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This must be how “Joey” stays on the air…
It has come to light that Sony has been paying radio stations to run songs by their acts. A memo to DJ’s from Sony spells it out, and pretty much says “if you run our songs, we’ll give you a bag of money the size of J-Lo’s butt.”
From Epic, home of J-Lo, a memo from Nov. 12, 2002, a “rate” card that shows radio stations in the Top 23 markets will receive $1000, Markets 23-100 get $800, lower markets $500.
“If a record receives less than 75 spins at any given radio station, we will not pay the full rate… We look forward to breaking many records together in the future.”
This payola to radio stations is nothing new, but now, since J-Lo’s involved, the media is acting like it’s Watergate or something.
It’s been around forever. How else can you explain Milli Vanilli, Justin Timberlake, or the entire disco movement?
This is the music business we’re talking about. The people who are shocked at this “scandal” are the same people who get the vapors when they find out the used car salesman lied to them about the “little old lady from Pasadena.”