Fergie, Mary J. Blige fight for radio compensation

"First, their concerns for background singers and musicians and older legacy artists who need to be fairly compensated," he said. "Second, their willingness to sit down with radio to work out a solution; and third, if radio still refuses to talk, their commitment to take the fight to Washington."

Broadcasters argue playing the songs is free promotion for the singers, which leads to other money-making gigs. Songwriters, on the other hand, don't get any of the limelight, which is why they receive royalties.

Satellite radio, internet radio and cable TV music channels are already required to compensate performers.

Take a look at my post from yesterday about the music industry's overall decline in music sales.