BMG Sony has finally come to a settlement with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. They will pay the State of New York $10 million. Why you may ask? Because of this:
Among the revelations coming out of the settlement: Sony BMG routinely gave radio deejays and music directors cash or gifts to hype Sony BMG artists like Lopez.
In one email memo obtained in response to the lawsuit, a Sony radio promotions exec wrote: “Please be advised that in this week's Jennifer Lopez Top 40 Spin Increase of 236 we bought 63 spins at a cost of $3,600.”
The “Get Right” singer's camp had no immediate comment on the label's pay-for-play practices involving her music. But Sony and its affiliated labels (including Arista, Columbia and Epic) did not limit their aggressive radio campaigns to Lopez.
Audioslave was linked to the scandal in a series of dispatches that showed VPs would do virtually anything to get an add at stations in large markets. “What do I have to do to get Audioslave on WKSS this week?” one missive read. “Whatever you can dream up, I can make it happen.”
Look, let's be honest. Was there ever a doubt in anyone's mind that big record execs were paying off DJs to boost the careers of certain pop stars?
And in case you were wondering, the money from the settlement is going to a non-profit music education program.