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The Record Industry Needs to Sort Out Radio Playlist Confusion

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The Record Industry Needs to Sort Out Radio Playlist Confusion

Greater transparency is needed when radio presenters face conflicts of interest.

The policy of the playlist – or rather how, exactly, a single gets on it – has always been a hot topic for the record industry. Although the internet gives the public unprecedented access to music, getting playlisted on the radio is still the key way to gain exposure to a wider audience, and sell records, in the UK.

In the US, payola – the illegal practice of paying or in any other way bribing a radio station to play your song – has existed since the advent of pop music. The widespread use of payola in the 70s and 80s was described in detail in the book Hit Men, and as recently as 2005-06 three of the major labels were indicted and settled out of court for pay-for-play practices.

Read More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2011/oct/16/record-industry-radio-playlist?newsfeed=true

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