Record Labels Rigging Radio Airplay and the Rest of Radio’s Very Rough Week

The radio industry has long been a powerful force in the music business, with airplay on popular stations playing a crucial role in an artist’s success. However, the influence of record labels on radio airplay charts has come under scrutiny in recent years.

Targeted payments and overnight spins are just two of the tactics used by record labels to boost their artists’ chart positions. Mediabase, the leading provider of airplay charts in the United States, is often at the center of these controversies. While some argue that these practices are simply part of the game, others believe they undermine the integrity of the charts and unfairly disadvantage independent artists. The debate over the relationship between record labels and radio airplay charts is sure to continue for years to come.

Plus, the entertainment industry is currently facing a major upheaval as both SAG-AFTRA and WGA are considering going on strike. SAG-AFTRA’s National Board has voted unanimously to ask its members for strike authorization, while the Writers Guild continues week 3 of their writers’ strike. The major issue at stake is the lack of a fair contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). These organizations are fighting for better pay, better working conditions, and better benefits for their members. The potential strike could have a significant impact on the industry, with delays in productions and possible losses in revenue for studios and networks. It remains to be seen how negotiations will progress, but both sides are standing firm in their demands.

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