WK 7: I Gotta Make It
It's the Shorts, not the Boots
BOSTON, MA Saturday Aug.20.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML Insider's got your back: Check out the latest teen diva catfight, guess who had the worst week ever, meet the Prince of Virginia and find out which debut artist will make you feel warm and tingly.
Vegas on Line 1
Jessica Simpson is a uber media mogul. This week the singer/reality star/beauty/fashion designer/actress generated a 400 percent boost in revenue for her labels. Following the success of her Dukes of Hazzard film debut wearing those infamous short-shorts, and her sweet update on the Nancy Sinatra classic These Boots Were Made For Walkin, everyone wants a piece of her. (Course you can only do that legally with the FML, but I digress...) The swanky Vegas Palms Resort and Casino has offered Simpson a gig. The 25-year-old Mrs. Nick Lachey however, is not planning on going the Celine Dion route, at least not yet.
Eminem is having a really bad week. On Tuesday he canceled the European leg of the Anger Management 3 Tour due to "exhaustion" and "other medical issues." The day after canceling the tour yet another member of his dysfunctional family, this time his aunt and uncle, filed a lawsuit against 'Slim Shady.' The suit seeks money (of course) and a home that their nephew allegedly said he would give them. Finally according to his label, Eminem has been hospitalized for a dependency on sleep medication. The FML players that have Marshall Mathers aren't making any cash this week but you know what they say about no bad publicity.
Two complete opposite 17-year-old divas make their simultaneous debut on the FML this week. Tennessee native, Hope Partlow is the latest 'incubator' artist from Radio Disney who sings about the drama around 'what to wear to school.' Her current single making a dent in the eTracks - "Who We Are." Parlow is scheduled to open a bunch of U.S. dates on pop-wonder boy Jesse McCartney's current summer tour. Meanwhile Detroit native, Teairra Mari has been crowned the Princess of the Roc, thanks to her hit single Make Her Feel Good. Mari gets her groove on, telling guys that they have to earn her respect, not shower her with bling.
Trey Songz, a.k.a. the Prince of Virginia, also makes his FML debut. The crooner who aims to sing R&B with street credibility drops his debut album I Gotta Make It. Trey Songz hits the concert route as he embarks on the Historic Black Colleges and Universities "Back to School" tour. The 22-campus tour will give students at each university the exclusive opportunity to attend Songz's concerts for free. The final debut act, Rise Against also sings with a message. Currently the hardcore punk band tries to encourage kids to get involved with positive activities and even check out good books. Following the success of the disc Siren Song of the Counter-Culture, the band is having renewed interest with their single Nervous Breakdown from the Lords of Dogtown soundtrack.
Blondes really do have more fun
Next week is this week we can bask in Platinum status. If you've been wise enough to own an artist for eight consecutive weeks, and that artist stays on the eTrack charts for all 8 weeks, you earn another bonus of 10% of the artist's weekly revenue for those weeks. Don't forget the top 20 labels win big.
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. Write Dean, if you know which debut artist sings the theme song to the Fran Drescher WB sitcom, at firstname.lastname@example.org