WK 8: In My Own Words
Almost $48 Million in Platinum
BOSTON, MA Friday Feb.24.2006 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML Insider is flush: Meet the singer who turned getting dumped into a hit song, big bucks fall on the artist who describes her music as an "anthemic, quirky mixture of pop and soul," and learn why KT Tunstall thinks every woman should kiss another woman at some point in their lives.
The singer/songwriter Ne-Yo makes his debut this week on our FML. The 23-year old got his name because supposedly he saw music like the Keanu Reeves character Neo saw the Matrix. Ne-Yo already made a name for himself in the music world co-writing Mario's hit eTrack, Let Me Love You and writing lyrics for Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige. Ne-Yo is turning his heartbreak from his girlfriend dumping him into the hot single, So Sick. Ne-Yo is surely one to watch as his debut album In My Own Words drops and he works on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Steppin' Up: Save the Last Dance 2.
This week the FML awarded $47,870,000 in bonus revenue to only 34 artists who have remained on the charts for the past 8 weeks. Labels are flush thanks to top earner Nickelback who brought in over $4 million in a platinum bonus. Many labels are losing out on valuable green because Nickelback is not the most widely held artist in the FML. However, Fall Out Boy takes the honor of the most widely held artist which rocks for many since FOB also brought serious platinum bucks to his lucky labels.
Taking a cue from James Blunt, -- Natasha Bedingfield is the latest hot singer from the UK to cross the pond and continue her hit parade in the US. Natasha Bedingfield saw a 122 percent increase in revenue generation thanks to her music which she described as an "anthemic, quirky mixture of pop and soul." Natasha Bedingfield finds success based primarily on vocal talent and songwriting skill -- a rare gift in these pop-princess-machine-produced times. Her single Unwritten is edgy, blending smart-pop-fusion lyrics and original beat, proving her desire for listeners to "identify with it, be inspired by it and dance to it." FYI, her older brother is pop star Daniel Bedingfield, who had musical success in 2002 with the hit Gotta Get Through This, and If You're Not the One.
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Well, the next big thing is making an FML debut, and she's Scotland's KT Tunstall. We heard her eTrack single Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and we were entranced. Then we learned about her view on kissing other girls and fell in love. KT Tunstall thinks every girl should snog another girl at some point in their lives. "Of course I have kissed a girl - every girl should have kissed a girl!" she recently told a British newspaper. Meanwhile the only other artist making their debut on the FML is the alternative group, She Wants Revenge. I wonder how they feel about snogging...
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