Once this hits the charts, radio stations will by law have to play it
Every day I find a new reason I'm glad to not be in the USA.
Hacktivist groups TeaMp0isoN and Anonymous have teamed up with an independent artist to release a rap song which they hope will storm the music charts. Proceeds from the #OpCensorThis digital activism project, a collaboration between TeaMp0isoN and Lyricist Jinn – will go to the East Africa Crisis Appeal. A slick …
...that's not the law in the US. Radio stations here traditionally operate on the payola model, much the same way that companies that want their goods displayed prominently in supermarkets or bookstores have to pay for the higher-margin placement. I'm not sure how they would react to the incentive of not having their virtual kneecaps broken by Anonymous, though...
That was not a professionally edited video, its style was very dated and can easily be achieved by someone with a little experience and a copy of Premier from circa 1998.
The track itself, average to below average, self important and self indulgent but not in the good/funny Ice-T way. It's certainly not in a class with harder hitting political stuff produced by the likes of Senser or even Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. (Yeah, guess my age from the band references.)
All in all, not something that I would buy. In which case, I'll be downloading it form a torrent, because it's not a lost sale to them, is it? Or at least, that's how their logic works for downloading conten from other artists.
On the one hand, it really is a rubbish piece of work, but on the other it is at least keeping the skiddies busy and away from their botnets. I did say the majority of Anons needed to get a hobby! But no, I just can't bring myself to upvote it on YouTube due to the immensity of musical fail.
"Once this hits the charts, radio stations will by law have to play it."
I'd be interested to see the act of parliament that states that radio stations have to play anything other than those songs they wish to, and those possibly dictated by contracts with their advertisers, although I believe that would be a civil matter.
In the UK at least, radio stations can play what they want - In the early 90s when Radio1 was dying with an average listener age of 30ish the new management came in and banned tracks over a certain age and certain bands from prime time, including Status Quo. The Quo sued and lost, the upshot being a radio station can play whatever the want and are in no way compelled to play anything, even the BBC, who are publicly funded.
"Once this hits the charts, radio stations will by law have to play it"
Radio 1, for example, doesn't play everything that's in the chart. Even on the chart show. I thought it was a producer's prerogative to play, or not play, a song.
Maybe it's different in the other countries?
Only yesterday Radio 4 interrupted "Today in Parliament" to play One Direction "we had to, it's the law, innit", a spokesperson said.. And Classic FM forced Myleene Klass to play Calvin Harris last week, just in the nick of time before the Radio Playlist Police stormed the studio.
If it can happen here, just imagine what'll happen in communists countries like France. Anonymous will have the radio stations over a barrel, bang to rights. How clever!
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