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image of Dean TsouvalasAll hail the Queen as Latifa presides over Sunday night's 47th annual Grammy Awards. Of course most of us are going to be waiting for the first public performance by the Liz Taylor of our generation Mr. & Mrs. JLo. But those walking home with Grammy Gold will indubitably generate some more green for your labels and those going home empty...well you can still dump 'em. Even without a crystal ball we expect Green Day, Kayne West and a posthumous award to Ray Charles to all be handed out. What artist gem do you hold that might change your fortune and reap the FML treasure?

If you're Into Ice Sculptures, Simple Plan is not the Band for You.

Just because their album is titled Still Not Getting Any that doesn't seem to relate to the FML as Simple Plan is the most signed artist this week. Everyone seems to want a piece of this French - Canadian pop punk quintet. And it's no wonder with the hot songs, which told haters to 'Shut Up' and now everyone is "Welcome to (their) My Life"

American Idiot

Green Day's punk opera masterpiece has proven to ring with most of the labels, as they are one of the most widely held artists among all the labels. Unless they flame out or O.D. we expect to see them for a while. And while the three punk men of Green Day have been together for 15 years, U2 has been jamming together for almost double that. Bono and his Irish rocker crew are also incredibly popular labels as they too are most widely held.

Armapan is Da Bestes

The coolest cat holding the number one and six position on the Indie League season rankings is one and the same - Armapan. And these labels are smoking hot. You might as well start calling Armapan the FML's Clive Davis. Everyone in the Open League must be shaking in their boots because if Armapan went pro, both his labels would rank higher than the current leaders by over $5 million.

Sir Mix-a-lot

What's in your CD changer? Let us know what you're listening to and if they are must-haves for your label. If you were to ride co-pilot with us on our commute to work you would be hearing Michael Buble's new disk It's Time, the soundtrack to the HBO movie Lackawanna Blues, and the debut disk Ex-Girlfriends by the Low Millions...

Ex-Girlfriends

The Low Millions are one of this week's hot debut artists. You gotta admire an artist who actually puts the real names of his ex-girlfriends in his songs. In fact Adam Cohen the lead singer of Low Millions has four songs titled after former lovers: "Eleanor," "Julia," "Jane" and "Nikki and titled the debut album Ex-Girlfriends. Cohen comes from musical royalty, as his dad is revered Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, and Renaissance man - Leonard Cohen. And like Cohen the other band members are not new comers. Guitarist Michael Chaves, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and drummer Erik Eldenius are all well accomplished artists and have worked with many platinum-selling pop acts. Plus on tour, they are opening for one of our other favorite bands Bowling for Soup.

What's in a Name?

Although not related to legendary Beatle and Super Bowl performer - Paul McCartney, the 17-year-old Jesse McCartney has accomplished a lot during his teen years. Before releasing current pop hit Beautiful Soul this young singer-songwriter is already a Broadway veteran, a teen heartthrob on the daytime soap All My Children and prime time star on the WB's Summerland. Oh yea, and he can sing. Pretty impressive for a kid who can't even vote.


Dean Tsouvalas is the current writer of the Lycos 50 - the most popular people, places and things users are searching for online and Lycos Manager of Content. Tsouvalas is a former ABC News Television producer of Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer, and on-air talent. You can write Dean at insider@fantasymusicleague.com. We regret that that the volume of email received may preclude a reply.