WK 10 Movin' On Up & 3 Doors Down
50 Cent Kisses & Makes Up
BOSTON, MA Saturday Mar.12.2005 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- This week 3 Doors Down made some labels very happy, generating $3.5 million in revenue since last week. Their hot new album Seventeen Days is the third studio album since 2002's multi-platinum Away from The Sun. Now riding on all this success of the album 3 Doors boys were surprised when drummer Daniel Adair abruptly quit. Adair had been with the band for the past several years and unexpectedly left to join the band Nickelback. Greg Upchurch, the former drummer for Puddle Of Mudd, has since replaced Adair.
Gwen Stefani takes top honors as the most widely held artist this week. The gorgeous fashionista has it all, from an cameo in the award winning 'The Aviator', to her solo album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby, to her marriage to British rocker Gavin Rossdale. (Not to mention the favor of the FML) So we can't wait to see the new video for her next single "Hollaback Girl". The song samples beats from Queen's "We Will Rock You" and then lyrically mentions another Queen ditty "Another One Bites the Dust"
Kiss & Tell
50 Cent and his former protege The Game are making peace. 50 Cent said in a statement "Game and I need to set an example in the community." 50 is riding high from an incredible week following the release of his second hit album "The Massacre." The two who have each created non-profit groups, will donate to the Harlem Boys Choir and Compton Unified School District Music Program. Last week a member of Game's posse was wounded in a shooting outside a NY hip-hop radio station following 50's news that the Game was booted from G-Unit.
The Race is On
Anyone else notice how close the top three labels are in the Open League? Everyone is still holding steady on the top 10 spots. Granada 2: Electric Boogaloo, Rivers739 and 8 Track Wax are each just a few dollars apart in the top spots. We expect surprises in a few weeks when the Diamond Bonuses are awarded. The big question everyone must be asking is: Do you keep a low earning artist hoping they get the diamond bonus or trade them for this week's hot artist? Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but if you've owned an artist for all 13 weeks, and that artist stays on the eTracks charts that whole time, you earn another bonus. And that payout is big, you get 10% of the artist's weekly revenue for all 13 weeks. Don't forget the top 20 ranked labels win prizes. It is still anyone's game.
Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter was charged with drunken driving this week. It was also recently announced that the Backstreet Boys, were embarking on a 13-city concert tour.
Labels with country stars Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss didn't see much revenue this week even though they were christened with 'silver spoons.' Let us explain, former child star Rick Schroder, got an Academy of Country Music Award nomination for directing Paisley's "Whiskey Lullaby" featuring Krauss. Who knew Ricky was directing music videos?
Remember if you don't spend all $70 million to sign your artists, any remaining funds will sit in your budget, pending your next switch. Also this remainder will be used as a possible tiebreaker. So know your artist before you switch because if two Labels make exactly the same amount of revenue at the end of a game, the win will go to the Label with the most unused cash, proving you are the true master with the more efficient use of resources.
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