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
: undercover or indirect payment (as to a disc jockey) for a commercial favor (as for promoting a particular recording)
Examples of payola in a sentence
These radio disc jockeys accepted payola to play particular songs.
payola in the music industry
Origin of payola
1pay + -ola (as in Pianola, trademark for a player piano)
First Known Use: 1938
Legal Definition of payola
: a secret or indirect payment (as to a disc jockey) for a commercial favor (as for promoting a particular record)
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