mean, Tila Tequila had to steadily rack up more page views than any other artist on MySpace and host a trashy MTV dating show before people started to take her musical talents "seriously." Not so for "Kristen," a.k.a. Ashley Alexandra Dupr√© (birth name: Ashley Youmans), the former Jersey shore resident and aspiring songstress who recently made "The Luv Gov," well … sing!

After the identity of the 22-year-old (or 32-year-old, by some reports) upscale call girl involved in the prostitution scandal that brought down Eliot Spitzer was revealed on Wednesday night, millions of viewers flocked to her MySpace page, on which she offered a sampling of what The New York Times described as "an amateurish, hip-hop inflected rhythm and blues tune that asks, ‘Can you handle me, boy?’" (Her profile is now defunct.) The Times also reported, on its DealBook blog, that thousands of listeners have flooded the startup music site AmieStreet.com, where two of Ms. Dupre’s tracks are available for purchase.

So is there a burgeoning star in our midst? Billboard asked some top A&R execs to weigh in on Ms. Dupre’s prospects, and here’s what they had to say:

"I think her song is absolutely terrible. If people are interested in signing her, then they shouldn’t be in the music business. It’d be a shame to exploit her talent based on the unacceptable reality that she was involved in. Most importantly, it destroyed multiple families. I don’t think the scandal will help her at all. In fact, I think the public is a bit smarter than we think they are. Even though she’s had over a million hits on her MySpace, I think people are just going there to see her pictures and laugh at her attempt to pursue a music career."

— CHRIS ANOKUTE, Capitol Records Senior A&R Director

"The funny thing about this is that I read the story this morning, about (Dupre) wanting to be a singer, and I thought to myself that I really wanted to reach out to her. I’d be interested in what the music sounds like. I sit around hours and hours every day trying to figure out ways to break new artists. Right now, she has a platform to reach the masses, which is the toughest thing for a new artist to attain. Whether it’s a good platform or a bad one, either way she has it. It all comes down to the music at the end of the day. If the music is good, she’ll be able to get it heard."

— BRIAN BERGEN, Atlantic Records A&R Manager

"As an A&R (person) I wouldn’t be interested in her music solely because of … Spitzer. But people do say any publicity is good publicity and her recent headlines would help get her some exposure. She has a platform; its just a matter of spinning off negative and making it positive. Part of being good (at) A&R is knowing where the talent is, regardless of background. If the music is good, it’s enough for me to keep my ears open and follow the story. Who knows, maybe a year from now she’ll be in a completely different place."

— CONRAD DIMANCHE, A&R consultant for Bad Boy Records.

Spitzer’s Call Girl Poised For a Singing Career?