Earlier this morning, the RIAA, along with ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC unanimously came to an agreement that beginning next month, all Top 40 songs must meet a new requirement of having at least 5 different chords in the song.
This new ruling would effectively eliminate all current pop songs from obtaining airplay.
A spokesperson for RIAA was quoted as saying, “after seeing the country music mashup on YouTube, it became clear that songs need just one more chord to be appropriate for radio.”
The new requirement will open doors for new artists, songwriters, and producers, as current industry professionals will have difficulty adjusting to the new format.
During this morning’s press conference, a reporter asked, “but where will this end? Will you go as far to allow 6 chords?” No comment was offered.