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Monday, November 08, 2004


Monday miscellany.

Billboard Magazine, which charts the hits, now has a Top 20 "Hot Ringtones" chart -- and not without reason!

The inaugural top ringy-dingy choice goes to ... drumroll ... "My Boo" by Usher and Alicia Keys. It inspired 97,000 purchases last week.

By contrast, the No. 1 legal song download of the week - U2's "Vertigo" - drew 25,000 buyers.

Ringtones are outselling legit song downloads by more than 3 to 1, even though those nagging tones tend to cost almost twice as much ($1.99 versus a buck) and don't give the listener the actual tune, only a rinky-dink imitation... (NYDN)

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History of the Red and Blue...
"If you happen to pull down your VHS copy of NBC's coverage of the 1976 Election.... the Blue States, obviously, belong to then-President Gerald Ford, the Republican. The Red States, naturally, belong to his challenger, Jimmy Carter, the Democrat. Huh?..." (Keith Olbermann)
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Moving to the Red and White...

Pity-inspired Canadians are lining up to marry American liberals to help them immigrate northward, now that the election's over. If you're a progressive American who needs help escaping north of the border (and you're not already married -- bigamy is still illegal in Canada, so far) check it out.