Dating myspace people
There are, of course, valuable discoveries on the site.To name just a few: Cold War Kids, a blues-rock foursome with 39,000 views; Lex, a wry, Harvard-educated party MC with over 710,000 views; Tigarah, a Japanese rapper who juggles Southern crunk and Brazilian baile funk; and Tapes 'N Tapes, a Minnesota indie-pop group that built its buzz entirely online before a string of hyped gigs at this year's tastemaking South by Southwest festival.The most popular band on My is Fall Out Boy, a clever and pathologically sensitive pop-punk foursome.They have a major label deal, the generous blessing of MTV's video programmers, and a 3-million-selling breakthrough third album.
In these early days of My Space, it's naive to think that the artists who benefit most from the site's buzz will differ markedly from those at the top of the pop charts.
Perhaps the most entertaining anomaly is the page of an aspiring California rapper named Kevin Federline, who has yet to post a love song for his wife, Britney Spears.
But the majority of the site's most-viewed amateurs belong to the same genre as Tequila: Call it skank-pop.
As I write this sentence, Fall Out Boy's profile, where visitors can get band news and listen to singles, has been viewed 9 million times.
But Fall Out Boy's 9 million is peanuts next to Tila Tequila, the most popular artist, period, on My Space.