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)


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)

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.