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Governor's Alleged Call Girl Finds Overnight Success

First Ashley Dupree's music career soars, now Hustler offers $1 million to pose.

ByABC News
March 14, 2008, 1:37 PM

March 14, 2008 — -- News of a political scandal, especially one involving sex, moves fast. Ashley Alexandra Dupre might move even faster.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old New Jersey native was identified as the call girl linked in court documents to disgraced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Today, she was a top-selling online music star with a $1 million offer to pose in Hustler Magazine.

Dupre, identified in court papers as Kristen, was an aspiring singer before the Spitzer scandal broke. The speed at which she has parlayed her sudden infamy into music success has stunned some observers.

"I couldn't come up with another example of something happening this fast and out of the blue," said Jessica Letkemann, editor of Billboard.com. "A week ago she wasn't known at all."

"She seems to intuitively know that you strike while you're hot," said Village Voice culture critic Michael Musto. "Ironically, Spitzer is disgraced and had to step down but Kristen could ascend from the same scandal and cash in on it in a big way."

Don D. Buchwald, Dupre's lawyer, did not immediately respond to an ABC News request for an interview with his client.

Two of Dupre's songs -- both in the pop vein -- have topped sales charts on the music-sharing Web site AmieStreet.com. Her music is also available on her MySpace profile, but the page was taken down Thursday after more than 5 million visited her site. By this late this afternoon, her MySpace page was running again. One of her songs is also getting airtime on Z100, a major New York radio station.

"People want to hear Ashley's music. They're interested," said Josh Boltuch, the chief marketing officer and co-founder of Amie Street. "It's good that she's able to get her music out there."

Amie Street allows both aspiring and established artists to upload and sell their music on the site. Songs are originally available to users for free but increase in price as they are downloaded more often. Artists then receive 70 percent of the revenue generated by their song sales.

Boltuch said that Dupre first posted the song "What We Want" in November. The song languished at a price of 9 cents before skyrocketing to 98 cents -- the Amie Street price maximum -- shortly after Dupre was identified.

At 2 a.m. Thursday morning, Dupre posted a second song titled "Move Ya Body." It was, Boltuch said, "the fastest song to ever hit 98 cents of any song previously on the site."