WK 6: Young for Eternity
Shake Off the Dust...Arise!
BOSTON, MA Saturday Feb.11.2006 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- This week on the FML Insider - Testify: Get down with the latest beat-box, reggae rapping Hasidic Jewish maestro, learn the ultimate secret to being 'young for eternity' and why 'stories for a stranger' may help you beat Fetzmonger.
Hasidic reggae almost sounds like joke. But Matisyahu is no joke; in fact he is one of the artists debuting on the FML this week. Matisyahu, a 26-year-old Hasidic Jew, born Matthew Miller before taking on his Hebrew name, who combines reggae-influenced beats with dancehall grooves and raps about his devout faith. Surprisingly the unique mix of sounds, beats and raps prove to be quite compelling. The success of his first album, Shake off the Dust...Arise!, has proven that Matisyahu can bridge a musical religious gap, as well as move up the eTracks by mixing Rastafarian and Orthodox Judaism to rap. (We kid you not.) Further proving his cross-over power, the rock band, P.O.D., has enlisted the stylistic sounds of Matisyahu on their current hit Testify.
Stories of a Stranger
O.A.R. also known as 'Of a Revolution' has hit the music world hard this time around. Eight years ago they couldn't fill a bar with fans but now they're selling out Madison Square Garden. This quintet of high school friends has rowed into musical triumph. Thanks to the success of their latest disc, Stories of a Stranger, this band continues to grow thanks to internet buzz. This week O.A.R makes their debut on the FML, by sticking to relatively innocent themes in their music like the ditty, Program Director in which they bust on radio stations for not playing songs that the listeners want to hear. And where did they get their revolutionary name? It was the title of a short story, written by the then 16-year old lead singer Marc Roberge.
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Rock & Roll Queen
The Subways are the latest trio from the UK making their debut on the FML. Like other hit makers The Killers and the Kaiser Chiefs, The Subways have already made their TV appearance on The O.C. In what could be the explosive focus of a future VH1 - Behind the Music, frontman Billy Lunn, 21, is engaged to bassist Charlotte Cooper, 19 and his brother Josh, 19, plays drums. With their latest hit Young for Eternity climbing up the eTracks, here's hoping they avoid an intervention by Dr. Phil and make some label tons of cash.
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