CMJ Taking Flak For Certain Damage Chart Positioning





Indie music mainstay CMJ is under fire for alleged chart rigging after news came out that anytime a college playlist was submitted with a record CMJ couldn't confirm, the spot on the playlist was substituted with CMJ's own Certain Damage compilation. The magazine's head, Robert Haber, told the New York Post that they put in a "placeholder" when they were unsure of the album on the station's chart, even though the stations were paying MJ for their chart's inclusion in the key publication. Haber said this insertion was necessary, otherwise rendering the chart useless, but stated there was no intentional evil behind using his own compilation as the "placeholder," a compilation labels pay up to $3000 for song placement.

Haber has since apologized to the stations, saying it will not happen again and writing the following in a letter to all the stations on the panel: "As to the allegations that there was some sinister motive behind this utilizing Certain Damage as a placeholder let me say - and I cannot be any more emphatic about this- that was not done to promote, or benefit in any way, Certain Damage."



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CMJ Taking Flak For Certain Damage Chart Positioning