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The way I thought @SUCCESSICA IS A QUEEN and I were the only people who read ATRL giphy.gif

Anyways on topic, like many people here stated, Britney wasn't banned from radio, she was blacklisted. These two are totally different and as she was blacklisted, it meant that she wouldn't get the proper or equal amount of radio plays like other songs that were sent to the radio. If she were banned, the 'Britney' singles chart positions would be tragic to say at most giphy.gif 

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1 hour ago, Spicechinodiva said:

I remember hearing Boys (Co-ed remix) on the radio in b markets alot, given it was released via Madonna's Maverick label through the Austin Powers in goldmember soundtrack, but ironically both Bey and Brit, couldn't deliver the radio smashes that Madonna and Lenny Kravitz experienced with "Beautiful stranger " (#19 on the hot 100 based off of radio play alone, imagine had they issued a cd single in the US, top 5 indeed given the songs massive popularity at that time) and "American woman".

 

Mel B saw her single "Word Up" given an international release by Virgin/Maverick (My Bad she was Mel G A/K/A Scary Spice) and that was a huge hit in several countries sadly, the US Virgin label refused Maverick to release the track, this would be a huge issue For any Spice girls solo music in the US.

 

Never be the same again would have been huge in the US, given it was A Spice girl and the most beloved member of TLC on one hot record, and Virgin US refused to take advantage of this massive girl power track which went #1 in several European markets. 

ANNNNND this is relevant how? brian regan what GIF

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1 hour ago, HairFullOfSecrets said:

She was blacklisted by clear channel cause she didnt sign with them for her DWAD tour. Its proven. I lived in the US in 2002-2003 and only heard her song once, I rememver cause my sister got super excited. Weird considering in 2002 she was voted by Forbes the world biggest celebrity.

That's what even I remember I heard her quite less as compared plus Slave 4 u era was not a good era, I mean how can you explain her sales then. 

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She was blacklisted from high rotation. They playlisted her to low to mid rotation. She was a big example of this seeing as she was the hottest artist on the planet. ClearChannel testified saying they actually played her more compared to the same point the previous year, which was true only because at that time comparison she released DLMBTLK and then after that she was between album cycles.

ClearChannel also came under fire for being a conglomerate and had such a negative public view, they changed their name to iHeartMedia. So if you are listening to a station that saysiHeartRadio in their jingle, it is actually ClearChannel.

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59 minutes ago, Easy There said:

She wasn't banned lol

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Yep, she was blacklisted as I remember how less she was played during Britney era because of her song Slave 4 u you can also see her low positioning here. 

Also, a women who has sold more than 15M with this album WW and is below Madonna, Shakira and RiRi in WW hits says it differently as how poorly her singles charted in the US!

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Using the wayback machine website, I found congressman Howard Bermans' letter to the Attorney General.

This letter from 2002 caused the Sentate to hold a meeting in 2003 where Clear Channel representatives defended themselves by claiming Britney got more airplay in 2002 ,while being under Concerts West, than she got in 2001 when she toured under Clear Channel.

However, Britney only had one tour date while she was under Clear Channel in 2001. So ,technically, Britney did get more Clear Channel airplay during the 4 months she toured in 2002 with Concerts West  than she did during that one tour date in 2001 when she was under Clear Channel. The Oops I did it again tour was promoted by Clear Channel in the year 2000 and only had ONE DATE in 2001. I wonder what the airplay percentages would have been if they compared Britneys airplay on Clear Channel from the Oops! tour to the Dream Within a Dream tour.  We will never know, because they chose not tell the senate.

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https://web.archive.org/web/20031225154847/https://www.house.gov/berman/newsroom/clear_channel_letter.html

 

January 22, 2002

The Honorable John Ashcroft
U.S. Attorney General
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20530

The Honorable Michael K. Powell, Chairman
Federal Communications Commission
The Portals II
445 12th Street SW
Room 8B201
Washington DC 20554

Dear Attorney General Ashcroft and Chairman Powell:

I write to express my serious concern about vertical and horizontal integration in the radio, television, and concert promotion industries.  Specifically, I am concerned about allegations that consolidation of these industries by Clear Channel Communications, Inc. has negatively affected recording artists, owners of sound recording copyrights, consumers, advertisers, and competitors in the radio and television industries.  I would like to know whether your agencies have investigated the allegations detailed below, and if not, would encourage you to do so.

According to numerous press reports, as well as first hand accounts by affected recording artists and copyright owners, Clear Channel’s consolidation of the radio and concert promotion industries has had a variety of negative repercussions on recording artists, copyright owners, and consumers.  It has been reported that Clear Channel has “punished” recording artists, including Britney Spears, for their refusal to use its concert promotion service, Clear Channel Entertainment, by “burying” radio ads for their concerts and by refusing to play their songs on its radio stations.  The consolidation of the radio industry also lends growing support to persistent allegations that record companies often must pay radio stations to play the music of their artists.

These allegations, if true, have obvious, negative implications for consumers, both through higher concert ticket prices and reduced selections of broadcast music.  To the extent your respective agencies have jurisdiction to do so, I believe you should investigate and fully prosecute any violations of the antitrust laws or FCC regulations that have occurred in the above-referenced circumstances.

I am also concerned about related reports of “parking” or “warehousing” of radio and television stations by Clear Channel.  These reports allege that Clear Channel has intentionally flouted FCC rules limiting ownership of multiple radio and television stations in numerous markets around the country, including Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, Hudson NY, Catskills NY, Charlotte NC, Chillicothe OH, Oklahoma City OK, and Waco TX.  According to the press accounts, Clear Channel often arranges for third parties, shell corporations, or related entities to buy radio and television stations in markets in which Clear Channel has already reached the ownership caps or been faced with public opposition or regulatory scrutiny.  Clear Channel allegedly has arranged to officially “buy” these stations when, and if, the FCC lifts those caps.

I believe you should fully investigate these “warehousing” and “parking” allegations, and if true, should prosecute any violations of law.  These acts may be illegal in and of themselves, and are likely to exacerbate the negative effects, outlined above, that consolidation has had on recording artists, copyright owners, advertisers, and consumers.  It is also apparent that any investigation of possible antitrust violations by Clear Channel must consider the existence of “warehousing” or “parking” arrangements.

I would appreciate the favor of a reply at your earliest convenience concerning your agencies’ plans on this matter.

Respectfully,

HOWARD L. BERMAN
Member of Congress 

 

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6 minutes ago, cubasterd said:

Using the wayback machine website, I found congressman Howard Bermans' letter to the Attorney General.

This letter from 2002 cause the sentate to hold a meeting in 2003 where Clear Channel representatives defended themselves by claiming Britney got more airplay in 2002 ,while being under Concerts West, than she got in 2001 when she toured under Clear Channel. However, Britney only had one tour date while she was under Clear Channel in 2001. So ,technically, Britney did get more Clear Channel airplay during the 4 months she toured in 2002 with Concerts West  than she did during that one tour date in 2001 when she was under Clear Channel. The Oops I did it again tour was promoted by Clear Channel in the year 2000 and only had ONE DATE in 2001. I wonder what the airplay percentages would have been if they compared Britneys airplay on Clear Channel from the Oops! tour to the Dream Within a Dream tour.  We will never know, because they chose not tell the senate.

 

Thank you for this. 

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21 minutes ago, Hooked-On-Knee said:

Girl, Slave peaked at #27 and Overprotected charted at $86, and none of the others charted in the US.  giphy.gif 

Yea, a lot Clear Channel radio stations didn't play Britney at all during that time.  So its still accurate to say that Clear Channel did ban her from some of their radio stations. But, of course, they had to give her SOME airplay on major stations like the ones in the OP. Clear Channel owns a lot more stations than just KISS FM.

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40 minutes ago, Prachi said:

Yep, she was blacklisted as I remember how less she was played during Britney era because of her song Slave 4 u you can also see her low positioning here. 

Also, a women who has sold more than 15M with this album WW and is below Madonna, Shakira and RiRi in WW hits says it differently as how poorly her singles charted in the US!

Welp her scores or whatever it was called were bad with audience. So ofc she was played less 

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13 minutes ago, Easy There said:

Welp her scores or whatever it was called were bad with audience. So ofc she was played less 

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:heresthetea_reading_telling_glasses_talking_preaching_facts_paper_wendy_williams: Thats not true. If it were, Clear Channel would have surely used that as a defense when they were forced to defend themselves in front of the Senate. Instead, they claimed the exact opposite

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Clear Channel in 2003 defending themselves:

"Because Britney Spears was one of America's most popular music artists in 2002, and our radio stations hardly could ignore her songs and still meet the needs of our listeners. Remember, if we are not playing what people want to hear, they will quickly vote against us by pressing another button on their radio.It couldn't be easier--or more risky to our financial health.

They say she was so popular in 2002 that they couldn't help but play her music because thats what the listeners wanted.......yet they still gave her little to NO airplay on their stations. :nothavingit_whitney_houston_mad_annoyed_stare_whatever_irritated:

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