March 14, 2008 08:00 AM

There’s no such thing as bad publicity? That certainly seems to be the case for Ashley Alexandra Dupré, the 22-year-old at the center of the sex scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

In the days since she was first identified as “Kristen” – the high-priced prostitute allegedly hired by Spitzer for a tryst in the nation’s capital – Dupré’s career as an aspiring singer has skyrocketed.

Since her identity was revealed, Dupré’s MySpace page has had more than 5 million profile views and, as of Friday, her single, “What We Want” was selling for 98 cents on Amie Street (which prices songs based on their popularity). But perhaps her biggest break came Thursday, when Z100 – the most widely listened to radio station in the U.S. – decided to start playing the track.

So how have listeners reacted? “The first time we played it, people hated it,” Z100 DJ JJ Kincaid tells PEOPLE. “Everyone was calling and texting, ‘I can’t believe you’re playing this!’ or ‘She’s horrible.’ ”

When he played the track again, an hour and a half later, Kincaid says the reaction was more positive. “One woman called in and [asked], ‘Who’s that?’ Someone actually thought it was Solange Knowles, [Beyoncé’s sister], and liked it.” When told the real identity of the singer, however, the caller quickly changed her tune. “Then she was like, ‘Oh, I hate it,’ ” Kincaid admitted.

As for his own opinion, the DJ offers mild praise for the wannabe songstress. “Is it the best produced [track]? No. But she has a great voice,” he says, adding that he would give the song “a four” out of 10. “I’m sure if she got with Timbaland or the Neptunes, they could make it hot …. I can hear a little of Xtina in her.”

Record industry execs seem divided on Dupré’s prospects.

“I think her song is absolutely terrible,” Chris Anokute, Capitol Records Senior A&R Director, told Billboard.com. “If people are interested in signing her, then they shouldn’t be in the music business.”

But Atlantic Records’s Brian Bergen admits he’s intrigued. “I read [about Dupré] this morning and … I really wanted to reach out to her,” he told the music Web site. “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.”

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