...As a producer who kind of specializes in sampling - No, I don't know what you're talking about. They really don't care. The general consensus in 2013 is that music is promotional tool only and that it doesn't matter if you've got uncleared samples when you're building an artist.
See, the difference is that a lot of artists sample for cred and those songs aren't the actual hits - they just enable them. This means that there's no Bitter Sweet Symphony-style risk involved.
well i guess he'll just have to pay them then in order to keep the song. it's already out there, you know?
(sidenote: I totally didn't know that Abel is a dick.)
No, its not that simple.
He filed a request and got denied. Simply paying for it now is not enough. The artist doesn't care about people hearing it - he cares about his own integrity. They've cleared samples before, plenty of times.