G-eazy ‘Streaming Manipulation’ Report Validates Iggy Azalea’s 2019 Claim
Rolling Stone recently dropped a bombshell report exposing the music industry’s pay-for-play on streaming platforms, Iggy Azalea reignited the topic again. She took to Twitter on Thursday asking about those who questioned her validity on the topic when she talked about payola in music in 2019.
“Remember when the internet said I was making up that streaming has payola worse than radio,” Azalea wrote. “Glad someone’s starting to expose the secret world of streaming and ‘curators’ it’s time.”
In 2019, the rapper claimed stream inflation was a real thing that wasn’t being talked about in the industry when compared to the pay-for-play seen with radio stations.
“Y’all act like it’s not a thing,” she said. “It is a thing & it’s not even being monitored yet the way radio payola is at least policed.”
Rolling Stone have exposed an obtained audio of a phone call between G-Eazy’s team and a digital marketer by the name Joshua Mack who have promised to get their streams boosted for a price on the “black market.”
Mack reportedly said he had the ability to generate “200 million streams a month” for around $30-$50,000 a month and he’s done this for numerous major acts.