WK 2: Have a Nice Day
BOSTON, MA Friday Oct.14.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML Insider: Tunes you into 'screw music', lets you know which debut artist has 25K in diamonds in his mouth, find out who thinks Tom Cruse has 'lost it', and help you not feel 'trapt.'
Have a Nice Day
This week the man and the rock band that epitomized 80's 'big metal hair,' debuts on the FML, with a ninth album. Here comes Bon Jovi. In a recent interview with the London Telegraph, Jon Bon Jovi says he wrote the album during a time of extreme polarization in America. There was a war happening and it was dividing families. After campaigning for John Kerry, Bon Jovi said he was disillusioned when Kerry lost but felt that as a nation we needed to come together. "You can't be a sore loser. Hence the album title Have a Nice Day. In the same interview Bon Jovi also said that Tom Cruise, 'had lost it' following the Katie Holmes romance.
One of the things that distinguish the latest white rapper, Paul Wall, is the twenty-five grand in diamonds and platinum in his mouth. Paul Wall is another hip-hop artist to bring 'screw music' to the mainstream. Screw music is a hybrid of rap and hip-hop that originated at "Screwed Up Records & Tapes," a small store in Texas, and the innovation of DJ Screw. DJ Screw was the Thomas Edison of this music because he had the notion to slow down the vinyl he was playing on his turntable, turning traditional up-tempo tunes into slow and syrupy tracks. It sounds totally odd but incredibly cool, almost as though the juice is fading in your iPod and you're hearing the slow beats of your favorite jam. Along with Paul Wall, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, James Blunt and T-Pain also are making their FML debut.
Someone in Control
The band that's making the most noise this week on the FML are the rowdy schoolyard buddies Trapt. The heavy rock sounds of Trapt saw a 505 percent increase in revenue generating power since last week. Their sophomore album, Someone in Control, makes the labels wise enough to buy Trapt, very 'headstrong.' Two country artists also made some serious revenue gains since last week, O'Ryan with a 102% jump and Lee Ann Womack made 161% more bling.
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