Commercial Appeal

Watch Charli XCX And Bleachers Cover Each Other’s Songs In A Kia

By Chris DeVille / December 11, 2014 - 5:28 pm

For some reason, Kia has commissioned Charli XCX and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff to sing each other’s songs for a new ad campaign called In-Ride Sessions. Antonoff sings Charli’s “Break The Rules” while they cruise through a neon dreamworld in a Kia, then she sings Bleachers’ “Rollercoaster” (which has now been part of two major adMore »

Watch Nirvana & Paul McCartney’s “Cut Me Some Slack” In A Ralph Lauren Ad

By Tom Breihan / December 11, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Hey, remember when Nirvana reunited, except with Paul McCartney standing in for Kurt Cobain, and they recorded a song called “Cut Me Some Slack“? No? You have no memory of that happening? Well, it happened. I promise. They were on SNL and everything. And as further evidence that this song actually exists, Ralph Lauren cologne… More »

Hear Two Unreleased Wild Beasts Songs In A “GIF-Novel” From Jameson

By James Rettig / December 10, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Wild Beasts have teamed up with French artist Mattis Dovier to create a graphic novel made entirely of GIFs. The project was created for The Jameson Works, a portfolio of artistic works sponsored by the whiskey company. Two new Wild Beasts songs — “Soft Future” and “Blood Knowledge” — soundtrack the novel, which you navigate… More »

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Cinematic Reebok Ad

By Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 9:09 am

You know a rapper has reached a rarefied level of fame when a goddam sneaker company is enlisting him for a commercial. It’s not exactly a surprise that Kendrick Lamar is a star on the rise, but it’s still striking to see Reebok devote considerable resources to a three-minute ad starring the guy. Music-video director… More »

Watch Chanel’s “Reincarnation” Short Starring Pharrell & Cara Delevingne

By Chris DeVille / December 2, 2014 - 10:44 am

Pharrell is everywhere now, so why not opposite supermodel Cara Delevingne in a Chanel short film by Karl Lagerfeld? “Reincarnation” features the superstar duo dancing in an old-fashioned ballroom dressed up in splendorous formal attire. They also sing a very pretty duet that matches ancient pop stylings with a slick modern beat. Géraldine Chaplin also… More »

Acura’s Got A Commercial With Julian Casablancas Music, Too

By James Rettig / November 28, 2014 - 3:44 pm

A song from the Strokes recently showed up in a commercial for the Volkswagen Golf, and it looks like another car company has snagged the honor of a Julian Casablancas-performed song to soundtrack their ad. Acura’s new holiday commercial uses Casablancas’ cover of “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” the Saturday Night Live recurring classic… More »

Watch Bleachers’ Apple Pay Ad

By Chris DeVille / November 24, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Back when Apple pulled that whole U2 stunt, they also announced Apple Pay, a way to pay for products using your phone instead of a credit card. Bleachers star in Chase’s new ad for the service. Jack Antonoff’s band is pictured putting on a rooftop concert and paying for all necessary measures — guitar tune-up,… More »

Watch The Strokes’ “Reptilia” Soundtrack A Volkswagen Golf Family Commercial

By James Rettig / November 24, 2014 - 8:46 am

The Strokes are no strangers to having their songs appear in commercials, but their latest placement is especially telling after Julian Casablancas made it clear last month that he was over New York City (and brunch) and that he had just moved out to the suburbs. Room On Fire track “Reptilia” soundtracks a new Volkswage… More »

Watch DJ Shadow Soundtrack A Chevy Ad

By Chris DeVille / November 17, 2014 - 10:47 am

While watching college football this weekend I noticed a familiar piano figure soundtracking a car commercial. Indeed, there was DJ Shadow’s “Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt,” the opening salvo from the 1996 classic Endtroducing… DJ Shadow, selling Chevy trucks. Can’t hate on Shadow for getting that GM bailout money, but as someone o… More »

Watch Weird Al Star In A Commercial For Radio Shack, Which Still Exists

By Chris DeVille / November 12, 2014 - 10:28 am

Radio Shack and “Weird Al” Yankovic are 1980s pop culture institutions that have survived and thrived to this day. Appropriately, they’ve teamed up for a new commercial. Yankovic — who is rocking facial hair again, in case that interests you — plays a Willy Wonka-like character guiding holiday shoppers through the magical toy land that… More »

Hear Karen O Sing “Marshmallow World” In Target’s New Christmas Ad

By James Rettig / November 11, 2014 - 10:55 am

Karen O soundtracks a new holiday commercial from Target with a modern take on the 1949 Christmas song “Marshmallow World,” which was written by Carl Sigman and composed by peter DeRose. And if I’m reading this press release from Target correctly, get used to hearing this song a lot during the coming months: apparently thi… More »

Watch Dev Hynes’ Gap Commercial & “Play Your Stripes” In The Interactive Game

By Chris DeVille / November 3, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Dev Hynes is seemingly everywhere these days, and that includes a new Gap campaign called “Play Your Stripes.” There are two components to this: (1) Hynes dances and plays the stripes of his shirt like a keyboard in a new long-form commercial that doubles as a video for Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe track “It I… More »

My Morning Jacket – “This Land Is Your Land” (Woody Guthrie Cover)

By Maggie Stamets / October 27, 2014 - 2:48 pm

My Morning Jacket recorded a cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” as a part of North Face’s “Your Land” campaign. The folk classic — which MMJ frontman Jim James calls “the most eternal song when it comes to America” — provides a moving soundtrack for the North Face TV spot. James say… More »

Watch Eleanor Friedberger’s Lucky Brand Jeans Spot

By James Rettig / October 27, 2014 - 10:11 am

Eleanor Friedberger is the subject of a new commercial for Lucky Brand Jeans for their #standout campaign. The Fiery Furnaces singer stars in a commercial and appears in a few photos for the clothing company. She begins the ad by taking about herself in the third-person, which is a weird thing to do: “Eleanor Friedberger… More »

Hear Taylor Swift’s “Style” Debut In A Target Commercial & See 1989‘s Tracklist

By Tom Breihan / October 22, 2014 - 2:57 pm

If you’ve been hearing a distant rumble, or noticing animals getting agitated, or perhaps seeing weather patterns doing strange things, you are right to be alarmed. We are five days away from Tayor Swift releasing her new album 1989 and dominating popular music for the foreseeable future. Taylor has already unleashed three songs, in their… More »

Ringo Starr Is The New Face Of Skechers

By James Rettig / October 21, 2014 - 9:19 am

Ringo Starr is officially the new face of Skechers. According to a press release, the Beatles drummer “will be bringing his legendary talent and style” to the Skechers line of Relaxed Fit shoes. Starr will join an esteemed group of endorsers that includes Britney Spears, Joe Namath, Pete Rose, and Mariano Rivera, all of whom… More »

Watch FKA Twigs’ “Concept Film” For Google Glass

By James Rettig / October 20, 2014 - 11:46 am

FKA Twigs stars in and directs a new video called “#throughglass” that acts as both an impressive showcase for Tahliah Barnett’s dancing and a weird commercial for Google Glass, which is featured prominently in the visuals. (They call it a “concept film.”) Twigs is joined by an cadre of dancers who all have some crazy… More »

Watch Bun B In A Toothpaste Commercial

By James Rettig / October 9, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Houston rapper Bun B makes an appearance in a recent advertisement for Rembrandt, a teeth whitening company. He acknowledges the absurdity right of the bat: “I am probably not the normal person that you’d see in a toothpaste ad.” He stars in the commercial alongside Marvel comics editor Sana Amanat and Top Chef winner Kriste… More »

U2 & Lykke Li Song Sneaked Into Walking Dead Promos

By James Rettig / October 6, 2014 - 6:27 pm

The Walking Dead‘s fifth season premieres this Sunday, and a couple of new teaser trailers use the U2/Lykke Li collab “The Troubles” from last month’s Songs Of Innocence. In the past, the zombie show has used songs from Waxahatchee, A.C. Newman, Phantogram, and a bunch more on a soundtrack series called Songs Of Survival. Watch… More »

Watch The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Soundtrack A Hershey’s Commercial

By Peter Helman / October 6, 2014 - 10:40 am

Have you ever listened to the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and thought, “Gee, this would be really great for selling chocolate?” Well, someone over at Hershey’s clearly has, because there’s a new Hershey’s commercial soundtracked by the joyously infectious single “Simple And Sure” off the indie-pop crew’s newest album, Days Of Abandon. It… More »

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