I guess I would call myself a casual music fan because I would never even consider doing the following. I've seen this on several pop artist websites so I'm not just singling out this one performer. Today I went to a fan site for an artist who has a CD coming out tomorrow. The opening message says to "make sure and go out and buy numerous copies of her Cd tomorrow for family and friends so the CD will go to number one". Who would be so crazy and self centered as to buy mass copies of an album then hand them out to family and friends in order to make that CD move more copies and have a higher chart stat? The fan site also has a message board where fans are calling US radio stations from other states and even from other countries (like Germany) to make sure her song makes it big on U.S. radio. The German fan (in particular) was bragging about how large his long distance bill was from calling U.S. radio stations day after day requesting this song. He isn't even going to hear it so what is the point? Is this why I can never find anyone who actually likes most of the songs played on pop radio. Is it just a small group of lunatic fans harrassing DJ's all day into playing music no one wants to hear? What kind of person can spend 24/7 doing this type of stuff? It just seems so pointless and dishonest.