According to CBS Local website radio.com, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams remembers exactly where she was the first time she heard one of her band’s tunes played on the radio, and added that it is still a thrill every time the experience is repeated.
She said she and the band were on their way from the stage to their bus when a local Detroit radio station premiered its “Misery Business.”
Williams told radio.com, “We opened up all the windows and let all the fans listen to it, and we just partied.”
The experience hasn’t gotten old, she said. “Every time I hear it, I blast it out like I’m the biggest Paramore fan in the world.”
RBR-TVBR observation: These hardly sound like the words of an artist furious that her work is being stolen by radio.
It sounds more like the words of an artist who realizes that radio airplay means recording sales, ticket sales and paraphernalia sales. Radio airplay has monetary value. Although the exact value is difficult if not impossible to quantify, it is clearly a lot easier for a band or solo artist to succeed with airplay than without it.