You know it's a nasty trend when Paris Hilton started it.
Then, there was Ali Lohan, Lindsay's little sister who stole the spotlight from the floundering star for a hot minute with her mom, Dina. The list goes on -- including a terrible cover of "Papa Don't Preach" from Kelly Osbourne -- but, by now, it's expected.
Reality stars delude themselves into believing they're musicially gifted; and, since they already enjoy making asses of themselves on television, why not the recording studio, too?
Here are four offerings from America's finest reality-TV stars who probably made more money that you did in a year.
Kim Kardashian, "Jam (Turn It Up)"
Please. Don't turn it up.
The song was actually produced by The-Dream, whose writing and production work for other artists includes Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine," and Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body." Ah, well, you know what they say: Money can't buy taste (or talent, for that matter).
The Situation - The Situation Rap
Okay, this might hurt a little: this one isn't that bad. Comparatively speaking, of course.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino obviously knows that he's a tan, gelled, skeezy joke, and that's exactly why this song works, from the auto-tuned vocals to the awful rhymes. (Apparently, Mike was wearing "85 dollar cologne" and didn't come to this bar to "get drunk alone.") In the scheme of mic-ing one's 15 minutes of fame, you could do worse.
Kim Zolciak, "Don't Be Tardy for the Party"
Real Housewives of Atlanta frequently made fun of the fact that the wig-donning Kim couldn't sing worth a damn. Fortunately, this is one of those songs where your best friend's parrot could sing on the track, and it would probably sound like a million bucks. (In fact, according to the Housewives' Reunion Part 2, the track made $100,000 from a release on iTunes.) We can dread -- er, expect -- an album from Kim later this year.
Heidi Montag, Superficial
Do you remember Heidi Montag's album? We don't, either. Apparently the star literally spent a fortune on her singing career. (She said it cost $2 million to produce her debut album, Superficial.) Just because the album is named after the album's appeal -- oops! -- doesn't mean that it didn't net a couple of dozen G's toward paying off the effort that went into it, though.