They Might Be Giants, Phish Named Top Sellers Of MP3 Files

The men of They Might Be Giants have proven once again that they know how to reach out to their fans.

TMBG has just topped the 1999 list of worldwide sales of legal MP3 songs by Emusic.com, one of the few sites that offers such files for sale.

The duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, who have also used a "Dial-A-Song" phone service to get TMBG's music to listeners, sold more MP3 files in 1999 than Phish, who was number two on the Emusic.com list.

The Goo Goo Dolls landed at number three on the year-end MP3 chart, followed by various electronica artists, including Brian Eno, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, and The Crystal Method, who were featured on Hypnotic Records' compilation albums.

Sci-fi and cinema fans downloaded enough MP3s from the soundtracks to the "Star Trek" films for those albums to collectively chart at number five, followed by the British post-grunge act Bush.

Fuelled by tracks from the likes of The Offspring, Rancid, Pennywise,

and NOFX, Epitaph Records' "Punk-O-Rama" collections slam-danced their way to number seven on the Emusic.com charts.

Even though they have nothing to do with singer-songwriters Jewel and Paula Cole, the various blues, soul, and gospel compilations from the Jewel and Paula labels were popular enough to land at number eight.

Rounding out Emusic.com's top-ten list of MP3s sold in 1999 were the Boston ska-sters The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, followed former Pixies frontman Frank Black and his new band, The Catholics.

In addition to its MP3 success, They Might Be Giants also composed the theme song to the new Fox TV series "Malcolm In The Middle."

-- David Basham

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