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image of Dean TsouvalasLife ain't so peachy if you own Korn. This week, it was announced on their official site, "Korn has parted ways with guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who has chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end. Korn respects Brian's wishes and hopes he finds the happiness he is searching for." Welch downplayed the statement in a recent interview saying it was just another step on his path of self-discovery. Instead he focused his decision on the fact that he is a single dad with a 6-year-old daughter and life on the road wasn't a way to raise a child. Brian Welch was one of the founding members of the heavy-metal band along with guitarist James Shaffer, bassist Reginald Arvizu, drummer David Silveria and lead singer Jonathan Davis. The band has sold 11 million albums in the U.S. For those of you with Korn in your label, it might be time to let them go, but then again WWJD?

Do the Electric Slide
Open League ruler and Electric Boogaloo owner, John, is 'break dancing' right up the charts landing at number one this week in the League. Five of his artists Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Destiny's Child, U2, and Usher have hit Platinum level. Not to mention they are some of the largest revenue generating artists in the league. This player only has three artists not gold or platinum. The only category where John's artists are not bringing in some serious cash are from the country charts. Maybe I should rent Break Dancin' 2 - Electric Boogaloo this weekend to see if it can bring me similar success as our Open League ruler.

Country Blues
A lot of folks seem challenged by the country charts. This week if you took a gamble with Darryl Worley or Blake Shelton you would be packing your bags for a vacation to Dollywood because they were the two top earners in the country charts. Sugarland and country crossover sensation Shania Twain are also valued pretty high.

Platinum is all the Rage
As this is our eighth week of the Fantasy Music League, it is this week we can bask in Platinum status. If you've been wise enough to own an artist for eight consecutive weeks, and that artist stays on the eTracks charts for all 8 weeks, you earn another bonus of 10% of the artist's weekly revenue for those weeks. There are 29 artists who have reached platinum status ranging from Bowling For Soup to Usher. The leaders of the pack in the Open League seem to be wise to that strategy. In fact all the top labels are one week closer to winning some fabulous prizes and the ultimate honor of being the 'Clive Davis' of the FML.

Foxxy Cleopatra
Beyonce might be getting precipitously close to overexposure at this year's Academy Awards because she will perform three of the five tunes nominated for best original song. This can't hurt Destiny's Child ranking, as they are one of the top-earning artists this week. One song Beyonce is going to perform has British actress-turned-singer, Minnie Driver, "inconsolable" according to celebrity rags, after she learned she was being replaced in favor of Ms. Bootylicious. Allegedly, Driver was tapped to sing the Andrew Lloyd Webber ballad "Learn to Be Lonely" from The Phantom of the Opera, since she sang it in the film. It is nominated for best song.

No Juice
For those of you who have some of the widely held artists that aren't making any green this week, you must have to consider giving them the boot. Phil Vassar, Dave Matthews, Josh Groban, Ashanti and Kanye West are in the top 20 most widely held artists for the week. If you have any of them, they only hurt your label. As much as we have enjoyed listening to Kenny Chesney's latest album of Caribbean inspired music, it might be time to part ways.

Lessons from Paris
Just days after every celebrity from Lindsay Lohan to Eminem had to change their phone number because Paris Hilton had her T-Moble Sidekick hacked; the crooks have supposedly struck again. This time they hacked into Fred Durst videophone. Turns out the heavily tattooed singer of Limp Bizkit likes to keep a copy of his sexual proclivities on his phone. I mean who doesn't. So it didn't take very long before the 3-minute sexcapade video became the webs latest hot topic and will hopefully add some juice to the band's image, as we wait for their follow-up album to Results May Vary.

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.