M-M-M-My Payola

My first thought when reading about the Sony payola settlement was that maybe they're just diverting their payola funds to bribing blogs and this is a nice way to put a positive spin on that. So cynical! This CNet article called 'Indie record labels seeing gold' lifted my spirits though. Apparently the 5 cent per song raise we just got from iTunes was due to some intense activism. Sweet. I like all the dirty payola scams and emails that are coming out, someone should be saving them all. Such as:

The payments often came in creative forms, such as providing the station with "contest prizes" such as digital cameras, laptop computers or concert tickets, which sometimes found their way to DJs. In one case, an executive suggested getting a DJ's shoe size, sending one Adidas sneaker right away, and sending the second shoe of the pair after a particular song had been played at least 10 times.

That's fantastic! Also:

"WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET AUDIOSLAVE ON WKSS THIS WEEK?!!? Whatever you can dream up, I can make it happen."

"HELLO IS THERE ANYONE I CAN BRIBE IN THERE" "HELLO" "ANYONE??" "OKAY I'M GOING TO LEAVE A STEAMER TRUNK FULL OF MONEY ON THE PORCH" "BE BACK LATER TO SEE IF YOU TOOK IT"

Update: here's a decent PDF full of payola emails.

businessBrad Turcotte