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Week 5: Steady As She Goes
Quiet charts may be sign of new trends
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image of Laura KatzMuch like an unfamiliar pit bull, this week's charts are a bit tricky to read.

While the Alternative chart makes room for new blood with The Killers taking over the #1 spot, and the Deftones shooting up to #5, the CHR, Country, HOT AC and Urban categories have remained relatively still. The question is, are we seeing new trends, or is this the calm before the storm?

Our Urban chart has been especially quiet this week, with Justin Timberlake as reigning champion once again. Beyonce Knowles and Ludacris fall in just behind him, with little movement aside from a few fresh faces like Birdman & Lil' Wayne at #20, Monica at #19, and Lyfe Jennings at #18.

The Fray is still the top dog on Hot AC, but other than some small upward sprints by Evanescence and The Killers, there's been barely any movement at all. The same goes for CHR, with a couple of minor exceptions.

The most stable chart this week was Country. George Strait appeared at #16 with "It Just Comes Natural," but other than that, most artists either retained their position or perhaps moved 1 notch.

We have seen a major debut on Alternative chart this week by U2 & Green Day with "Saints Are Coming." The uber-huge bands are sure to make an equally huge impact in the coming weeks. (+44) is also new to Alternative with "When Your Heart Stops Beating," and the Birdman/Lil' Wayne duet "Like Father Like Son" is fresh on the urban scene.

The Open League competition has kicked into high gear! Only $86 dollars separates our two FML Open League frontrunners, Stevemoose and Fetzmonger! I have an important notice for all you players out there: At the end of 2006, us folks at Fantasy Music League will be releasing special year-end shows! But due to these events, we will not be putting out our e-tracks for the last two weeks of the FML season, so the final week of this FML season will be week 11, not week 13.

To all you indie folks, just remember, it's still early in the season, and prizes only go to the top Open League players, so it's not too late to get yourself in on the action. Register and make any roster changes before Monday at noon, and you're in like Flynn.

Until next time...