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2009-01-29 10:40:00

David Arquette's MySpace blog triggers local response BALTIMORE, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Popular Baltimore-based bands The Payola Reserve, J Roddy Walston and The Business, and Wye Oak announced today their plans to hold a first-of-its-kind live benefit concert to help the renowned Senator Theatre remain in operation. The concert is a timely response to actor David Arquette's recent celebrity MySpace blog highlighting the endangered status of "Baltimore's Premier Showplace." The Senator,...

2006-05-11 12:15:51

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Universal Music Group, the world's biggest recording company, has agreed to pay $12 million to settle charges by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer that it made secret payments to radio stations in exchange for airplay, Spitzer said on Thursday. Spitzer said Universal's UMG Recording Inc. agreed to stop making payments and providing gifts to stations and their employees in return for the programming of songs by some of its artists, including Nick Lachey,...

2006-03-08 12:56:19

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In his first lawsuit to stop a radio practice known as payola, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday said he sued Entercom Communications Corp., accusing the radio broadcaster of accepting payoffs in exchange for airplay. Spitzer accused Entercom, one of the biggest U.S. radio broadcasters, of trading air time for gifts, promotional items and personal trips, and soliciting and accepting payments from record labels to play the music of such artists...

2005-12-23 18:14:03

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp. has been subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in connection with an anti-trust investigation into pricing of digital music downloads, the company said in a securities filing on Friday. Warner said it received the request for information on Tuesday. "As part of an industrywide investigation concerning pricing of digital music downloads, we received a subpoena from Attorney General Spitzer's office as disclosed in our public...

2005-11-22 11:40:59

(Please read in paragraph 3... Warner Music ... instead of ... Warner, part of Time Warner Inc.) NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp., one of the largest U.S. record companies, will pay $5 million to settle a New York state probe into how it influenced which songs are played on the radio, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said on Tuesday. The probe involved "pay-for-play" practices, commonly known as "payola," in which companies are accused of paying radio...

2005-11-22 12:01:27

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp., one of the largest U.S. record companies, will pay $5 million to settle a New York state probe into how it influenced which songs are played on the radio, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said on Tuesday. The probe involved "pay-for-play" practices, commonly known as "payola," in which companies are accused of paying radio stations or promoters to secure air time for songs. In July, Sony BMG agreed to pay $10 million to...

2005-11-22 11:12:44

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp., one of the largest U.S. record companies, will pay $5 million to settle a New York state probe into how it influenced which songs are played on the radio, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said on Tuesday. The probe involved "pay-for-play" practices, commonly known as "payola," in which companies are accused of paying radio stations or promoters to secure air time for songs. In July, Sony BMG agreed to pay $10 million to...

2005-10-11 20:59:51

By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Clear Channel Communications Inc., the world's largest radio operator, on Tuesday said it had fired two programmers following an internal probe into "pay-for-play" practices that had been the target of an investigation by New York prosecutors. In a statement, San Antonio, Texas-based Clear Channel said it had that it had found evidence of wrongdoing involving two of its staff and that they had been dismissed. It would not disclose their names....

2005-08-09 03:37:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators said on Monday they will review whether Sony BMG Music Entertainment and radio stations violated rules that require disclosure of payments for airing songs. Sony BMG, a joint venture of Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG, last month paid $10 million to settle a New York state probe into "pay for play" practices known as payola. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin directed his enforcement bureau staff to review the...

2005-08-01 16:34:14

By Brian Garrity NEW YORK (Billboard) - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has settled his payola case against Sony BMG. Now, the radio and music industries, which felt they had already cleaned up their act, are left wondering what difference, if any, the settlement will make. In the short term, Sony BMG's July 25 payola admission is already making waves. Some Clear Channel program directors say they are now required to attach documentation to any merchandise received from labels,...


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