Byrne performs Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” with Tift Merritt and others in support of the Content Creators Coalition “Artists’ Pay For Radio Play” @ Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, 02/25/14
Mr. Markie didn’t write that tune (although he did probably write the rap). The drum and keyboard loop was lifted from a Freddie Scott recording, but the song was written by Gamble and Huff, the great songwriting team that wrote for The O’Jays and The Spinners. So chances are Biz Markie didn’t see any royalties from all the radio play that song got.
In the U.S., unlike most other countries, performers don’t get paid when their work is played on radio. Many of us think this is a good time to change that.
Sign the CCC-NYC Petition for Artists’ Pay for Radio Play here: