DJs bought their own music on iTunes to boost chart rating… w/ stolen credit cards
“A group of DJs allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy their own songs on iTunes and Amazon, boosting their chart ratings and netting them nearly £200,000 in royalties.
The nine musicians are believed to have provided 19 songs, described by police as of ‘indeterminate quality’, to a distribution company which uploaded them to the music websites.
They then used 1,500 stolen or cloned US and British credit cards to buy almost £500,000-worth of the songs.
As the tunes soared up the charts, more and more people bought them and the DJs even came to the attention of big record producers – until they were arrested yesterday. [Metro.co.uk]
I’ve wondered about this before – not buying your own music with stolen credit cards, but buying your own music at all to boost yourself into the charts. In this day and age when you only need to sell 30,000 records to be in the Billboard Top 10, it seems reasonable to believe that others have at least considered it.