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In An Ever-Changing Music Industry, Cash For Hits Remains A Constant

In the 1950s and '60s, payola scandals led to Congressional investigations. Though today's tactics are more nuanced than handing a DJ a briefcase full of money, pay for play is still alive and well.

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