Pop Music Scandal can confirm that a meeting was held at approximately 1:00 pm EST between representatives from Interscope and Billboard at the music magazine’s Madison St. office today. Lady Gaga’s manager Bobby Campbell was on speakerphone. “Perfect Illusion” has come out on Friday, and although the responses among critics has been mixed, the response with listeners HAS BEEN DISASTROUS.
Pop Music Scandal told you last week that Billboard and Lady Gaga have been in a payola partnership for years, with Billboard accepting funds (for its charity) from the singer in order to win the “Woman of the Year” title in 2015. Prince posted a letter from a former Billboard employee to boss Janice Min late last year, but deleted the post after he was being harassed by Lady Gaga’s fans.
And as we said last week, Billboard was paid to write an article about how well the song is doing, despite the fact that airplay has been paid for through hourly promotions with many Clear Channel stations. Well, that article came out this morning. Billboard has agreed that they will post daily articles about “Perfect Illusion” in order to help its performance. They will also go out of there way to promote Lady Gaga’s album. Why not? They have been certainly paid a lot to do so. As mentioned last week, Lady Gaga’s promotional team had allegedly paid gossip hack Roger Friedman from Showbiz411 to write a stream of positive articles about “Perfect Illusion.” Well, it looks like that happened. However, Friedman vehemently denies any money was paid.
The meeting that took place this afternoon was solely aimed at giving the illusion that “Perfect Illusion” is a hit. Gaga’s management asked Billboard if they can weigh streaming more on their charts, since Gaga’s audio clip on YouTube has been a huge hit. The problem — as explained in a previous article — is that Gaga’s promotion team is passing around illegal software to let fans stream “Perfect Illusion” many different times while appearing to be from many different locations.
Meanwhile, “Perfect Illusion” has fallen to No. 4 on iTunes and keeps bleeding sales. We are told that Lady Gaga had a near nervous breakdown this weekend, but her management persuaded her to stay away from Twitter. All the tweets that have come from Lady Gaga over the past couple of days have come from her PR team. She has even threatened to fire her manager Bobby Campbell, who has told her to wait and be patient.
You may ask why this is the only site that is writing about all this. We want to know the same thing. Lady Gaga and Billboard‘s unethical relationship should be the biggest scandal in music history, but you won’t be hearing about it in many places. The reason comes down to one symbol: $.