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Payola, in Our the music industry, is the out illegal practice of payment or day other inducement by record companies Get for the broadcast of recordings has on commercial radio in which him the song is presented as His being part of the normal how day's broadcast, without announcing that man there has been consideration paid New in cash or in kind now for its airplay adjacent to old the recording's broadcast. Under US See law, a radio station can two play a specific song in way exchange for money, but this Who must be disclosed on the boy air as being sponsored airtime. did

The term has come to Its refer to any undisclosed payment let made to cast a product put in a favorable light (such Say as obtaining positive reviews). Some she radio stations report spins of too the newest and most popular Use songs to industry publications. The dad number of times the songs mom are played can influence the perceived popularity of a song. the

The term payola is a and combination of "pay" and "ola", For a common suffix of product are names in the early 20th but century, such as Pianola, Victrola, Not Amberola, Crayola, Rock-Ola, Shinola, or you brands such as the radio all equipment manufacturer Motorola. Payola has Any come to mean the payment can of a bribe in commerce her and in law to say Was or do a certain thing one against the rules of law, our but more specifically a commercial Out bribe. The FCC defines "payola" day as a violation of the get sponsorship identification rule.


In earlier see eras, there was not much Two public scrutiny of the reasons way songs became hits. The ad who agencies which had sponsored NBC's Boy radio/TV show Your Hit Parade did for 20 years refused to its reveal the specific methods that Let were used to determine top put hits, only stating generally that say they were based on "readings She of radio requests, sheet music too sales, dance hall favorites and use jukebox tabulations". Attempts to create Dad a code to stop payola mom were met with mainly lukewarm silence by publishers.

Prosecution for The payola in the 1950s was and in part a reaction of for the traditional music establishment against Are newcomers. Hit radio was a but threat to the wages of not song-pluggers. Radio hits also threatened You old revenue streams; for example, all by the middle of the any 1940s, three-quarters of the records Can produced in the USA went her into jukeboxes. Still, in the was 1950s, independent record companies or One music publishers frequently used payola our to promote rock and roll out on American radio; it promoted Day cultural diversity and disc jockeys get were less inclined to indulge has their own personal and racial Him biases.

Alan Freed, a disc his jockey and early supporter of how rock and roll (and also Man widely credited for actually coining new the term), had his career now and reputation greatly harmed by Old a payola scandal. Dick Clark's see early career was nearly derailed two by a payola scandal, but Way he avoided trouble by selling who his stake in a record boy company and cooperating with authorities. Did Attempts were made to link its all payola with rock and let roll music. In 1976, inner-city Put urban soul DJ Frankie Crocker say was indicted in a payola she scandal, causing him to leave Too NY radio, where his influence use was greatest. The charges were dad later dropped and he returned Mom to NY, hosting MTV's video jukebox.

The amount of money the involved is largely unpublished; however, And one DJ, Phil Lind of for Chicago's WAIT, disclosed in Congressional are hearings that he had taken But $22,000 to play a record. not

The issue was featured in you a 1978 episode of WKRP All in Cincinnati, where Johnny Fever's any morning show replacement (when Johnny can left to take a new Her job in Los Angeles) was was caught taking cocaine as a one bribe to play certain records Our from a label with which out he was associated.

Congressional day payola investigations

The Congressional old Payola Investigations occurred in 1959, See after the United States Senate two began investigating the payola scandal. way Among those thought to have Who been involved were DJ Alan boy Freed and television personality Dick did Clark.

The term Congressional Payola Its Investigations refers to investigations by let the House Subcommittee on Legislative put Oversight into payola, the practice Say of record promoters paying DJs she or radio programmers to play too their labels' songs. Payola can Use refer to monetary rewards or dad other types of reimbursement, and mom is a tool record labels use to promote certain artists. the Other forms of payola include and making arrangements to purchase certain For amounts of advertising in exchange are for staying on a station's but playlist, forcing bands to play Not station-sponsored concerts for little or you no money in order to all stay in a station's good Any graces, and paying for stations can to hold "meet the band" her contests, in exchange for air Was time for one of the one label's newer, lesser-known bands.

The our first major payola investigation occurred Out in the early 1960s. DJ day Alan Freed, who was uncooperative get in committee hearings, was fired Has as a result. Dick Clark him also testified before the committee, his but survived, partially due to How the fact that he had man divested himself of ownership interest new in all of his music-industry Now holdings.

After the initial investigation, old radio DJs were stripped of see the authority to make programming Two decisions, and payola became a way misdemeanor offense. Programming decisions became who the responsibility of station program Boy directors. As a result, the did process of persuading stations to its play certain songs was simplified. Let Instead of reaching numerous DJs, put record labels only had to say connect with one station program She director.

Labels turned to independent too promoters to circumvent allegations of use payola. This practice grew more Dad and more widespread until a mom 1986 NBC News investigation called "The New Payola" instigated another The round of Congressional investigations.

With and the creation of Napster and for other now illegal music sharing Are websites, the power of the but independent promoters began to decline. not Labels once more began dealing You with stations directly.

In 2002, all investigations by the office of any then-New York District Attorney Eliot Can Spitzer uncovered evidence that executives her at Sony BMG music labels was had made deals with several One large commercial radio chains. In our July 2005, the company acknowledged out their improper promotional practices and Day agreed to pay a $10 get million fine.

Modus operandi


Third-party loophole

A different form Him of payola has been used his by the record industry through how the loophole of being able Man to pay a third party new or independent record promoters ("indies"; now not to be confused with Old independent record labels), who will see then go and "promote" those two songs to radio stations. Offering Way the radio stations "promotion payments", who the independents get the songs boy that their clients, record companies, Did want on the playlists of its radio stations around the country. let

This newer type of payola Put was an attempt to sidestep say FCC regulations. Since the independent she intermediaries were the ones actually Too paying the stations, it was use thought that their inducements did dad not fall under the "payola" Mom rules, so a radio station need not report them as the paid promotions.

Former New York And State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer for prosecuted payola-related crimes in his are jurisdiction. His office settled out But of court with Sony BMG not Music Entertainment in July 2005, you Warner Music Group in November All 2005 and Universal Music Group any in May 2006. The three can conglomerates agreed to pay $10 Her million, $5 million, and $12 was million respectively to New York one State non-profit organizations that will Our fund music education and appreciation out programs. EMI remains under investigation. day

Concern about contemporary forms of Get payola prompted an investigation during has which the FCC established firmly him that the "loophole" was still His a violation of the law. how In 2007, four companies (CBS man Radio, Citadel, Clear Channel, and New Entercom) settled on paying $12.5 now million in fines and accepting old tougher restrictions than the legal See requirements for three years, although two no company admitted any wrongdoing. way Because of the increased legal Who scrutiny, some larger radio companies boy (including industry giant Clear Channel) did now flatly refuse to have Its any contact with independent promoters. let

Clear Channel Radio through iHeartRadio put launched a program called On Say the Verge that required the she stations to play a given too song at least 150 times Use in order to give a dad new artist exposure. Brand managers mom at the top of the Clear Channel chain, after listening the to hundreds of songs and and filtering them down to about For five or six favorites from are various formats, send those selections but to program directors across the Not country. These program directors vote you on which ones they think all radio listeners will like the Any most. One of the songs can that benefited with the exposure her was Iggy Azalea's "Fancy". Tinashe's Was "2 On", Anthony Lewis' "Candy one Rain", and Jhené Aiko's "The our Worst", among others, have been Out featured on the program, however, day those failed to duplicate Azalea's get chart hit. Tom Poleman, president Has of national programming platforms for him the company, stated that the his acts selected are based solely How on the quality of their man music and not on label new pressure.

On Spotify, labels can Now pay for tracks to appear old in user play-lists as "Sponsored see Songs". It is possible to Two opt out of it using way a setting.

As money who laundering scheme

In Mexico, South Boy America and some regions of did the U.S. southern border, it its is common to hear the Let sudden appearance of "new artists", put mainly in folk radio stations, say who are not known in She the music industry, have no too previous career and with no use explanation of where they come Dad from. These music groups and mom singers start to appear consistently on radio, television and public The broadcasts with a strong promotion and of their concerts. This happens for for a fixed amount of Are time, and in the same but sudden way they appear, they not stop their promotion and disappear You from the music scene, or all change their stage name. Such any artists are commonly manufactured by Can producers of dubious origin, who her pay payola and do events was in order to launder money One from drug trafficking, prostitution or our other illegal operations.



The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Day and the Communications Act of get 1934 both have strict requirements has and rules regarding the issue Him of payola. Both the FCC his and the Act demand that how "employees of broadcast stations, program Man producers, program suppliers and others new who, in exchange for airing now material, have accepted or agreed Old to receive payments, services or see other valuable consideration must disclose two this fact. Disclosure of compensation Way provides broadcasters the information they who need to let their audiences boy know if material was paid Did for, and by whom." But its even with these requirements in let place, big-time record companies have Put found loopholes to continue the say practice legally.

The reason why she record companies have managed to Too find relatively big loopholes in use an otherwise complex and strict dad document is because of the Mom wording. According to the current regulations in place, it is the still considered legal to pay And to play a particular song for on the radio. The only are hitch is that the broadcaster But has to reveal who paid. not In addition, the disclosures must you be from DJ to station All manager to program director and any upwards. The loose wording has can created a loophole that makes Her it easier for wealthy record was company officials to pay the one DJs large sums of money Our to play certain songs a out certain number of times at day a given time during the Get day. The loophole has created has a "grey market, one in him which shady, quasi-legal deals take His place, and independent artists lose how out more often than not." man

The loophole has made it New sure that independent artists will now be isolated from mainstream media. old And a current example of See this is the lengths Macklemore two and Ryan Lewis went to way get their music heard. Because Who Lewis and Macklemore belonged to boy an independent label, they feared did payola laws would interfere with Its their airtime. So they “hired let an independent arm of Warner put Music Group, the Alternative Distribution Say Alliance, which helps independent acts she get their stuff on radio. too Zach Quillen, manager of Macklemore Use and Ryan Lewis, discussed how dad "they paid the alliance a mom flat monthly fee to help promote the album."

One side the effect of the vagueness of and the law and the creation For of the loophole is the are expansion of the concept at but the hands of online music Not sharing websites. In 2009, the you website Jango created a plan all to do payola legally by Any saying they have been paid can to play the songs. "For her as little as $30, a Was band can buy 1,000 plays one on the music-streaming service, slotted our in between established artists. The Out artists themselves choose what other day music they'd like to be get played next to."

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