Speaking of Business Models…. [4:37 pm]
[W]hat many chart watchers may not know is that the predawn saturation in Nashville — and elsewhere — occurred largely because Arista Records paid the station to play the song as an advertisement. In all, sources said, WQZQ aired Don’t Tell Me as an ad at least 40 times the week ending May 23, accounting for more than one-third of the song’s airplay on the station.
The Don’t Tell Me campaign is part of the latest craze in record promotion, a high-pressure part of the music business in which the labels try to influence which songs reach the air.
[...] In the latest twist, it’s the radio stations themselves that have been reaching out to the labels, offering to play songs in the form of ads, often in the early morning hours when there tends to be an excess inventory of airtime. The practice is legal as long as the station makes an on-air disclosure of the label’s sponsorship — typically with an introduction such as “And now, Avril Lavigne’s Don’t Tell Me, presented by Arista Records.”
From Slashdot: Labels Find New Method of Payola