WK 1: Harajuku Lovers
BOSTON, MA Friday Jul.8.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML likes women on top: Learn which alt rock band pays tribute to the movie 'Say Anything,' find out which diva rules the FML, why 'Lil Bow Wow changed his name, and get tips to winning the FML.
For 13 straight weeks last season, the men were consistently the top label money makers - 50 Cent, The Killers, and Green Day- but this week as we begin the summer 2005 season, a lady takes top honors. Gwen Stefani proves she is not only a pop-superstar but a rain maker for the labels wise enough to buy the platinum princess. This fall, in another first for Stefani, she's touring solo for the first time. The Harajuku Tour coincides with the launch of her Harajuku Lovers line of products. The Black Eyed Peas will be along for the ride as her opening act. Now the only question the labels need to ask, will Stefani have the staying power for the season?
Let Me Hold You
By the time he turned a mere 18-years-old this spring, teen rap sensation Bow Wow was the youngest musician to open the Grammy Awards. He also entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest solo rapper to hit #1 on the worldwide charts and even starred in the movie "Like Mike." His latest ditty heating up the eTracks, is his hot single Let Me Hold You, featuring Omarion. Shad Gregory Moss, burst on the rap scene as 'Lil Bow Wow has but now has changed his name to the more 'mature' Bow Wow and is dropping his fourth album 'Wanted' this summer. He will promote his disc as part of The Heart Throb Tour. Come this fall expect to see a lot more of Bow Wow. He has another starring role in the movie Roll Bounce, and his own TV sitcom on the WB titled, of course, "Bow." Meanwhile on the FML, Bow Wow generates an impressive 188 percent revenue increase since week.
Remember the 1989, John Cusack film 'Say Anything', when Cusacks character stood outside the cool girls bedroom window, held a boom box over his head and blasted Peter Gabriel's 'In Your Eyes'? (You couldn't do that today, no high school kid even has a boom box but I digress...) Well alternative rockers Hawthorne Heights are re-living the time in their single/new video 'Ohio Is For Lovers' and we couldn't be happier. Hawthorne Heights debuts on the FML this week along with Southern rocker Van Zant.
This week Doosty Records takes a firm lead in the opening week. If you are looking to win cool prizes this season, and you should, check out the free Net Music Countdown Podcast. Get the inside scoop on your favorite artists, a quick look at who's atop the NMC eTracks charts, and who's going for the top prizes on our Fantasy Music League.
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