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Helen asks…

Did Lil Wayne “REALLY” sell 1 million records (of his new CD) in his first week?

Did Lil Wayne really sell 1 million records of his new CD, The Carter 3, in his first week… or is this just another elaborate marketing scheme by the “major” music industry players, ie. Universal Music Group. We all know that record sale numbers are basically projections, provided by SoundScan, based on units pre-ordered by retail outlets and not actual sales by consumers, and with music retail stores closing at a record pace unwarranted pre-orders are highly unlikely. If Lil’ Wayne did indeed sell 1 million in his first week, good for him, but common sense should raise the question… “If international artists like Kanye West, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent weren’t able to sell those numbers with their latest efforts, how was a genre-limited niche artist like Lil’ Wayne able to… he’s never done it before?” I mean he’s selling out the “House of Blues,” not Madison Square Garden. The whole thing sounds like a bunch of orchestrated baloney to me… what say you?

New Niche Finder answers:

Lil wayne sucks he’s really terrible to be honest if hehad it just shows how bad the rap scenes got these days rap was better back when eminem,dr dre, kid rock were on top

and btw thats not really that big an amount IF you remember right back in 2001 limp bizkit’s chocolate starfish album (the one with Rollin on it) sold a million in its first day haha xD

Sandra asks…

Can John Edwards successfully make his case for the nomination? “Once and Always Trial Lawyer”?

Can John Edwards successfully make his case for the nomination? “Once and Always Trial Lawyer”

Francois de La Rochefoucauld had a point when he said, in his frequently quoted formulation, that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. In the case of John Edwards, however, hypocrisy is simply a way of life.

The infamous $400 haircut — actually, some of his hairstyling sessions ran as much as $1,200 all told — wasn’t a freak embarrassment for a candidate so self-righteously devoted to the poor. It was part of a pattern so pervasive that it has become the defining aspect of Edwards’s candidacy.

When he lambasted hedge funds for incorporating offshore to avoid or delay paying U.S. taxes, what could be more natural than that he made nearly $500,000 for part-time work at the Fortress Investment Group, with hedge funds incorporated in the Cayman Islands for tax purposes?

When he hit other candidates for taking donations from Rupert Murdoch’s media holdings, wasn’t it inevitable that it would turn out he had taken $800,000 from Murdoch’s HarperCollins for a coffee-table book?

Or when he attacked subprime lenders for foreclosing on victims of Hurricane Katrina, he would have $16 million — half of his net worth — invested in Fortress while it was foreclosing on a couple dozen homes in New Orleans?

Most of us uphold ideals that we can’t meet, but liberal populism shouldn’t be such an impossible standard. The late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, a liberal populist to his core, never had such embarrassments. The former North Carolina senator is experiencing a kind of toxic shock from his synthetic political persona.

In 2004, John Edwards was Mr. Congeniality, for no other reason than that seemed the market niche for him in the race. Today, he is the angry populist, for no other reason than that seems the market niche for him in the race. He thrived in the Iowa caucuses four years ago as the fresh new thing; this year he looks like a version of Dick Gephardt, the union-pandering populist with the negative campaign.

Edwards’s anger has about all the heft and seriousness of a five-year-old’s tantrum. All candidates fear making a gaffe in one of the debates. Edwards has to worry that Hillary Clinton will blow on him and he’ll float away — like Mary Poppins with her magic umbrella, carried off by the unbearable lightness of his own political being.

If a paranoid theory were needed to explain Edwards’s candidacy, there are two, equally plausible options. Is he a plant from the Democratic National Committee designed to make Clinton and Barack Obama look impressive by contrast with his sheer insubstantiality? Or is he a plant of the Republican National Committee designed to pull the top-tier candidates as far to the left as possible?

On the big issues of the day, Edwards specializes in can’t-keep-his-story-straight contrivance. Democratic consultant Bob Shrum described in his book “No Excuses” how his political advisers talked Edwards into voting for the authorization of the Iraq War in the fall of 2002. Edwards vehemently denies it, but also says that he didn’t express “the huge conflict” he had in his own mind about the vote, which makes it sound like politics played as big a role in his decision as his conscience.

On gay marriage, he said that he opposes it because of his religious background, but then explained that it had been wrong for him to say that. He now offers no real reason for his opposition. Surely, the hindrance is simply that it is the most politically contentious item on the gay-rights agenda.

Edwards says on the campaign trail that he can beat the special interests the way he beat them in the courtroom as a trial lawyer. Back then, how John Edwards lived and his past record didn’t matter, so long as he told the jury what it wanted to hear. Edwards still seems to think he’s in the courtroom, which is why he is so deaf to the jarring incongruities of his lamentable campaign.

New Niche Finder answers:

Wasn’t Fred Thompson a “trial lawyer” also ?

Steven asks…

Is anyone a fan of visual kei?

I’m currently researching visual kei and it’s effect on the music industry as a genre that relies heavily upon stage presence. I am interested in peoples’ opinion on not only the genre as a whole but what drew individuals to the genre in the first place and what holds their interest.
Things to consider:
-what makes visual kei different from every other genre?
-what (in your opinion) are the chances of visual kei reaching outside its country of origin; both commercially and as a spring board for future artists?
-the music of visual kei: is it primary or secondary?
-what (in your opinion) defines visual kei (a specific dress, style, sound, mentality, etc.,)?
-is it just for sensation? or is there a deeper meaning behind it?
-some visual kei artists have changed their looks for a more “mainstream” style, what is your opinion: are they selling out, is visual kei bound by age or popularity, what (in your opinion) causes this change: does it reflect a change in their music style, is it a personal decision or a marketing gimmick, are they seeking a new audience, etc.,?
-do you see visual kei ever “fizzling out”? do you ever see yourself “growing out” of the genre?
-is it alright for vk artists to worry about their looks as much as their music (or is that a stereotype of vk artists)?
-who chooses their image: the artists or their managers?

For a genre that relies so heavily upon its image there are critics who consider this a mask to hide the artists’ otherwise poor quality of music, (in your opinion) does this hold true? Are there exceptions?
Artists throughout history have garnered interest through their looks: boy george, prince, cher; is visual kei simply following a trend? or are they craving out a new niche in music?

I am very interested in hearing from the fans. What is it about visual kei that draws you? What does this genre have that no other does?

New Niche Finder answers:

Visual Kei is pretty much my life… So I have quite a bit to write… lol

-what makes visual kei different from every other genre? — The artists are not afraid to be themselves. So many American bands blend in with each other with both style and sound. Every Visual Kei band is so individual.
-what (in your opinion) are the chances of visual kei reaching outside its country of origin; both commercially and as a spring board for future artists? — Visual Kei currently is gaining popularity outside of Japan. I know many people who listen to it.
-the music of visual kei: is it primary or secondary? — Style is always important in all of show biz, but for most musicians music is the most important. When asked if he would rather be remembered for his style or his music, Mana (VERY famous guitarist/song writer for Malice Mizer and Moi dix Mois and fashion designer) stated that it is a difficult decision but he would have to choose music. Mana actually rarely speaks aloud in public because he believes that music is his voice.
-what (in your opinion) defines visual kei (a specific dress, style, sound, mentality, etc.,)? — Visual Kei varies greatly in dress, style, sound, and mentality. For example, Ayabie is much different then Malice Mizer in all of those. I personally believe expression of yourself in all of those areas defines it. I could express my true self by wearing Hollister jeans, writing rap songs, and going along with what everyone wants me to be.
-is it just for sensation? Or is there a deeper meaning behind it? — As I just said, expression in several intertwined aspects is the meaning.
-some visual kei artists have changed their looks for a more “mainstream” style, what is your opinion: are they selling out, is visual kei bound by age or popularity, what (in your opinion) causes this change: does it reflect a change in their music style, is it a personal decision or a marketing gimmick, are they seeking a new audience, etc.,? — Like all music, Visual Kei is always changing, but it has been around for a long time, since the 80s. AC/DC and Paramore are very different, but that does not mean rock is dying any time soon! So, as with most genres of music, usually the older you are the older the music of that genre you like. They gain and lose fans as much as any style of music. (And plenty of old people love Visual Kei too! It’s not about age.)
-do you see visual kei ever “fizzling out”? Do you ever see yourself “growing out” of the genre? — Haha, oops I pretty much answered this question… But I really don’t think age has anything to do with my musical tastes. I like everything about it and probably always will.
-is it alright for vk artists to worry about their looks as much as their music (or is that a stereotype of vk artists)? — I’ve had training by professionals in Show Biz… Appearance is very important in acting, music, everything… But the most important thing is your talent. (And attitude… No one wants to hire a jerk.)
-who chooses their image: the artists or their managers? — This really depends everywhere in music. But…I’ve researched a little and it seems that most musicians work with stylists to develop their image. I read an interview with fashion designer H. Naoto and he described designing based on what the artists want. These stylists don’t design the same things based on what they like…they design to the individual tastes of the artists. Though, usually bands will coordinate their outfits.

Really, my reason of listening to Visual Kei bands is not image. To be honest, I love much of Visual Kei fashion, but some of it does weird me out. I was actually at first scared off by the images of some of the bands I now love. I started listening to them because I simply love the music itself. I’m open to a lot of styles of music (I listen to country, hip hop, pop, more… but rock is my favourite.) but Visual Kei is special to me… It seems as if they aren’t holding back. They takes risks with their music, unlike many American musicians who often don’t have as much individuality in their sound. Visual Kei artists put chancy elements, such as slightly creepy “piano solos,” into their music…Some people will hate it and some people (like me) will find it fitting to their tastes.

I hope this helps and I wish you the best!

Paul asks…

Need Suggestions?

My wife and I are currently looking to purchase our first home. We have been pre-approved for 220k loan, but we have a mobile home that we can not sell (we had to get a place while we were still young and in college). Since we both want out of this place ASAP she is wanting to use 20 k to pay it off and be done with it, but I think that 20 k would be better off used as more of down payment. So my question is two fold.. do we wait to we sell before buying, or are there other options where can borrow to pay off the mobile and tie in our new mortgage. I doubt there is but that is why I am asking. Also any advice on selling this place. It is in great condition but it seems we have a very niche market. Not a super cheap place, but not a new double wide or whatever they are. Thanks in advance for your help!

New Niche Finder answers:

Lets combine your needs. Keep the mobile home. Rent it for as much as possible. Let your renters pay off the debt. Even if you have to rent for a month. When you go to the bank, you can show, with a properly executed lease, that debit is not a liability. It is an asset. Then go buy a house.

Ken asks…

how much money would you make from setting up a multi platform gaming network?

i’ve allready worked out there is a niche market for this type of thing. I live in a small town, that is not really very big, there’s nothing here really, apart from a cinema, shops, police station, train station, beach, hotels, pubs, banks, sports clubs etc, there’s no where that has a resource for games, this type of thing should be reasonably easy to set up, because you can play games wireless these days. you don’t need to go out to play games at the arcades or amusement parks anymore, when i say gaming. i mean playing top branded games, like assassins creeds, call of duty, fifa 13, nba 2k13 and all the popular games. if this this of thing was set up in small towns, would people be more inclined to play and networking this way, rather than networking on social networking sites. i have got this idea because

1)it’s a hobbie
2)it’s a fun way to chill out
3)entertainment is a way of bringing people together
4)i want to bring friends together and make more new friends
5)i want to earn money through something i enjoy doing
6)i want a job, that’s going to last, since i’ve always liked playing games, this is a viable option
7)there’s just nothing to do locally
8)this may be a way of impacting criminals, because to re educate criminals, you re educate them with doing something fun
9)i want to teach people to play games
10)playing games should a source of entertainment, that everybody enjoys and i want to get people involved.

New Niche Finder answers:

£60-£100

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