- the practice of paying bribes or graft for commercial advantage or special favors, as to a disc jockey for unfairly promoting one recording over others
- this kind of bribe or graft
Origin of payolapay + -ola, as in Pianola (former trademark for a player piano) from source Tin Pan Alley pianola, slang term for the music business
- Payment of a party, especially a disc jockey or radio station, for the promotion of a product or service, such as a commercial musical recording, without making the legally required disclosure of sponsorship.
- The money used to make such payment.
Origin of payolaProbably pay(off) + -ola, suff.; see crapola.
(countable and uncountable, plural payolas)