I've always wondered how recording artists are compensated for their work above and beyond the amount negotiated contractually with a record company for each album released. I know that organizations such as BMI and ASCAP exist, at least in part, to handle this sort of thing, but I'm speaking specifically of what happens, say, when a particular Beatles song is played on the radio, an event which has obviously transpired literally millions of times. Are meticulous records/logs kept by the station, somehow transmitted to BMI/ASCAP, and monies paid to MPL Communications (Paul) and the Estate of John Lennon, for example? If so, who pays? (Clearly, a song's composer is entitled to royalties in a different manner than are the other group members who simply played on the recording.) This whole scenario seems highly unlikely, yet I seem to remember being told this many years ago. Could someone with knowledge of this process explain it to me? Thanks very much.