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From an article on the Globe & Mail’s website regarding the concept of Record Companies giving radio stations ‘incentives’ to play the songs & artists the Record Companies are trying to promote:

“Our investigation shows that, contrary to listener expectations that songs are selected for air play based on artistic merit and popularity, air time is often determined by undisclosed payoffs to radio stations and their employees,” Spitzer said. “This agreement is a model for breaking the pervasive influence of bribes in the industry.”

Okay, so I studied music industry arts, which means I’m more jaded than the general public because I know how it works, but seriously… do people really believe that radio stations play stuff solely based on popularity?

4 Comments

  • vt_equine

    July 25, 2005 at 11:24 pm

    What is that in your icon?! That dancing furry mouth…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 26, 2005 at 1:34 am

      That is Fizzgig, from the Dark Crystal.

      • vt_equine

        July 26, 2005 at 1:38 am

        Ah hah, well that is very interesting lol

  • artyste

    July 25, 2005 at 11:44 pm

    I never did.. I mean.. how is something going to be popular if it’s never heard in the first place.. do people hear a band play in a park somewhere and then inundate their radio station with calls to play something?

    I think not 🙂