WK 2: The Caribbean Cinderella
BOSTON, MA Friday Jul.15.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML 'listens to your heart': Guess who is hanging out at the Playboy Mansion?, let's do the time warp agaaain- because Roxette is back, find out which artist compares her music to a Caribbean dish - callaloo, and finally get a little hustle and flow.
Pon De Replay
In our opinion the song of the summer is Pon De Replay, so it is no surprise that the artist Rihanna is debuting on the FML. This 17-year-old, Barbados-born singer Rihanna is music's latest Cinderella story. Before moving to the US in 2005, Rihanna lived the simple life on her home island. That all changed when a record producer heard the young diva while vacationing in the Caribbean. After winning him over with her sultry sound, Rihanna's star power was recognized by said producer and voila! An artist was born!
Rihanna likes to compare her musical style to one of her favorite Caribbean dishes, callaloo. "It's like a gumbo or a stew," explains Rihanna. "My music is mostly Caribbean beats mixed with R&B. I don't want to be pigeon holed into being just a dance artist because I can sing too. I have ballads on the album as well as upbeat tracks." Rihanna's debut album Music of the Sun rises in August.
Belgian Heart Beats
So I know we just proclaimed Rihanna's tune was the sound of the summer, but did you happen to see me dancing around my desk while listening to the Belgian duo D.H.T.'s dance remake of Listen To Your Heart? Sixteen years ago, Roxette climbed to the top of the music charts with that great tune and now thanks to some funky re-mixing, IT may be my summer love. Well at least that's what I'm telling the folks that sit near me... Other artists debuting on the FML this week: Courtney Jaye, and Dwight Yoakam.
Weezer's hit single 'Beverly Hills', from their new album Make Believe, was shot at the Playboy Mansion where they called in 100 of their biggest fans to Hef's digs. Call it Bunny-love, because this week Weezer is the most signed artist. Unfortunately for these lovable geeks, 50 Cent still cashes in as the most widely held artist, but he should watch his back. Fitty's money generating power has dropped in the past few weeks. Times are changing folks, who is going to see you in the winner's circle?
Hustle & Flow
Ludacris proves to have some serious mojo this week on the FML. Ludacris generates an impressive 310% increase in revenue for the labels that are wise enough to purchase this Atlanta rapper. Luda (a. k. a. Chris Bridges) isn't content with just having a hit album, "The Red Light District." He's also hittin' the big screen with starring roles in this summer's sleeper hit, "Crash," and in the upcoming Sundance hit "Hustle & Flow," playing a southern rapper with an ego the size of Paris Hilton's trust fund.
Dean Tsouvalas is the current writer of the Lycos 50 - the most popular people, places and things users are searching for online and Lycos Director of Content. Tsouvalas is a former ABC News Television producer of Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer. You can write Dean, and tell him what Pon De Replay really means, at firstname.lastname@example.org