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payola

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noun pay·o·la \pā-ˈō-lə\

Simple Definition of payola

  • : money that is paid to someone for illegally helping to sell or advertise a product

  • : the illegal practice of giving or receiving payola

Full Definition of payola

  1. :  undercover or indirect payment (as to a disc jockey) for a commercial favor (as for promoting a particular recording)

Examples of payola

  1. These radio disc jockeys accepted payola to play particular songs.

  2. payola in the music industry



Origin of payola

1pay + -ola (as in Pianola, trademark for a player piano)


First Known Use: 1938


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