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image of Dean TsouvalasAs always the FML is full of surprises: After 13 weeks the winner is revealed, we discuss strategies to win next Season, head into outer space with the Mars Volta and let you in on the offer that's too good to refuse.


Where's Vanna White?
And the winner is....Rivers739. Rivers has bragging rights as the champion of the Winter 2005 Season. He is the Clive Davis of the FML. To the victor go the spoils, and in this case, it's a cool five hundred bucks coming to GLP Records. Spend it on a spa vacation; more downloads of your favorite winning artists...whatever you want! And that's not all...he also picks up a sweet iPod and scores of tracks. But don't be sad if you didn't land in the number one spot because the top 20 labels each get some bling. There were some serious battles making it into the bottom 10 so congratulations on some savvy moves.

Now What?
The Spring 2005 season begins Monday, April 4th. Once again the big news is, drum roll please it only costs $10 bucks to get in the game. (That's less than a couple of Carmel Macchiatos). Do it now, because the deadline for finalizing your switches (and paying your registration fees) is noon PST on Monday April 4th. Really crazy cats, this offer is too good to refuse. Not to mention we make it easy for you to keep going. Once you pay the Commissioner you automatically get put into the Spring season. No heavy lifting, nothing. The FML has got your back.

Lessons Learned
What we now know is that you can't always pick the artists you like or listen to otherwise you will end up like Death Row Records' founder Marion 'Suge' Knight. 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. Perfect examples are 50 Cent and The Killers. Both artists were top revenue generators week after week yet almost no one bought them. The only label that had them both was Rivers739. And just holding onto hot artists in hopes that they turn diamond doesn't work either. The second-place label (also with a great name) Granada 2: Electric Boogaloo had more diamonds than our winner.

Tips for Spring
Debut artist this week is the Mars Volta whose new album Frances the Mute is receiving kickin' reviews. This album marks The Mars Volta's first outing without band mate Jeremy Ward who died of an apparent drug overdose in 2003. According to the band founders Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the material is based on entries in a diary that Ward once found. The diary told of the author being adopted and looking for his real parents. The titles of each track are named after folks in the diary.

Dean Tsouvalas is the current writer of the Lycos 50 - the most popular people, places and things users are searching for online 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