Payola Shocker: J-Lo Hits, Others Were ‘Bought’ By Sony

Roger Friedman of has details on the internal memos from Sony Music which show the label was paying radio stations for spins. Friedman writes, “Take Jennifer Lopez’s awful record, ‘Get Right’, with its shrill horn and lifted rap. It’s now clear that was a ‘bought’ sensation when it was released last winter. So, too, were her previous ‘hits’ ‘I’m Glad’ and ‘I’m Real’, according to the memos. All were obtained by Sony laying out dough and incentives. It’s no surprise. There isn’t a person alive who could hum any of those ‘songs’ now. Not even J-Lo herself.” Read more.

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10 thoughts on “Payola Shocker: J-Lo Hits, Others Were ‘Bought’ By Sony

  1. Babar says:

    Puhleese. I bet Sony and Epic showed this idiotic reporter such kinds of memos themselves: “Look we bought airtime for our biggest money bringers”. Even if they did do it, the memos would never have had found their way into the hands of an idiot who gossiped about everything. I’m Real, I’m Glad and Get Right are favorite songs among J.Lo. fans which included at last count of her latest CD sales, more than two million people worldwide. J.Lo. is a certified awesome entertainer with enjoyable pop tracks, Franz Ferdinand are certified great rockers havig put out one of the best reviewed album in recent times and Good Charlotte are certified successful. Stop bashing on people.

  2. jeepgrrl says:

    People, if you don’t think this really is happening, ask yourself this: how the hell did someone like Ashlee Simpson get so much radio time? (I know she wasn’t mentioned in the column, but is there a better example of talentless garbage being played on the radio? Jessica Simpson and J.Lo certainly come in at a close second, without Autotone and guest rappers to prop her up with street cred, J.Lo would NOT have a musical career.) It’s about time the recording industry gets serious payback for unloading so much crap on the public and contributing to the dumbing down of our teens.

  3. Babar says:

    OK I just found out the news really is true, but the point remains: SO WHAT’, ‘The record labels’ did favors then coz all the songs the stories I read, mentioned were great songs including Take Me Out, Take My Breath Away, Get Right, I’m Real, I’m Glad, Helena and many others.

  4. RobScott says:

    I miss the good ole days when people like Madonna got their music played the old fashioned way…by sleeping with someone.

    Jlo’s album flopped and her record label paid ppl to play her music.’, ‘That’s sad.’

  5. kanthony86 says:

    It’s funny to read about this, considering I recently learned what “payola” is through an “American Popular Music” course taught at my school (University of Washington). It didn’t occur to me to question some of the credibility of the artists that are out right now. But I must admit that I’m not surprised by J.LO, I knew I should have known better…darn it! And no J.Lo does not have a huge enough fan base to sell records on her own. Especially when her record label, reportedly, had to shell out 13 million for promotion of one of her albums only to receive 3 million in sales. Think about it!

  6. hooker says:

    shame, shame, shame. I’m gonna slap all those dirty money on their faces. may god punish them all someday. they’ll do it over and over again, these people are not to be trusted, I swear to god, i’ll never allow myself to be part of them. I’d rather be dead than selling my soul. please, I want to face, god, someday, with a clean track record, I’m serious, eh! it’s not about money, fame, fortune, power, lust, and the like, it’s about standing up, one’s principle, in god’s eyes, please. thank you!

  7. JLOVER101 says:

    Look people, this has never been a secret. It’s also not much of a secret that the reason that Jennifer’s single didn’t do better is because they didn’t pay for play as much as they did in the past with her previous hits. Also, she’s not the only artist mentioned in the memos, and coming from Friedman I’m not surprised that he didn’t mention the fact that “It’s Like That” and “We Belong Together” also had to be paid to be played. It goes a little something like this, in this day and age pretty much any record at #1 on the Hot 100 had to be paid to play, because there are so many people that do it, those that don’t get left behind.

  8. CharlotteNCusa says:

    Nobody believed Michael when he said SONY was doing this…’, ‘He even went as far as to call SONY the Devil. They decided to NOT pay anyone to play MJ’s songs from Invincible, therefore MJ decided he was done with SONY because they had no put him the category of “non promoting”. There are songs that get so much play today that really such from artist…now I KNOW why they get played! It is really is shame we just don’t go back to the old way- radio stations take caller request, NOT SONY’s money!

  9. prboi406 says:

    Roger had no reason to mention ILT or WBT because she is a Universal/Def Jam artist. They aren’t under investigation, so its irrelevant to mention her name and her current success. WBT has mass appeal, the 1st song to top all 8 charts in all 4 formats. Don’t hate and drag her in when she isn’t even mentioned. MC may have had cheap #1s (discounted singles, and that was only a few times) but her airplay wasn’t payola’d.

  10. JLOVER101 says:

    ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! How funny!!!!!! that was a good one!!!! Honey, wake up and smell’, ‘the coffee. After her string of flops, radio did not want to come anywhere near a Mariah Carey single. They had to buy airplay for her, just like they do for every other artist, and they even paid Friedman for his “positive” input on her single and album. (this is pretty much common knowledge by now. Of course, they didn’t pay for all the spins, and the fans caught on and the single became successful, but they did have to pay to get the ball rolling. Same with WBT. It’s a good thing it’s paying off, but it wasn’t cheap to get it up to #1.

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