WK 4: Dirty Little Secret
Popping My Collar
BOSTON, MA Friday Jan.27.2006 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML Insider is Smokin': Learn who is calling the Fireman, which raw rappers make their FML debut, who has a dirty little secret and why it's raining gold.
This week some of you are seeing a Gold Record next to your artists. This week the FML awarded $37,190,000 in bonus revenue to 59 artists who have remained on the charts for the past 4 weeks. If you hold onto your artists and they stay on the eTrack charts for four weeks in a row you not only get a cool gold graphic but it will generate an additional 10 percent in artist revenues for ALL 4 weeks. Most of the folks in the Open League are feeling more reluctant to drop an artist now that they have attained gold. Some of the artists that are bringing in serious bling, for labels this week are Nickelback, Fall Out Boy, The Black Eyed Peas and Madonna.
This week we see the revenue power of urban hip-hop artist Lil' Wayne. Six years after his first album Tha Block is Hot, Lil' Wayne's new single, "Fireman," has literally caught fire on the urban eTracks. The hit single is off his highly-anticipated fifth album, 'tha Carter II.' It has been a tumultuous couple of months for Lil' Wayne as his family is from the now-devastated 17th ward of New Orleans and he has been a big part of the relief effort. According to Wayne, getting back to business is a bit of a respite from his ongoing work to help alleviate the suffering experienced by friends and loved ones victimized by Hurricane Katrina. He purposely shot his video for "Fireman" in both New Orleans and Houston, where many of the displaced survivors of Katrina have relocated. "It's been a very tough month," says Lil' Wayne. "I put everything I had into this song, and now the video, hopefully as an inspiration to everyone who wants to see New Orleans come back bigger and badder than ever." This week Lil' Wayne saw an increase of 280 percent in revenue generation since last week.
The only FML debuting artist this week is the controversial hip-hop ensemble Three 6 Mafia. Creating a cult-like following since their humble beginnings selling mix tapes down South they have proven to be a commercial musical dynasty. The six core members Crunchy Black, Gangsta Boo, Lord Infamous, Koopsta Knicca, Juicy J and DJ Paul - give the group their dark image vividly rapping about drug use, violence, sex and anything remotely evil. Their current hit eTrack crunk-rap single, Poppin' My Collar, sings of making money, which may be your case if you buy Three 6 Mafia.
Dirty Little Secret
The All-American Rejects, a straightforward guitar rock group may be the season's hit secret. Aided by their latest hit eTrack, Dirty Little Secret, The All-American Rejects found an increase of 760 percent in revenue generation since last week. However, that being said, we couldn't find a single label that actually bought this power pop quartet. Sucks to be you.
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 and 20/20. Write Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org