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The Truth About Payola
Posted by Adam Bernard at Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 7:15AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

 When most of us think about payola we get visions of unscrupulous major label executives sending large sums of money to, and showering gifts on, radio DJs and Program Directors in exchange for putting a mediocre artist they’re trying to push on the airwaves. The practice of payola, however, had its start in America as early as the 1890’s, when music publishers paid to have their songs played in beer gardens.

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