Payola

  1. Ten Things You Didn't See On the Latin Grammys

    November 11, 2011 8:15 AM EST The Latin Grammys aired Nov. 10 on the Univision network form the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Here's what you didn't see on screen. CORRECTION : While a Disney spokesperson confirmed that Demi Lovato has recorded a Spanish-l ...

  2. Feds Fine Univision $1 Million In Payola Case

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have together fined Univision Radio and the now-defunct Univision Music Group $1 million to resolve payola-related allegations, the government agencies announced today. The FCC and J ...

  3. Future of Music Coalition Reports Grim Airplay Data

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition has released a report detailing the grim state of indie airplay on commercial radio stations. The data, drawn from Mediaguide playlists for seven specific music formats (AC, Urban AC, Active Rock, Country, CHR Pop, Tr ...

  4. Report: Latin Stations Targeted In Payola Investigation

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Latin radio stations in Texas appear to be among those being investigated in an ongoing FCC probe into payola allegations. According to the McAllen Monitor , Spanish-language stations in the Rio Grande Valley have received letters of inquiry as we ...

  5. Survey: Indie Labels Dissatisfied With Airplay

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade coalition A2IM and the Future of Music Coalition have released a survey of 61 indie labels that points to a continuing dissatisfaction on the part of labels when it comes to getting commercial radio airplay. Over 92% of independent lab ...

  6. Senator Seeks Reassurances From Radio Heads On Payola

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Russ Feingold is growing concerned about radio's enforcement of anti-payola policies agreed to in the FCC consent decree in April, and wants to know what the four biggest broadcast groups are doing to enforce the rules. In a particularly ...

  7. FMC: Clear Channel Asking Artists To Sign Away Digital Royalties

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition says Clear Channel, in accepting music submissions from artists for possible play on the air and online, is forcing "local and independent artists to give up hard-won performance royalties as a condition for cons ...

  8. Payola Suit Hits Latin World

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ex-Fonovisa VP of promotion Daniel Mireles is alleging that he was ordered to participate in payola or lose his job, and was fired after later saying he couldn't do it anymore. In a potentially explosive lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior ...

  9. Impala: Indies Need Better Access To Euro Radio

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala has called for European measures to promote independent airplay in the wake of the $12.5 million U.S. payola radio settlement earlier this month. A side deal to the Federal Communications Commission settlement over paid airtime claims gives ...

  10. A2IM Discloses Radio Rules Of Engagement

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade group that, as previously reported, secured commitments from Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom to adhere to a set of radio Rules of Engagement, as well as blocks of progr ...

  11. Stations To Pay $12.5M In FCC Settlement

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Exasperated listeners weary of hearing the same songs over and over on the radio may have something to cheer about: a pair of innovative deals that could shake up the music playlists of some of the nation's largest radio-station chains. Four ...

  12. Spitzer Settles With Entercom for $4.25 Million

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has settled with Entercom Communications to resolve allegations of "pay-for-play" in the music industry, totaling payments of $4.25 million. The settlement includes a $3.5 million payment to be dis ...

  13. CBS Radio Settles Payola Allegations

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company to pay $2 million. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Thursday (Oct. 19) revealed a settlement with CBS Radio, Inc. in his office's ongoing investigations into payola in the music business. Under the terms of the settlement ...

  14. Judge Denies Entercom Motion To Dismiss Payola Suit

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Not known if company will appeal. A New York State Supreme Court judge has denied a motion filed by Entercom Communications to dismiss a suit brought against the broadcaster by Eliot Spitzer, clearing the way for the New York State Attorney Genera ...

  15. Entercom's Motion To Dismiss Payola Suit Denied

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Not known if company will appeal the decision. A New York State Supreme Court judge has denied a motion filed by Entercom Communications to dismiss a suit brought against the broadcaster by Eliot Spitzer, clearing the way for the New York State At ...

  16. Payola Clarified At Conclave Radio Confab

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There was no more compelling sign of how times have changed in the radio and record businesses than the moment an attendee of last week's Conclave radio conference addressed one of the chief architect There was no more compelling sign of how ...

  17. Spitzer Settlements Awarded To Non-Profits

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have awarded $13 million in grants from the fund which grew out of the New York State Attorney General's settlements with major record companies that were investigate Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have aw ...

  18. A2IM To FCC: Amen, Brother

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade body met Commissioner Adelstein. The American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM), a new trade association less than a year old, is happy with its meeting yesterday with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and their discussion of a set o ...

  19. Anonymous Spitzer Letter Riles Up The Row

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An anonymous letter sent to New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer has ruffled feathers in the country music industry. The letter, signed "some very concerned music industry professionals," acc An anonymous letter sent to New York ...

  20. Entercom Pushes Back At Spitzer

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Company moves for dismissal of suit. While lawyers may simply be employing a frequently used legal tactic, Entercom Communications appears to be pushing back against a suit filed by New York’s attorney general. According to a Wall Street Journal r ...

  21. Indie Label To File Payola Suit Against Warner

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companion to the one filed against Sony BMG. Indie label TSR Records is expected to file a lawsuit today (March 28) against Warner Music Group over payola allegations, according to a source. The action is a companion suit to the one filed by TSR a ...

  22. Entercom's Alleged Dirty Dealings

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Documents reveal specific payments. New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer’s lawsuit charging Entercom Communications of illegally trading airtime for “secret” payments outlines numerous specific instances of alleged dirty dealings in the s ...

  23. FCC On Payola: 'No Wrist Slaps'

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Adelstein weighs in on lawsuit against Entercom. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein weighed in with a warning that the Commission is serious about prosecuting broadcasters who violate payola regulations. “We can’t let any violators get away with ...

  24. Fired Programmer Cited In Spitzer Lawsuit

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Dave Universal exited Entercom in Jan. 2005. The former WKSE Buffalo programmer Dave Universal, fired by Entercom Communications in January 2005 amid allegations of payola, figures prominently in New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer’s civ ...

  25. Entercom: 'Court Will Fairly Resolve Claims'

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'We have firm policies prohibiting payola...' 'We have firm policies prohibiting payola...' News ...

  26. Entercom: Court Will Fairly Resolve Claims

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'We have firm policies prohibiting payola...' Entercom said in a statement this morning it is confident a court will "fully and fairly" resolve the claims of payola leveled against the radio group by New York State attorney gen ...

  27. Spitzer Files Payola Suit Against Entercom

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer is bringing a lawsuit against Entercom Communications, accusing the radio company of illegally trading airtime for payments. New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer is bringing a lawsuit against ...

  28. 100s Of Radio Stations Marked In Payola Probe

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hundreds of radio stations are under intense scrutiny by the FCC for their alleged involvement in payola scams in an investigation that commissioner Jonathan Adelstein calls "potentially the most wide Hundreds of radio stations are under inte ...

  29. Payola Moves To Senate?

    February 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sen. Russ Feingold, D., Wisconsin sent a letter this morning (Feb. 9) to Commerce Committee chairman Sen. Ted Stevens, R., Alaska, and co-chair Sen. Daniel Inouye, D., Hawaii, asking them to schedule Sen. Russ Feingold, D., Wisconsin sent a letter ...

  30. ABC News: Payola Probe Shifts To Radio

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Report looks at nine radio groups. ABC News will air an in-depth “Primetime” report Thursday evening (Feb. 9) on New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer’s investigation into the alleged participation in payola by nine of the nation's ra ...

  31. New York AG Investigates Download Pricing

    December 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Major labels subpoenaed. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is initiating another investigation of the music industry, this time seeking information to determine whether the pricing of digital music downloads violates antitrust laws. Warner M ...

  32. Warner Agrees To Payola Settlement

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer's office in its ongoing payola investigation. Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New ...

  33. Adelstein Dubs WMG Payola Pact 'Breakthrough'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Calls for FCC to act on the evidence. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein quickly reacted to the news today of a settlement by the New York Attorney General’s office and Warner Music Group on issues of payola. In a prepared statement, Adelstein sa ...

  34. Warner Agrees To Payola Settlement

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer's office in its ongoing payola investigation. Warner Music Group has become the second major label company to settle with New ...

  35. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation Nov. 18 that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged "muscling" pr WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A leading lawmak ...

  36. Senator Introduces Payola Bill

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Labels, indie promoters not focus.' A leading lawmaker long critical of the negative fallout of radio consolidation introduced legislation today (Nov. 18) that seeks to close the loopholes on payola-like practices and stop alleged " ...

  37. McClusky Relinquishes Biz Model Amid Spitzer Probe

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Will continue working for labels by being paid a flat fee. Well-known indie promoter Jeff McClusky tells the New York Times he is dumping the business model that he made an industry standard between record labels and radio stations, following the ...

  38. Spitzer Fallout: Indie Label Sues Sony BMG

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The $10 million Sony BMG Music Entertainment settlement in July over payola allegations, spearheaded by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, has spawned an indie label's antitrust lawsuit against The $10 million Sony BMG Music Entertainme ...

  39. Indie Sues Sony BMG Over Payola

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A Tarzana, Calif.-based independent label has filed an antitrust suit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment, alleging that the major label's radio promotion activities are anticompetitive. A Tarzana, Calif.-based independent label has filed an ...

  40. Clear Channel Dismisses Two After Payola Investigation

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has announced the results of an internal investigation into allegations raised by a legal settlement between New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Sony BMG Music Entertainmen WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Clear Channel has announce ...

  41. Clear Channel Dismisses Two After Payola Investigation

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evidence of wrongdoing was found. Clear Channel has announced the results of an internal investigation into allegations raised within a legal settlement between New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer and Sony BMG. The settlement alleged tha ...

  42. Katrina, Indecency Put Payola On Hold

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two months after New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer unveiled a landmark $10 million settlement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the Federal Communications Commission has yet to exa NEW YORK -- Nearly two months after New York s ...

  43. Katrina, Indecency Put Payola On Hold

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT FCC has hands full. Nearly two months after New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer unveiled a landmark $10 million settlement with Sony BMG, the Federal Communications Commission has yet to examine a motherlode of evidence collected in Spit ...

  44. FMC Discusses Payola, Online Licensing And LPFMs

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Federal involvement in payola, online music licensing and low power FM (LPFM) stations were the hot topics at this year's Future of Music Coalition Summit held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal involvement in payola, ...

  45. Payola, Online Licensing and LPFMs

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Report from the Future of Music Coalition Summit. Federal involvement in payola, online music licensing and low power FM (LPFM) stations were the hot topics at this year's Future of Music Coalition Summit held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. ...

  46. Adelstein Adamant Over FCC Payola Issue

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Democratic Federal Communications Commission activist Jonathan Adelstein said he plans to "put the fear of God" into broadcasters about obeying the FCC's payola rules. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Democratic Federal Communications Commission ...

  47. Adelstein Adamant Over FCC Payola Issue

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Plans to put 'fear of God' into broadcasters. Democratic Federal Communications Commission activist Jonathan Adelstein said he plans to "put the fear of God" into broadcasters about obeying the FCC's payola rules. He spoke ...

  48. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications Commission c NEW YORK -- Under pressure to act upon pa ...

  49. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evidence of violations will bring 'swift action.' Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications ...

  50. FCC Chairman Calls For Federal Payola Investigation

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Evidence of violations will bring 'swift action.' Under pressure to act upon payola allegations uncovered in the wake of Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s settlement with New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Federal Communications ...

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