‘She Bangs’ at 20: ‘American Idol’ Alum William Hung Remembers the Ricky Martin Song That Made Him Famous

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‘She Bangs’ at 20: ‘American Idol’ Alum William Hung Remembers the Ricky Martin Song That Made Him Famous
It was the bang heard around the world. On this day 20 years ago, Ricky Martin released “She Bangs,” the first single from his album “Sound Loaded.” Written by Desmond Child, Walter Afanasieff, Robi Draco Rosa and Glenn Monroig, the infectious dance hit peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Martin his second-most successful single behind “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and earning the Puerto Rican star a Grammy nomination in 2001.

The song was an extension of the Latin explosion which arrived on the eve of the millenium but it would return four years later when an impressionable 20-year-old civil engineering student auditioned with “She Bangs” on “American Idol” and truly made it his own. In that one moment, with then-judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson looking on bewildered, William Hung became an instant phenomenon.

Hung asserted his desire to make a living in the music industry, bravely performing
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