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image of Dean TsouvalasThis week the FML is off the hook: We meet the next British Invasion, learn about the beef between Miss Piggy and Ashanti, why the FML needs a 'rebirth' regarding La Lopez and what you must to do to win.

The Game is On
Deadeye Records managed by Fetzmonger makes a bold play and captures the top spot in the Spring 2005 Season opener. We get off to a exciting start however, the top 4 labels Deadeye, Rock Star, Rivers739 and Polypam International own 98% of the same artists. The only subtle difference shows up in the country category. So the question is, what's your strategy to win. Do you buy the artists that you listen to, or do you buy the artists that have the staying power and juice to win? Or as it seems in week one, that you are following the pack. Who among you will break out and win because you can create a brilliant balance of country, urban, pop, alternative artists.

Captain Kirk Loves Them
Kasabian is a sensation in the U.K. and now they are attempting to conquer the U.S. and the FML. The alternative band is the only debut artist this week. Kasabian have a strong following including famous folks ranging from William Shatner to Wu Tang Clan. This summer they are on tour with Oasis. The question that you have to ask yourself is if they have the power to replicate their European success. Their cool sound invigorates alternative rock with a funky blend of rock and club beats. They bring a cool $500K in earning power this week.

Fur Hag
Jennifer Lopez proves she is a force to be reckoned. Supposedly Lopez has managed to force a bunch of music mags to remove a PETA ad that condemned her for wearing fur and using it in Sweetface, her high-end clothing line. The reign of La Lopez continues to gain juice as her single conquers the eTracks and she generates over $1.3 million in revenue this week. That is the most green any artist pays out this week and only one label was smart enough to buy 'Jenny from the Block.'

Everyone's Got
The top three most widely held artists this week are Green Day, U2 and Kelly Clarkson. But it is only Green Day that brought a little bling to their label. The other two give you zero, nadda, zip, nothing, a big fat goose egg...catch my drift?

Worth Repeating
Last week's debut artist was 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.

Muppets of Oz
Ashanti is singing on three tracks of the latest Muppet movie - The Muppets Wizard of Oz due out next month. Ashanti also stars in the film as Dorothy Gale, an aspiring singer who works at her Auntie Em's (played by Queen Latifah) Kansas diner. Ashanti may be an up a coming artist worth signing as her latest single is set for some airplay.

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