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image of Laura KatzWeek 8 is here, and that means platinum bonuses for our FML artists. Justin Timberlake was number 1 on the list with $4,240,000. The Fray earned $3,090,000, putting the "How To Save A Life" band at number 2, and Beyonce Knowles, John Mayer, and Nickelback rounded out this week's top five on the platinum bonus ranks. Total awarded this week? A very respectable $46,630,000.

In our FML Open League standings, Fetzmonger has toppled Stevemoose this week, and $120,000 in average weekly revenue now separates the two players, with Amarpan coming in both 3rd and 4th this week with the Digital Roasters roster.

Now, onto the NMC eTracks - It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride this week, especially when it comes to some of our artists in the alternative genre.

Yes, The Killers takeover of the number 1 spot last week was no fluke: the band is back on top this week with their hit album "Sam's Town," and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are still at number 2 with their single "Snow."

However, The Shins may be giving both bands a run for their money. They scored the number 3 spot after seeing a major boost in the eTracks this week. My Chemical Romance is at number 4, and Muse climbed 3 spots to reach number 5.

Another major mover this week was Beck, who jumped up 10 spots to land at number 7 with his album, "The Information."

Justin Timberlake may not be getting through to troubled pop-star Britney Spears, but he must be doing something right - the artist is now dominating two eTracks, CHR and Urban, after a 7-spot jump on CHR.

John Mayer holds steady to number 2 with his hit "Waiting On The World To Change," and Beyonce Knowles has slipped back to the number three spot with "Irreplaceable."

Nelly Furtado is still keeping fans happy -- the "Maneater" star is at number 4 this week, and My Chemical Romance appears for the second time on our eTracks, here at number 5.

Our top Country acts have some true-blue fans: Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, and Rodney Atkins are still holding on strong to their top three positions, with Jason Michael Carroll and Gary Allan still falling in line just behind at numbers 4 and 5.

Hot AC is being a bit of a copycat with this week's eTracks - The Fray, Justin Timberlake, Nickelback and John Mayer haven't budged since last time around. The Red Hot Chili Peppers slipped in to the number 5 spot, switching places with Snow Patrol.

As mentioned before, Justin Timberlake is still top dog on our Urban eTracks, with Beyonce Knowles and Akon coming in at numbers 2 and 3, respectively. Newcomer Robin Thicke lands at number 4 this week with "Lost Without You," and Pretty Ricky makes it into the top five with the single "On The Hotline" off his album "Late Night Special."

You don't have to spend lots of cash to carry an A-list artist. Check out some of these big bargains: top-ranking Trace Adkins sells for just 1 million, and so do Rodney Atkins, Robin Thicke, Jason Michael Carroll, and Alternative bands The Shins and Muse. Akon and Jason Aldean have an asking price of just 2 million, and you can snag the wildly popular My Chemical Romance for just 3. Don't forget, a bunch of these artists are big on the cross-over, and that means big bucks for your label.

See you week 9!

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