Sony busted in payola scandal August 24, 2005 4:29 PM
Ever wondered why commercial radio stations play such crap music? It's because Sony pays them to. The practice has been illegal since the 'payola' scandals in the 50s and 60s, but that hasn't stopped them.
Sony BMG has been busted paying radio station personell to play their music. The New York State Attorney-General fined them $13.1 million. How many other countries and states to they buy air time in? I know a few people who work in radio locally and they don't get to choose the music - one person chooses the musice for all the shows. While this could help reduce the prctice, it would also increase the bargaining power of the radio stations so they could get a better price, and prevent DJ's from making a name for themselves by playing better music.
You can read the emails that got Sony busted here:
Some of the bands that Sony paid to get aired include Fran Ferdinand, Audioslave and Celine Dion.
What should you do to get around this? Listen to community radio stations or stations that play music you haven't heard - if you hear the same song too many times switch stations. Also, don't pay for any Sony or BMG music. If you know any artists or write to them, ask them to shift labels.
US authorities have begun an investigation into potential antitrust violations in the Internet music download industry, the Justice Department revealed.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the agency had begun a probe into possible collusion in the ways the four global music companies set prices for online music.
The newspaper said the probe centers on the possibility of price fixing by the major labels in offering music to online music sellers. But it also said "vertical collusion" between retailers like Apple Computer'siTunes, may also be part of the probe.