As it now appears that the NAB and radio will have enough votes to stave off this performance tax issue, it is comforting to know that the more things change, the more they have stayed the same.
At the root of this "war" between radio and records has been this absurd notion that radio airplay does not contribute to sales or to the overall benefit of artists. The "Going for the Gold" campaign that we instituted a couple months back was a powerful and visual statement to the contrary. More than 200 stations representing 40 of the 50 states sent us digital photos of the gold and platinum "evidence" that strongly reinforces the beneficial relationship of radio to records.
Q: We've seen a decline in radio listening. Has the Internet taken its place to introduce an artist or song?
A: No. Radio is still the leading force of determining what songs and artists break through.
Has musicFIRST gotten the memo?