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Jim and Greg kick off the show by announcing the winner of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which Jim describes as American Idol on steroids. Over 125 million people watched Sweden's Loreen take the prize in Baku, Azerbaijan for her track "Euphoria." But it was the Russian Grannies from Buranovo who won people's hearts with their unique party song.

American Idol continues to dominate the pop world, all while it slips a little bit in the television one. Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert has the #1 album this week beating out fellow Idol alum Carrie Underwood. But, this comes after the show aired its lowest rated finale to date. Greg wonders if viewers were underwhelmed by the crowning of another“white guy with a guitar.”Or, are there just too many music contests like The Voice and Duets crowding the airwaves? Does this over-saturation mean that Idol will never produce another Lambert, Underwood, Clarkson or Daughtry? Perhaps. And maybe you say, "Good riddance."

Also in the news, Amanda Palmer just reached a huge milestone in the era of the fan-funded album. Using Kickstarter, the Dresden Dolls singer raised over $1 million for her new album - ten times what she wanted. In return for these donations, Palmer will have to do everything from provide digital downloads to participate in an art sitting. And of course, she'll have to pony up to Uncle Sam as well.

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A few weeks ago, Jim and Greg reported on singer Amanda Palmer's landmark success raising over a million dollars for her new album on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. This week, they talk to Yancey Strickler, one of the founders of Kickstarter. Yancey was working as a rock critic when he and a few friends had the idea for the site. They imagined a modern-day patronage system where fans could help finance new art by pre-paying for projects they liked. The timing couldn‘t have been better for musicians. As the major labels have reigned in investment in new talent, Kickstarter has become an increasingly important source of funding for emerging artists. Since it launched in 2009, Kickstarter has funded more than 25,000 projects, including numerous debut albums. But Yancey is quick to point out that million dollar windfalls like Amanda’s are rare: most successful projects on Kickstarter raise around four thousand dollars.

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