All well and good, but, as Gawker points out, no one could think "I'm Real" made it to the charts on artistic merit.
"Our investigation shows that, contrary to listener expectations that songs are selected for airplay based on artistic merit and popularity, air time is often determined by undisclosed payoffs to radio stations and their employees," Spitzer said.
In one instance in July 2001, Buffalo radio station executive David Universal and a guest were flown to New York City in exchange for his adding the Jennifer Lopez song "I'm Real" to the playlist at WKSE....
In one e-mail, an exec trying to promote the band Audioslave wrote to a radio programmer: "What do I have to do to get Audioslave on WKSS this week?!!? Whatever you can dream up I can make it happen."
(The New York Post)