In what is being called the largest scam in music labels ever prosecuted, wealthy parents, Hollywood actors, and actresses, and music label executives have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get music producers onto dance music’s largest music labels.
The scheme had a couple of major pieces. In the first part of the scam, parents allegedly paid ghost producers to write and produce songs on behalf of their kids. Second, the organization allegedly bribed the largest music labels to help place the producer’s songs on their labels, prosecutors said.
Court documents also allege that some defendants created fake bios for producers to make them appear as successful music producers.
In the $25 million scam, most kids said that they didn’t even like the labels or dance music in the first place.
The fallout was swift as many of the music labels have either fired or placed their employees on administrative leave.