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image of David LawrenceAs we dive into the first week of 05 Winter Open, it's clear that Green Day is the Alternative bargain of the year - and that Tears for Fears has a few label execs crying. Here's how the leading labels stack up.

Looking at the top three labels for the week, 8 Track Wax, Granada 2: Electric Boogaloo and rivers739, each of them have Green Day as one of their Alternative artists. At $10,000,000 current value, the American Idiots are a bargain at $15,000,000 less than the most expensive and often less productive artists whose price is high due to excellent past performance.

Twofer Tuesdays

Green Day is producing even more because they are not only at #1 on the Alternative eTracks charts, but they are at #9 on the Hot AC eTracks. That means a total of $3.2 mill base income for the labels that have signed them, and every indication that Week 4 will have the band going gold for some of you, adding 10% to their base winnings. Check out the scoring rules if that's a surprise to you.

On the other end of the Label Exec satisfaction spectrum is Tears for Fears, whose on-and-off the charts performance has been less than stellar. Sorely disappointing those of you who thought that their aptly named Call Me Mellow would drag the baby-boomers along with new fans who think they are a new band along for the ride, their train ride has been a clunky one.

LeBon is Back

It doesn't appear that T4F will enjoy the surprising success of Duran Duran, whose Reach Up for the Sunrise (off the new Astronaut album) hearkens back to their smashes Hungry Like the Wolf and Girls on Film with a trippy, driving pop-synth tune that has more than a few fans screaming at their reunion tour dates.

(For those of you who have never heard of those Duran Duran tracks, have your grandparents break out the record player and pop on the 12" dance single of them.)

What is clear is that to win in the Fantasy Music League, you have to cleverly sign artists that have legs, do your research on what's being released, get a feel for the way the Internet jumps on and jumps off of various cuts, and get ready to either stick with an artist when you see zeroes in the revenue columns of your Rosters, or make liberal use of Artist Switches. There seems to be some changes in the offing if our leaders want to remain there for the rest of the season.

Tell Me Your Roster Story

I'd love to know what made you decide on the artists you have on your label's roster. Jot down your 10 artists, give me a sentence or two on why you picked them, and drop me an email with that info at david@fantasymusicleague.com. I just might use it in a future Insider.

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