Is Pop Music Holding You Hostage? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Love or hate pop music, it’s pretty hard to escape. From Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, pop songs are recorded, packaged, and sold down a well worn pipeline, designed to make you, the listener, LOVE THIS SONG! But do you really? Does the song have real meaning, or is it just that they play it over and over and over and over again until it wears you down, until you can nothing but… sing along. So is pop music holding you hostage? Watch the episode to find out!

Further Reading on Payola:
Change that Tune – FoM –
How to Get Your Song on Commercial Radio – TuneCore –
Of Music, Payola and Disclosure – Bloomberg –
How Payola Works Today – Techdirt –

The Long Road to Desuetude for Payola Laws: Recognizing the Inevitable Commodification of Tastemaking. Krystal Conway, Seton Hall University School of Law, Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, 2006

Alan Freed Still Casts a Long Shadow: The Persistence of Payola and the Ambiguous Value of Music. Charles Fairchild, Media Culture and Society 2012 34: 328

Neil Gaiman blog post:

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