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AmieStreet.com takes an initial $5 cut of every song, a charge it says pays for back end costs. After that, musicians receive 70 percent of all proceeds. The site says it offers music as MP3 files with no digital rights management — meaning they can play on any music player — and artists can sell their songs on other sites as well.
AmieStreet.com is also married to a social network: Users are given a limited number of recommendations, which give them credits if a song they have recommended goes up in price.
Ms. Dupré’s first single, “What We Want,” was initially available Wednesday morning for free. Within hours of The Times’s story identifying her role in the Spitzer saga, its price shot up to 98 cents.
On Thursday morning, a second single, “Move ya Body,” went online. As of 11:11 a.m., its price was at 92 cents.
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``Move Ya Body'' has a thumping beat, and begins with the lyrics, ``Move ya hips, come with me tonight, move your body up against mine.''
Dupre gets a 70 percent cut of the sales, Boltuch said in an interview.
If Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler Magazine, has his way, greater riches are in store for Dupre. He said he'll pay her $1 million to pose naked.
``I find it interesting she's an aspiring singer,'' Flynt said in an interview. ``Name recognition is an important thing with entertaining. They need it and need to develop it fast.''
Penthouse also wants her to pose on its Web site, host a video chat or take part in a live Web-cam session, said Marc Bell, chief executive officer of Penthouse Media Group Inc, in an interview.
The New York Post on Friday published pictures of Dupre topless, with her hands covering her breasts.
Newspapers may have violated copyright law by publishing photos of Dupre, her lawyer Don Buchwald, of the firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York, said yesterday in a statement, without naming the Post.
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