WK 4: Hung Up
Who Struck Gold?
BOSTON, MA Friday Jul.29.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML Insider's got 'Confessions on a Dance Floor: This week, get caught up in the gas of 'what you've been looking for', feel the power of a flaxen beauty, learn who struck gold and why Otter's a testy thing.
Almost a decade after they disappeared from the music scene, The Fugees reunited and opened the recent BET Awards to a elated audience and had everyone on their feet as soon as they hit the stage. The trio of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel each went their separate ways after they disbanded. However, today, we celebrate the debut of (one third of the band) Pras Michel on the FML. Pras drops his second solo album "Win, Loose or Draw" with a very catchy single "Haven't Found." The tune samples the hook from Bono "Still haven't found what I'm looking for," and proves that reinvention and second chapters are a very good thing.
This week Gold Bonuses where distributed to a select group of artists. If you've owned an artist for 4 consecutive weeks, and that artist stays on the eTracks for all 4 weeks, you earn a bonus of ten percent of that artist's weekly revenue for those weeks. The artist that benefited the most, and generated the highest bonus, drum roll please, flaxen beauty Gwen Stefani. The labels with our favorite 'Hollaback Girl' saw an increase of over $2 million in scratch. Other top revenue generating artists with a sweet influx of cash thanks to the gold bonuses were: Coldplay, Green Day, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson.
The NMC recently revealed that The Offspring released a DVD aptly named "The Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection." The two-and-a-half-hour box set includes every Offspring video, and even the rare band-produced clips for "Da Hui" and "Cool To Hate." This week The Offspring saw a 225% increase in revenue, which translates to almost one million bucks to the label who believes in the power of this metal influenced punk band. By the way, a hinny is the offspring of a male horse and female donkey.
Who's that Girl?
The Divine Material Girl, Madonna Louise Ciccone has announced that "Hung Up" is the first single from her new album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. The disc is supposed to drop this fall, although no official word on exactly when. Mariah, Gwen and Faith are all shaking in their Manolo Blahniks, over the expected dance jams on the Madonna's new album. Expect some cat fights on the FML when music's first Diva returns.
Otter's Testy Thing is the label with the most impressive movement this week. Otter breaks into the top ten and proves that the gold bonus makes a big difference. Expect more movement in the upcoming weeks as the FML bestows Platinum and Diamond Bonuses on the artists who are truly worthy.
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