WK 7: Wham! George Michael Walks
What's Old is New
BOSTON, MA Saturday Feb.19.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The 80's are back. That was evident just moments into the opening number of this year's Grammy Awards by a gaggle of artists - Gwen Stefani, The Black Eyed Peas, Los Lonely Boys, Maroon 5 and Franz Ferdinand. Between the mascara of Green Day to the narrow black ties of Franz Ferdinand, and the Billy Idol wannabes - we know Madonna is rejoicing. Meanwhile 80's icon George Michael wants no part of it. This week the mega-superstar said bub-bye to his pop career and now will seek a life away from the spotlight producing and writing. Wonder how long it is, before he has his Cher-like farewell tour?
Fiddler on the Roof
As someone who considers Manhattan my home, Broadway holds a special place in my heart and now gives me a reason to like Gwen Stefani. Up until recently there wasn't a tune from Gwen Stefani or No Doubt that I liked or made me groove. However, with her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby, Stefani steps away from the comfort of the world famous pop band and proves she is a Rich Girl. Thanks to the genius of Dr. Dre, and with a little help from Eve, the song 'Rich Girl' is a revamped, reworked version of If I Were a Rich Man, from Fiddler on the Roof with a totally 80's pop theme and is awesome. The FML also must agree because this week Stefani reigns supreme as the most widely held artist in the league.
Burning rubber in an impressive debut, HOTROD213 own the FML this week. This speed racer must have a crystal ball because with only one week under the hood, his two labels Hotrod Records and Crossfade Label 1 takes the number four and nine spots on the Indie League. In an equally impressive maneuver Let Matt Say That managed by TheElectricReject also debuts at number eight. Think of the prizes they could win if they only joined the Open League. Meanwhile in the open league the top 10 hit-making labels have all been playing for seven weeks and are benefiting from the Warren Buffett philosophy of moneymaking. Hold, hold, and hold. Every label in the open league has at least a minimum of four gold records generating some nice bling.
Gold Means Green
The benefit of holding onto your chart-topping artist is that they potentially will reach Gold. Think gold records. If you believe in an artist enough, and keep them in your stable for four uninterrupted weeks, and that artist stays on the eTracks chart for all four weeks, you earn a bonus of 10% of the artist's weekly revenue for those weeks. And we ain't talking trump change.
Barbie & Ken
Blaine Larsen and Jamie O'Neal are two debut artists this week on the eTracks this week. Jamie O'Neal is a beautiful blonde woman who looks like Baby Spice. Jamie's got hit song Trying to find Atlantis from her new album Brave. The single compares her woes of finding a man, to the difficulties finding 'Atlantis.' Course it's hard to believe she has any trouble with men when you're as gorgeous as O'Neal. Blaine Larsen on the other hand has a resonant deep country voice but doesn't look like he's old enough to shave. Larsen's album Off to Join the World with hit single of the same title, is a nice ditty with a typical country storytelling prose. Neither of these artists feels believable to me but more like attractive rejects from the American Idol school of country music. But in the end it is all about who you dig. If you believe in a debut artist, sign them before Monday noon PDT and go for that debut bonus.
The Marc & J Lo Show
The Grammy Awards was the stage for the first public performance of J. Lo, (just call me Jen) Lopez and Marc Anthony. Years before the launch of the wildly successful Donny and Marie Show, it was the Osmond Brothers who opened the very first nationally televised Grammy Awards in 1971. The brothers sang Everything is Beautiful.
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