"You have to start with the premise that without radio, an artist cannot be successful-and the understanding is that if you perform at their show, the station will add your record to their playlist," Matchbox 20 manager Michael Lippman recently told Chuck Philips of the L.A. Times. "....The problem is the bigger you get, everybody wants an exclusive, and some stations get really mad and penalize you for performing at a competing stationís show by refusing to air your record at all. Thatís certainly happened to us."
There are now upwards of 200 radio stations who stage concerts under a hazy veneer of "charity," coerce up to a dozen artists per show to play for free, and get higher ratings and greater ad revenue as a result. Sometimes stations refuse to play any records on a label that has even one artist who wonít play their shows.
Now the giant broadcasting chains created by Bill Clintonís Telecom bill have begun to negotiate with SFX Entertainment, which is busy buying up concert venues across the country, to stage a "national for- profit radio show tour expected to get off the ground by spring....The tour would be sponsored by a national advertiser and booked primarily into SFX-owned venues. Some acts might be paid nominal fees to perform."
Might be paid? Has any of these people ever read the 15th Amendment to the Constitution?
[from Rock & Rap Confidential/1998]
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