From Washington Post, by Adam Pasick and Kenneth Li:
"EMI Group PLC , the world's third-largest music company, on Friday said it and other music companies faced a New York probe into how music companies influence what songs are played on the radio.
"We are cooperating fully with this inquiry, which is at a preliminary stage," EMI said in a statement.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who has already taken on the investment banking, mutual funds and insurance sectors, has served subpoenas against Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, EMI and Warner Music, sources familiar with the matter said, confirming a report in the New York Times."
Spitzer has requested information on the companies' relationships with independent promoters who serve as middlemen between music companies and radio stations, one source familiar with the matter said, confirming reports.
The investigation revisits a decades-old practice of employing middlemen to sidestep U.S. laws restricting the bribing of broadcasters to air particular songs without disclosing this to listeners. "