Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum
Payola was a big deal in the 60's, 70 and 80's.
Many hit records of those times were hits because radio DJ's were bribed, and good music was often ignored if payments were not made.
Check out the book "Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business"
by Fredric Dannen and you'll read how corrupt the music business was in 60's, 70's and 80's.
This article is not so much a reflection of a new problem in the music business, but how the same old concepts have adapted to the new online world.
Interesting view...however, the fans were not fake back then. it's no secret that payola was involved back in the 60/70/80 etc....but getting the music played on the air was tantamount to acquiring real loyal fans....and that real loyal fan went and bought tickets, merch, albums, etc
Payola is everywhere in every facet of life....no discovery there....but today the payola, at least in this case, is not amounting to much....whereas letting snow, showing the dough or getting the Ho would lead to plays on the air, rotation etc...and back when instant gratification was not so prevalent, we were extremely thirsty to learn more about the artist behind the music so we went to concerts, bought the shirts, bought the records etc
I stand behind my premise