William Hung Idol-ized With Record Deal, Remixes

Album by lovable 'American Idol' loser hits stores next month.

Following the lead of Howard Dean and his infamous “scream,”
William Hung is the latest unlikely icon to get mashed up by burgeoning
remixers.

The “American Idol” reject has become a cult figure for his laughably
bad — but extremely earnest — version of Ricky Martin’s
“She Bangs,” the song he performed on the show before getting dissed by
judge Simon Cowell. Now, Hung’s vocals from that song have been chopped
and mixed with a number of different beats and circulated online.

One track gets crunk with it, slowing Hung’s vocals to fit the Southern
bounce vibe of the Lil Jon-produced Usher single, “Yeah.” Another
quickens the tempo and turns “She Bangs” into an upbeat pop ditty,
courtesy of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” instrumental. There are techno
versions, rock remixes and a bhangra reworking. One even weds Hung’s
voice with the rhythms of Michael Jackson’s classic “Billie Jean.”

Most of these mash-ups are circulating as MP3s on the Web, with some
getting actual radio play on stations such as San Francisco’s Live 105
or Philadelphia’s Q102. Some can be found on the official William Hung
Web site
.

Whether fans are laughing with him or at him, Hung is chuckling all the
way to the bank. The UC Berkeley engineering student has signed a deal
with Koch Records to release his debut album, True Idol. It
bangs its way into stores on April 6.