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Wk 5: Mario Gets Us in the Mood
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image of Dean TsouvalasLooks like many of our top performing labels have gone to the Warren Buffet School of investing. Hold on to what you like, as they have invested in the long term and captured more than a few gold artists. When an artist goes gold they add 10% to their base winnings. Looking at the top three labels Granada 2: Electric Boogaloo, 8 Track Was and rivers 739, we find that they all have Green Day, U2 and The Killers. It's the same thing with the top three labels on the Indie Side.

What you gotta remember is that you can't always pick the artists you like or listen to otherwise you will end up like my label Konstantine landing at #51. And as much as we want to say pick 'em on how they look in jeans; it's time to think strategic -it isn't always about appearances. Plus there are some awesome prizes at stake.

Big Moves
Although she's all grown up, married and still making music, our LeAnne Rimes seems to lose the twang to her country rhythm. Her current lack of excitement has been felt by many labels as she is one of the most dropped artists this week. Rimes is joined by Kanye West and N.O.R.E. who have also lost staying power. On the flip side labels like SlapShot Records picked up one of the most popular artists this week - Phil Vassar.
Vassar - a quadruple threat piano man who writes, produces, sings and performs may prove unstoppable. In his second album, Shaken Not Stirred, he takes a different direction weaving emotion from the birth of his second daughter to laying down tracks with the band in a smaller, more intimate, studio.

Mario's Muse
Let Me Love You is the first single from Mario's second album, Turning Point. For the past six weeks the single has been number one on the global charts. Currently he is also a brilliant bargain. At his current value of $1 million, Mario is bringing in the 'love' up to $2.76 million. The 18-year-old has successfully crossed over from bubblegum teen pop to more of an adult soul sound, which was his intention. In the song Let Me Love You, Mario tries to put the moves on a lady to woo her away from her lame lover. We expect more search activity with his new single How Could You, where Mario is frustrated by being dumped by his girl.

Dean Tsouvalas is the current writer of the Lycos 50 and Lycos Manager of Content. Tsouvalas is a former ABC News Television producer of Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer, and on-air talent. You can write Dean at insider@fantasymusicleague.com. We regret that that the volume of email received may preclude a reply.