payola

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payola

A payment made to have something promoted or receive special treatment, especially a musical album or single being featured on a radio station, without being disclosed as a sponsorship. His career was looking brighter and brighter until a payola scandal completely ruined him in the late '80s. The station is being investigated for receiving payolas from various record labels over the past 15 years.

payola

(peˈolə)
n. a bribe. (Originally a bribe paid to a disk jockey by record producers to get extra attention for their records.) The announcer was fired for taking payola.