You wouldn't even know Dionne Warwick existed if we did not play her. Dionne hasn't had a record in thirty years. You wouldn't even know she was alive. She's raising so much hell, talking about me like a dog--I've paid her rent. I've helped her out, she's been in trouble several times.
Lady Hughes also questions the legitimacy of Lady Warwick's role as an 'artist/activist' on the issue.
But let me say this, I ain't mad at her, and the reason why is because the record industry, SoundExchange and musicFIRST--according to a source at the White House--they have already spent about $28 million to get this legislation passed. Dionne and them are on the payroll. They are getting like, $200,000-300,000 paychecks, flying on corporate jets, being put up in suites at the hotel. They are getting paid, they are professional lobbyists on this issue.
They're saying, "Oh, I'm an artist," and that is true, but you're also getting a paycheck from the record companies to come out here and say this shit. I'm not mad because this girl doesn't have any other way to make this type of money, other than doing this. So I understand what's causing this and she ain't the problem.
Debate aside, the future of black radio is at stake, industry folks say.
There are more than 11,400 commercial radio stations in America; of those, 240 are black-owned; of the 240 black-owned stations, 54 of them are Radio One properties.
Passing H.R. 848, The Performance Rights Act, into law could very well signal the end of black-owned radio in several markets. David Honig, executive director of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, has warned that the bill would put "at least a third" of minority stations out of business.