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Week 1: Three, Two, One, We Have Liftoff
Real Space, Cyberspace and Meet Space
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Welcome to the start of the Summer 2006 season. In the Open League I see a few familiar labels and quite a number of new ones. Looks like many players took advantage of the free play in the Indie League last season to hone their skills before joining the Open League and competing for prizes. Login and view the 'my referrals' page for a custom link to use when inviting your friends or talking about the FML in your blog or podcast. Some players have earned more in referral fees than the price of a label registration, thereby being able to play in the Open League for free.

Real Space
Congratulations to NASA for the successful launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery and docking with the International Space Station. NASA reported that one of today's tasks will be to transfer 7,000 pounds of supplies from the shuttle to the space station. That makes me wonder. How much does 7,000 pounds of supplies weigh in zero gravity?

Cyberspace
Red Hot Chili Peppers is reporting a scam in cyberspace. An unauthorized website has been offering "free tickets" to the 2006 Summer Tour for the completion of a brief survey, which requests personal information including a social security number. The band said they will never ask fans for personal information like a social security number.

Meet Space
30 Seconds To Mars is launching its first-ever headlining tour. They will be performing at 21 events during the next month. Now that's a busy show schedule. For a complete list of tour dates, check out www.thirtysecondstomars.com.

Who got the Money
Top revenue earners this week are Red Hot Chili Peppers with $5.4 million, Nickelback with $4 million, Rascal Flatts with $3.9 million and Gnarls Barkley with $3.7 million. No surprise that Red Hot Chili Peppers is also the most widely held artist. There are a few labels who've selected artists they enjoy, but aren't currently charting. Remember it's not as much about the artists you like as it is about how well the artists are doing on the eTracks.

(Meet space is a term coined to mean to meeting people in a physical location)