WK 9: Meet The Girl Next Door
World Wide Suicide
BOSTON, MA Friday Mar.3.2006 /FantasyMusicLeague.com/ -- The FML Insider's off to Hicktown: Meet the girl-next-door with a master's degree in social work, get a free download to the new Eddie Vedder-penned single, World Wide Suicide, and why Country star Jason Aldean's got the digital juice.
Girl Next Door
The only artist making an FML debut this week is Saving Jane. The band consists of guitarist/songwriter Pat Buzzard, singer/songwriter Marti Dodson drummer Dak Goodman, bassist Jeremy Martin, keyboardist Joe Cochran and lead guitarist Mike Unger. It was only a few years ago that all of these musicians were strangers to each other. Marti Dodson, the lead singer, an Ohio State grad with a master's degree in social work, wrote the music for their pop-rock eTrack Girl Next Door. In the hot tune, we hear the tale of the popular girl that every guy wants to date and that every girl wants to be.
Country crooner Jason Aldean's self-titled debut album has quickly generated an explosion of revenue, to the tune of 800 percent, thanks to its first eTrack, Hicktown. The song is a good-ol boy, hell-raising, small-town party song co-written by superstar country duo Big & Rich.
World Wide Suicide
Pearl Jam is back, and sure to dominate the FML in upcoming weeks after they release their eighth studio album. The first eTrack, World Wide Suicide, written by Eddie Vedder will drop next week. However the track will be available for free download only for two days (March 8th & 9th)from the band's official site.
Switch It Up
After you've done your meanest impression of Simon Cowell, from American Idol and signed your artists, you'll have 2 free opportunities throughout the 13-week period to switch your artists. You may do that, when an artist completely drops off the eTracks Charts and is no longer generating any green for you. Whatever the reason, you're given two free opportunities to make adjustments to your Label's Roster. However, you may also purchase additional Artist Switches in the form of five-pack Artist SwitchPacks. Each Artist SwitchPack costs you $10, and allows you to switch out an artists five more times. Now some sweet news... For the Open League Players who purchased a SwitchPack last season and didn't use all five switches, the balance of these switches are available to you in this season.
Last week was the week of the platinum shuffle. Every label in the Open League's top 10 jumped around except for Fetzmonger, who has dominated this season. The cause for all the action is the addition of the Platinum award. For those labels that were brilliant enough to select superstars at the beginning of the season and didn't trade any artist, leaped over those labels that had recently made artist swaps. 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.
Dean Tsouvalas is the current writer of the Lycos 50 - the most popular people, places and things users are searching for online and the East Coast Editor of WIRED. Tsouvalas is a former ABC News Television producer of Prime Time Live and 20/20. Contact Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org