WK 3: Mimi is Finally Free
The FML Gets Lifted
BOSTON, MA Saturday Apr.23.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- This week the FML is going to get you! 'Get Lifted' by a legend, please unchain Mimi, find out why Tupac and Harvard are in the same sentence and why the FML is desperate to be in bed with Green Day to win.
'Hey Lambs'a cheerful Mariah Carey exclaims upon visiting her official site. Mariah Carey is proving at 35-years-old she is a force to be reckoned with, as her new CD - The Emancipation of Mimi - reminds us why the voice is back. Sure Carey had some alleged infamous meltdowns, left wacky messages on her web site and starred in the Razzie-award winner Glitter, but until now, she hadn't released her 'spirit'. For those of who have been living under a rock, 'Mimi' is what her closest friends call the Diva. This stiletto wearing, five-octave belting superstar is ready to take on some of the young stars that try to imitate her. This week she begins her climb up the eTracks and the question the labels have to ask themselves is will she topple current FML diva and big $money maker$, Gwen Stefani?
The number one revenue powerhouse in the urban eTracks is our man John Legend.(Do you think he's got self-esteem issues with that pseudonym?) His R&B hip-hop disc 'Get Lifted' is the new sound of soul. Taking a page from pal Alicia Keys diary, he also writes his own music, plays the piano and has some cool Grammy winning friends like Kanye West. West actually produced four sweet tunes on Legend's innovative debut album. And did I forget to mention that said Ms. Keys has invited John to open for her on tour? On the FML urban eTracks, John Legend has the top base revenue, making more green than Usher and 50 Cent, so the handful of labels that bough him, will surely be lifted. Plus it's hard to find any fault with a guy who sings a song to his penis in the single "Number One." I told you he has stellar self-esteem...or a penis obsession.
Scratching the Surface
For Nine Inch Nails' fans, Christmas came early this year! Trent Reznor gave his fans a gift this week, a free song week! Thanks, Trent! "The Hand That Feeds" is an advance single for NINs' upcoming album, With Teeth. The single is currently available from the iTunes Music Store for $.99, but the download makes the song free for Mac users who have GarageBand, a part of Apple's iLife suite. What Reznor encourages you to do is actually change the tempo and mess with his song; he says he has heard a country version of the track as well as an abstract Latin interpretation. C'mon FML, show him what you're made of! FYI Nine Inch Nails is the only debut artist on the FML this week.
Tupac's Continuing Education
Believe it or not, almost every Open League FML label (90%) bought Green Day, which isn't such a bad idea, since they also happen to be the top revenue generator overall this season. Billie Joe Armstrong, the American Idiot, singer looked to a fascinating source of inspiration when planning his band's world domination - rapper Tupac Shakur. Who knew that Tupac and Armstrong came from the same hood? - Oakland, CA. Wonder if Harvard Business School teaches the philosophy of Tupac that worked so well for Green Day. Regardless, we wonder if this season's winning label is tough enough to win without Green Day.
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