WK 6: Hillbillies Love it in the Hay
Everything is Everything
BOSTON, MA Saturday Aug.13.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- This week the FML Insider is sweet as Apple Pie: Find out who is 'getting lifted', learn when actor Jared Leto is off to Mars, why Hillbillies love it in the hay, and how a shout out to your friends can make you green.
Hot Apple Pie
The ingredients for a debut artist on the FML won't be found in a Martha Stewart cookbook. This Hot Apple Pie is a unique blend of musical charisma that includes accomplished musicians who have found a distinctive take on country music. The honky-tonk band Hot Apple Pie is made up of hit singer-songwriter Brady Seals, blended with a dash of Mark "Sparky" Matejka, a hint of Keith Horne and a pinch of Trey Landry. The hit single Hillbillies (Love it in the Hay) that is smokin' up the eTracks is infinitely catchy, the rhythms infectious and the chords rock.
A Beautiful Lie
Like Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Juliette Lewis and David Hasselhoff (I had to throw Hasselhoff in...) have tried in the past; Jared Leto is the latest celebrity turned singer. Leto's band 30 Seconds To Mars drop their sophomore disc, "A Beautiful Lie," at the end of this month. However the buzz around the first single "Attack" is strong enough to launch them into the FML for the fist time. Along with 30STM, is one of 50 Cent's posse, Tony Yayo who also debuts in our league. And in case you are wondering Yayo is Spanish slang for cocaine.
Everything is Everything
The child prodigy John Legend started playing piano by five and went to college by 16 years old. Not even out of his teens, Legend was chosen to play piano on Lauryn Hill's hit single "Everything Is Everything" in 1998. 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. On the FML this week, John Legend got lifted 700% in revenue generation for the labels with an interest in this neo-soul maestro. Plus it's hard to find any fault with a guy who sings a song to his penis in the single "Number One."
You Got a Friend?
You can earn cash by inviting your 'peeps' to play the Fantasy Music League. In classic networking fashion you earn bling in two ways: by referring people, and when your referrals, in turn, refer people. The only requirement is that you and your referrals all register a label to play in the Open League. So, once you register, for each Open League label created by one of your direct referrals, you'll earn 200 points. In addition, you'll earn 100 points for each Open League label created by your indirect referrals. The FML pays you $25 for each 2,500 points you've earned at the end of each season. If you haven't earned 2,500 points at the end of the season, don't worry - your points carry over to the next season.
Big & Rich are one of the biggest duos to hit country music also happen to be one of the most widely held artists on the FML. Sure construction-company-owner-turned-rocker Big Kenny and Lonestar reject, John Rich are amazing but they haven't generated any money for their labels this week. The other most widely held country artist is the incredible Faith Hill who just dropped her new disc Fireflies. The first single, "Mississippi Girl," is a biographical song written by her pal John Rich (from the just mentioned Big & Rich.) Unlike B&R, Faith Hill has earned over 2 million in base revenue for her labels. Will Faith Hill dominate the country charts in the coming weeks or will Big & Rich return for a huge finish?
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 ever happened to Justin Gaurini, at firstname.lastname@example.org