Governor's Alleged Call Girl Finds Overnight Success

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"She's going to have book offers, she's going to have possibly a movie deal," Flynt said. "She's got a lot of options -- I just hope she's got someone advising her. This is her chance to make a lot of money if she doesn't blow it."

Both Letkemann and Musto agreed that Dupre's overnight success couldn't have been possible without the immediacy allowed by today's Internet.

"Even though the Internet was certainly strong and existed -- we were in the middle of dot-com bubble 10 years ago -- there wasn't a MySpace, there wasn't a sense of social networking," Letkemann said. "I don't think that we have seen something like this before."

Musto also credited Dupre's, ahem, professional background.

"A prostitute," he said, "knows how to sell herself."

The verdict is still out on whether Dupre will be able to achieve long-term success. Boltuch said that a number of new artists have successfully taken their music from Aime Street to independent record labels. He acknowledged that none have gone the major record label route.

Billboard.com spoke to three record company executives on the issue and their reaction was mixed.

Chris Anokute, a senior director at Capitol Records, called one of Dupre's songs terrible and told Billboard that "if people are interested in signing her, then they shouldn't be in the music business."

But the other two executives said they could see a future for Dupre.

"What the execs were saying she has this huge platform that a lot of new artists trying to break out there would love to have," Letkemann said. "The key here is the public is not stupid. Whether or not she has lasting power or not is all up to whether or not the music can stand up" to public scrutiny.

Musto, for one, said Dupre's music holds some appeal.

"You expect it to be a totally cheesy piece of disposable pop but to me it sounds like no matter who's coming out with it, it could be a potential pop hit," he said.

"If Britney can make it," he said, "why can't Ashley?"

With reports from The Associated Press.

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