Tila Tequila, the first star of MySpace.

Pop, jazz, and classical.
April 11 2006 1:47 PM

Tila Tequila for President

The bikini-clad singer who rules the musical democracy of MySpace.

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For all their online notoriety, Tila Tequila, Kaila, and Jeffree Star have sold exactly zero CDs. Can MySpace-grown, unsigned artists translate their page views into significant real-world sales? A hint will come when MySpace Records, the site's boutique label, releases the debut album from Hollywood Undead, who were signed last year on the strength of their MySpace following. And maybe the question is a bit academic. After all, MySpace is changing the nature of musical stardom, turning it, however slightly, away from the real and toward the virtual. Tequila might well regard her burgeoning empire and say to herself: "Who needs record stores? I've got the Internet."

Jonah Weiner is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.

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