FCC Demands Demands Payola Answers From UMG, Sony, BMG

Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly has demanded that Sony, UMG and WMG answer new “pay to play” allegations that surfaced in an August 2019 Radio Ink report. O’Reilly wrote to Sony Music. Continue reading

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RIAA Investigating Payola Like Fox Guarding The Henhouse [Op-Ed]

Paying for radio airplay, or payola as it is more commonly known, has been around since the 50s in one form or another, but has recently spiked. This has lead. Continue reading

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FCC Asks RIAA To Invesitgate Payola (Again)

FCC Commissioner Mike O'Reilly has sent a letter to the RIAA asking it to investigate recent reports of payola – the practice of paying radio stations and other music services. Continue reading

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Payola At Radio Never Went Away, says New Report

Broadcast radio has been rocked by at least two payola scandals in the 1960s and again in 2004.  But payola – the illegal practice of paying to be played on. Continue reading

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Direct-To-Fan Payola: Jamz Pro Pays Fans To Discover Music

If you're going to participate in payola, you might as well cut out the middleman. Jamz Pro has launched as a music discovery platform that puts a new spin on. Continue reading

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Spotify Cuts Off Playlist Payola Service SpotLister

In a move that many see as long overdue, Spotify has effectively shut down pay-for-playlist slot site SpotLister. But more than a dozen similar pay for play services continue to. Continue reading

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Radio Airplay: Still Worth It? [Brian Hazard]

Here musician Brian Hazard walks us through his experience using Jango/Radio Airplay to promote his music, allowing us to see how effective this sort of paid promotion is, and whether. Continue reading

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Broadcasters Ask FCC For Payola Waiver And It’s Time To Fight Back

Broadcast radio is asking the FCC to be allowed to accept payments to play songs with minimal disclosure.  If you find that as abhorrent as we do, its time to speak. Continue reading

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Do You Have To Choose Between Being An Internet Star And A Radio Star?

Earlier, Techdirt featured an article titled: How Payola Works Today…Or Why You Only Hear Major Label Songs On The Radio. On Music Think Tank, Matt Voyno, the co-author of The. Continue reading

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