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Kyle Cullen

Unfortunately this is always going to go on. There are stories of managers buying their artists singles in shops to help them get in the charts.

I wouldn't be surprised if there are people automating loads of itunes download to get ranked.

With new tech coming out all the time people will keep finding new ways to cheat the system. Quite sad really.


Billions of fake views? what the heck..


Please fact check your sources before posting them to your respectable music business blog. They were not faked, they have been migrated over to Vevo.



Now heres one Ive often wondered about. I get offers on a weekly basis from sites whom provide "views" + "likes" for a fee,, on our music page. And myself,,Id rather EARN them,,than pay for them. For a couple of reasons,,#1 if you earn them,,you know there for real.#2 its rather deceptive ,both to us,,and the public that we got 20,000 views + likes,,that really are not real folks viewing + listening instead. I guess its all about personal integrity.


Not just personal integrity, but End User Agreements, too. It's against YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. rules to engage a service who provides views and/or likes for a fee.


Sounds like a face saving story.


What's to say a competitor didn't buy views for your video in order to sabotage it (you, the competition) and get your video taken down. I don't put that past labels facing indie competition or the other way around. In fact this was indeed the case with an artist we worked with. He'd left his band and went solo, leaving much bad blood. The remaining band managed to get his wikipedia profile re-directed to their band's wiki page, and bought likes to get his video taken down - which it was. There are no safeguards in place at youtube for this, and their appeal process is useless, useless, useless.

Also, we bought an ad for an artist on google adwords for youtube. It got 202 views but the views never showed up in the counter on youtube. Upon investigation they replied with "youtube and adwords count views differently. We can ensure you those views took place but they don't necesarily show up on your youtube counter." WHAT? REALLY? not only that but they weren't even willing to refund the $10 cost or offer a coupon. Perhaps they don't want to pay monetization royalties for those 202 views as it cuts into their ad revenue? You think? GOOGLE IS CRIMINAL IF YOU ASK ME and its about time someone or many someone's did something about it!


That's advertising. Tide detergent runs a commercial on TV telling you it has the best stain fighters - does it really? Or are they just telling you that to get you to buy their detergent? Now post your bands video to YouTube and it has no views so you ask your friends and family to like your video - is that cheating? Now you go to someplace like http://bestmusicpromotions.com and you buy 5000 more views. Now people are starting to notice your band and they add more views suddenly you have 100,000 views that's 95,000 legitimate views. And they think they can pull them all down? That sucks!

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