Sony to pay $10M in payola scandal

Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay a $10-million settlement after an investigation by New York's attorney general uncovered a scheme that paid radio station employees to play certain artists.

"Radio stations are airing music because they are paid to do so in a way that hasn't been disclosed to the public," said the state's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, in a news conference Monday.

Sony BMG issued a statement acknowledging some of its employees engaged in conduct that was "wrong and improper." The company agreed to hire a compliance officer to monitor its promotion practices.

The $10 million will be distributed to non-profit groups supporting music education and appreciation programs in the state.

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