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image of Laura KatzWeek 4 is here, and along with gold bonuses come some shifts in the balance of power.

Not surprisingly, Gnarls Barkley was the top bonus earner this week, followed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Coming in strong at #3 on the gold bonus list was our pal Justin Timberlake, whose "FutureLoveSexSounds" album has taken off over the past month. Panic! At The Disco and The Fray complete our top five gold bonus earners.

There's been a ton of movement on the charts this week, which will no doubt make for an interesting FML season. Evanescence's Amy Lee must be doing something right, because fans are going absolutely nutty over the new incarnation of the band. Her stats went up 4600% this week, jumping up 18 places to #2 on CHR, also coming in at #6 on Hot AC, and #10 on Alternative, earning half a mil in bonuses.

Country's Jason Aldean saw a 1700% increase in revenue, leaping from #20 to #3 on the charts. Ludacris' 15 spot hike up the Urban chart secured the M.C. a #3 position on the Urban chart, raising his earnings by 400%. The "Moneymaker" artist also crossed over CHR, landing at #16.

In spite of reports of disappointing album sales, Janet Jackson went up 15 spots to #4 on urban, The Killers' "Sam's Town" shook things up with a 10 position hike to #2 on Alternative, and sweet Carrie Underwood jumped up 9 spaces, landing at #8.

There were no artist debuts this week, but a few old friends made their way back into our lives: The Plain White T's, The Deftones, and The Scissor Sisters have all come back to play.

Our top two Open Leaguers Stevemoose and Fetzmonger are still neck and neck - for the moment they are separated by a mere $455. After that, the standings drop significantly, leaving all the action to the upper ranks.

Don't forget, you have til Monday at noon PT to make any changes to your roster for week 5. This might be time to snag Evanescence, who's demonstrating its potential for total domination, or Justin Timberlake, whose key stats insure that his signing price is only going up in the future. Ludacris is one to watch, as are the Killers.

Bye for now!