For Only $1,200, Your Crappy Band Can Seem Really Popular On MySpace

wantmorepromo.gifSeeing as how MySpace popularity is still being used by some as a benchmark of future musical success–even though the site doesn’t really have a hold on the concept of what an “indie” label is–there are now companies out there that are expressly designed to inflate bands’ “played” count to new, absurd heights. (If you can’t trust a band’s MySpace play count, what is left in the world?) One of those companies is Want More PROMO?, a Florida-based outfit that claims to have “signed artists” among its ranks and that incorrectly figured hip-hop artist Sage Francis for someone who’d shell out $1,200 for 430,000 fake plays a month. The person behind Francis’ MySpace page played along with the company’s solicitations, then posted the pitch to Francis’ official site in order to tell the world about yet another dark side of social networking. Warning: Reading these solicitations will make you fear for the future of the U.S. economy and humanity.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 1, 2008 2:58 PM

Do you guys need help accumulating plays and views mainly…. anyways, if you would, let us know. we’re cheap compared to the rest of the guys who rip people off.

Alright, upfront, the more you buy, the cheaper it gets.
$25 for a thousand plays/views for one day only
$75 for a thousand plays/views per day for a week
$100 for 2000 plays/views everyday for a week
$150 for 5000 plays/views everyday for a week
$200 for 10,000 plays/views everyday for a week

Let me know if you’re interested.
get back to us, also we can work out different prices for how many plays you want per day and same with views. like if you wanted 10 thousand of each per day, etc. just let us know and we’ll work it out with you
Basically if you tell us how many you want per day, etc, we can do that, within reason, or atleast, work up to that point, and we can work with you guys.
We’d love to help out and work with you guys.
Give us an add while you’re at it too
Contact us here or at wantmoreplays@gmail.com

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 01/01/2008

yes!!!

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 1, 2008 8:19 PM

Which plan would you like to start with?

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 01/01/2008

whichever one I can benefit most from

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 2, 2008 3:13 PM

Whats your budget?

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 02/01/2008

Budget is no object.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 2, 2008 8:12 PM

These are the promotion packages we offer to bigger artists:

MONTHLY RATES:
PROMOTION 1: 400$
5,000 a day for 1 month – Total plays a month: 150,000
PROMOTION PACK 2: 800$
10,000 plays a day for 1 month – Total Plays a month : 300,000
PROMOTION PACK 3 : 1,200
15,000 plays a day for 1 month – Total Plays a month : 430,000 for a month

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 03/01/2008

I’m gonna have to go with that. Thank you.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 3, 2008 2:41 PM

Which package?

400$
5,000 a day for 1 month – Total plays a month: 150,000

800$
10,000 plays a day for 1 month – Total Plays a month : 300,000

1,200$
15,000 plays a day for 1 month – Total Plays a month : 430,000 for a month

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 03/01/2008

yes, the one for bigger artists! I’m ready to go on this.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 3, 2008 9:43 PM

1,200$
15,000 plays a day for 1 month – Total Plays a month : 430,000 for a month

Send the money to: wantmoreplays@gmail.com

You can send $600 for the first 2 weeks. Then $600 more for the following 2 weeks unless you want to pay all at once.

WE GAURANTEE 430,000 PLAYS FOR THE MONTH!

We accept Pay Pal. We’re ready when you are.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 03/01/2008

OK. I’m willing to do this. But do you think if I paid someone I know to check my site multiple times a day I might be able to get close to that many listens? I only ask because I know so many people who could do so much with money like that. I don’t want to just throw this budget around like crazy.

Ready to move.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 4, 2008 8:38 AM

You can pick a smaller promotion package to start with if you doubt our work. No one can sit there and give you plays all day because their IP Adress is detected and myspace doesnt allow that.

15,000 plays a day. 430,000 plays for the month!!!

or $1200 is a good price. All the signed artists that contact us use this plan. Its on you. Let me know when you’re ready.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 04/01/2008

well it’s kind of important that it looks like more people listen to my music than actually do. You know that that kind of stuff actually matters especially here on myspace. So tell me what I have to do because it feels like I’ve got something burning in my pocket.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 4, 2008 10:23 AM

I will give you a free trial sample. 3000 plays!!!

1000 views!!!

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 04/01/2008

wow. How can you even afford to give away stuff like that? Shit, mate. Let’s do it.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 4, 2008 10:35 AM

Well I want to show you that we’re the real deal!

Once I receive the the first payment of $600 we’ll get started.

wantmoreplays@gmail.com

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 04/01/2008

ok let’s get this rolling. I’m waiting for those free listens just to see if this actually works before I shell over so much money. If you know what I’m saying. But I’m pumped about this. About time someone offers this service.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Date: Jan 5, 2008 7:14 AM

We’re ready when you’re ready!

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: 05/01/2008

I’m ready. I’m already telling my friends about this. All of us could use a boost. So lets do it already. Hook it up.

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From: Want More PROMO?
Jan 5, 2008 9:17 AM

We gave you 3000 plays yesterday! Sorry thats more then we give anybody for a free trial. Once we receive the money, we can get started on the monthly plan

Artists Can Pay To Increase Myspace Play Stats [donewaiting.com]

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  • SuperUnison

    That was a quality scam. It’s no baiting, but quality nonetheless.

  • ragandboneshop

    “we’re cheap compared to the rest of the guys who rip people off.”

  • parallelliott

    say what you will, but i paid a similar company a lot of money to boost up my play counts, and now i’m pretty sure i’ll be getting signed any day.

    for realz: [www.myspace.com]

  • Tenno

    Gee, maybe they’d do better if they targeted someone less known, oh but wait…. those people have no money lol!

  • AL

    @parallelliott: I’m still waiting for my check.

  • bcapirigi

    i was going to say something about how sage francis had, like, three times the number of friends and 10 times the number of plays of anybody else in rhode island. but then i just searched to check, and, um, apparently there’s only 32 artists in the state anymore and none of them have more than about 300 friends. sorry, kristin hersh and the talking heads!