American Idol Flunkie Reaches No. 34 On Billboard Charts 
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Written by Kate Regan   
Monday, 19 April 2004

American Idol reject, William Hung’s uncanny success is a reminder to consumers of how poorly the music industry is doing finding significant new acts and artists to sign. According to Koch Records, Hung’s label, he has sold 37,676 copies of his debut album “Inspiration” in its first week on the shelves landing it a spot at number 34 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. This is from a performer who couldn’t find a tune with radar.

The University of California Berkley engineering student turned novelty act has enjoyed a large amount of success ever since he decided to belt out a quirky rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” at the audition for Fox’s hit reality show American Idol. His success directly correlates to a harsh reality that music moguls have become acutely atoned to: you don’t need talent to make money in this business anymore and signing novelty acts and boy bands is easier than seeking out actual talent.

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