Payola in the crosshairs: AG targets Music Biz

Discussion in 'Movies, TV and Music' started by Crimen y Castigo, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Record Labels Said to Be Next on Spitzer List for Scrutiny

    "... [New York AG Eliot Spitzer] is casting his eyes on the music industry, particularly its practices for influencing what songs are heard on the public airwaves.

    According to several people involved, investigators in Mr. Spitzer's office have served subpoenas on the four major record corporations - the Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the EMI Group and the Warner Music Group - seeking copies of contracts, billing records and other information detailing their ties to independent middlemen who pitch new songs to radio programmers in New York State..."

    First Spitzer took on organized crime, then Wall Street -- now, the perfect combo-platter: the record companies. Who knew litigation could be so exciting?

    This could be more than interesting.
  2. riverplate

    riverplate Member+

    Jan 1, 2003
    Corona, Queens
    CA River Plate
    I really like Eliot Spitzer. Kick their butts.
  3. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's payola all over again. Everybody knows it and nobody's done anything about it for years.

    By the way, the payola story is proof that Dick Clark has lived up to his name for over 40 years.
  4. bmurphyfl

    bmurphyfl Member

    Jun 10, 2000
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Good for Spitzer. The way it is right now is a crappy system.

    My brother-in-law is a professional musician on an indie jazz label. When he tries to contact the jazz stations about promoting his record, they refer him to these promotional middlemen. He then started paying the promoters but never hears crap from them. Unless you are on a major label, it svcks to be a recording artist.
  5. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    How awesome would it be if this guy eradicated payola? Fight the power!
  6. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe the next step could be to institute a rule where radio stations had to be owned locally and would...*gasp*...reflect local tastes.

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