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Larry Weir and the Spins Tracking system

Our friends over at Ripoffreport.com cover many scams and ocasionally there is an article that is relevant to our industry.

This article talks about a highly sophisticated bogus radio scam that targets musicians willing to pay to have their music played on a collection of radio stations which create their own music charts with some of the biggest names in current music.

Sounds good you say, what is the scam? the radio statons aren’t hat they are presented as, some of them exist but many of them are not music stations or only play music at specific times.

Read more about the scam here.


edit: This article is still developing as there is contention about whether or not this is a legitimate complaint or just one angry consumer. What have been your experiences with the exposure that comes from using NRP?

Or visit Spins for yourself

You certainly want to VISIT The original article to see what comments are being written at the moment.

Someone seems to think Radio is God’s gift to music…

It has been a pet gripe of mine hearing radio presenters complain about money that their radio station plays to musicians to use their music.

It goes something like this:

‘without the radio station there would be no exposure for artists…’

What they’re actually saying is:

‘Music is the filler between the ads, and of course, between hearing those incredible DJ’s and their always-witty banter.’

How could musicians survive without the radio?

The first example  I can think of is Norah Jones -without radio support she reached the international top 40 charts. Radio stations were left playing catch up when feeding their audiences with the Music she wrote

Another big influence is the new modes of communication. The internet now has lessened the audience that radio has and so lessened the impact that radio has on your success as a musician.

it would seem that without music, there would be less radio stations.

Radio stations chose their content and many of them do chose to talk only -but when the station chooses to play music, then -like paying presenters and radio DJ’s for their contribution, musicians should also be paid. As if a radio station can say ‘You are an important part of the radio station content’ but not important enough to be paid.

In Conclusion…

There are certainly positives for both parties to be working together, the radio allows music exposure to a geographically targeted audience while the music distracts and entertains between the DJ drival and the commercials. What really is frustrating is when either party thinks that they owe nothing to the other.

Get real!

This isn’t an opinion that I hold by myself.

Lets try and find the balance for this process -after all, with the internet having such an impact on our industry, both of our income streams are changing.

How come its only writers who get shafted?

I am a musician myself and in many ways this work has a strong parallel in the Music industry too. Co-wrters anyone? It seems though that at least for musicians there are different areas to excel at, such as song writing, singing or entertaining -whereas writers write, unless its a picture book.

Anyway, on to today’s horror story:

I was watching This Morning yesterday, and they had Pamela Anderson on, talking about her new career as an author. I have to confess that as Philip Schofield and Lorraine Kelly waxed lyrical about how wonderful it was that she’d discovered this new talent, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat doubtful about it: I mean Pamela Anderson, a writer? I guess I was being pretty prejudiced, but I just found it really hard to believe that Pammy, silicon tits and all, had writing ability.

But then a few minutes in she rescued me by uttering the magic words “co-author”….

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