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Old 8th August 2005
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I wouldn't have a problem with payola if each spin was labled as a bought ad from Sony . Now, why don't they do that? LOL, It would be so simple to do. They don't do it because Sony wants to maintain the illusion that their bought and paid for artist is so hip the radio station is just playing their music because it's just so damn good. It would kill their product if each spin was labled as an ad from Sony BMG. This is why payola is sleazy. The radio just keeps spinning a single and calling it a hit. The DJ/station uses their political capital to give a lame single street cred. It doesn't always work, but it works enough.

As far as the Beatles go, I doubt you could have stopped the radio from playing them. Sometimes a phenom happens which can't be held back.