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  1. Wonder why radio plays the same songs over and over? It's cause payola is very much a thing. Rolling Stone published an article including text messages from top label execs communicating with radio. The texts reveal that money was indeed being paid to radio in order to promote artists, a banned practice. The article focuses on Mitch Mills, a senior vice president of radio promotion at Elektra Records, and Steve Zap, an independent radio promoter who works with a number of stations in the adult contemporary format. From Rolling Stone: Zap denies any wrongdoing: “You say that I requested airplay and awarded [a station] with ‘consideration,’ and that such linkage is established by text messages,” he stated. “The actual texts, though, do not support your characterizations. In the texts, no specific consideration is linked with any specific instance of airplay. Therefore, allegations that I purchased airplay through quid pro quo agreements would be reckless and extremely damaging.” Here are some of the artists included in the story: Marshmello Halsey Dua Lipa Ellie Goulding Ed Sheeran Shawn Mendes Khalid Backstreet Boys You can read the full story here. Thoughts, Exhale?
  2. https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/pay-for-play-radio-texts-1067691/amp/?__twitter_impression=true Artist's from Dua Lipa, Halsey basically Radio artists might not be organic Hits after all. A rolling stone article has come out and said several of these Hits became hits via payola via texts. But no mention of Cardi B. Just a lot of pop acts that aren't popular on streaming in the US Rain on me has been revealed as a payola hit as well.
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