Commercial Appeal

Watch Dr. Dre & Kendrick Lamar Preview A New Song In Beats By Dre Commercial

By Tom Breihan / December 6, 2013
We're about to make it to the end of a calendar year in which none of the Black Hippy dudes released a new album even though they seemed to dominate rap in some very important ways. And now Kendrick Lamar has ascended to the place where he shows up in TV commercials, which is good… More »

Vic Mensa & Clams Casino – “Egyptian Cotton” Video

By Tom Breihan / December 3, 2013
As part of a recent promotional push, HP Computers hired the Chicago rap youngster (and recent Mixtape Of The Week honoree) Vic Mensa and visionary producer Clams Casino to head into the studio together and make a song. They had two days to make a song and a video and to decorate the studio,… More »

Instrumental Pixies Cover Soundtracks Errol Morris-Directed Unilever Commercial

By Chris DeVille / December 2, 2013
"Why bring a child into this world?" asks Errol Morris's ad for Unilever's new global sustainability initiative -- the answer being that together we can create solutions to maintain a healthy environment for every kid on the planet. The four-minute clip is full of expectant parents voicing their hopes and fears, and it's immensely affecting… More »

Watch Autre Ne Veut Soundtrack A Victoria’s Secret Commercial

By Miles Bowe / November 21, 2013
The genius of Autre Ne Veut's Anxiety is summed up pretty well on "Counting." It subtly blended dissonant electronics with smooth pop R&B, while Arthur Ashin, despite his sexy delivery, sang about his fears of losing his grandmother in her old age. It's heavy stuff, but it's heavy stuff you can grind to. Now Victoria'… More »

Hear Lily Allen Cover Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” For A John Lewis Commercial

By Tom Breihan / November 8, 2013
The great tough-chick British pop singer Lily Allen released her second album It's Not Me, It's You in 2009, and then she pretty much entirely backed out of the game, having two kids and leaving music behind completely. She returned to the stage at a Paris fashion show earlier this year, but we haven't… More »

Watch David Bowie In Louis Vuitton’s L’Invitation Au Voyage

By Tom Breihan / November 7, 2013
David Bowie, who's been awfully busy lately, is the star of a new short film called L'Invitation Au Voyage, which doubles as an advertisement for Louis Vuitton. Romain Gavras, who's made great music videos for Justice and for M.I.A., directed it. The American model Arizona Muse (no really, that's her name) plays a lady… More »

LCD Soundsystem Soundtrack Samsung Galaxy Gear Commercial

By Liz Pelly / October 13, 2013
Samsung has some sort of new smartphone wristwatch. It sort of reminds me of something Judy Jetson would be into. To advertise this little gadget they have a new commercial made of retro-futuristic clips of '80s and '90s TV and film characters utilizing similar products. LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great" soundtracks the ad. Check it out… More »

Boards Of Canada Soundtrack Nike Commercial

By Miles Bowe / October 11, 2013
Boards Of Canada finally came out of hiding this year with Tomorrow's Harvest and now they seem to be enjoying the spotlight. Nike has a lengthy new spot soundtracked by the album's lead track "Reach For The Dead." BoC may be mysterious but they've always been very open to licensing their music: We've previously heard… More »

Watch Kids Sing Lorde’s “Royals” In A Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Commercial With Lionel Messi

By Chris DeVille / October 9, 2013
This is where I'd say "Lorde, Lorde!" if the "e" wasn't silent. Lorde's "Royals" has been just about everywhere lately, and now we've officially moved on to the Kidz Bop version. Well, not quite -- kids do sing the song in this video, but it's a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 commercial starring… More »

David Bowie – “Sound And Vision 2013″

By Tom Breihan / October 8, 2013
Earlier this year, Sony used a new remix of David Bowie's "Sound And Vision," from his 1977 undisputed-classic album Low, in an ad for their new Xperia Z smartphone. Remixer Sonjay Prabhakar reworked the song from its original tapes, stripping it down to nothing more than voice and piano. And enough people liked the… More »

Preview Warpaint’s “Love Is To Die” In A Calvin Klein Commercial

By Miles Bowe / October 3, 2013
Warpaint, who we last heard contributing to this fantastic cover of the xx's "Crystalised," have a new original song "Love Is To Die" in a Calvin Klein commercial. It's a good sign that we can expect the band's next album (their first since 2010's The Fool) pretty soon. In addition to this song preview,… More »

Sleigh Bells Soundtrack The First iPhone 5c Commercial

By Scott Lapatine / September 17, 2013
Apple's iPhone 5C model hits stores on Friday. It's $100 cheaper than the iPhone 5S because it's made out of plastic. It also comes in a bunch of bright colors. The first commercial for the 5c -- "Plastic Perfected" -- is soundtracked by "Rill Rill," by Sleigh Bells, who also have new product out… More »

Hear Fiona Apple Cover Willy Wonka‘s “Pure Imagination” For Chipotle

By Claire Lobenfeld / September 12, 2013
Fiona Apple has covered Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination" in collaboration with Mexican fast food chain Chipotle in a campaign against factory farming. Apple, who is a known vegan, soundtracks an animated clip of a world where "scarecrows have been displaced from their traditional role of protecting food, and are now servants to the crows and… More »

Watch Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Teasers

By Tom Breihan / August 26, 2013
Eminem was a star before he released the raw, masterful Marshall Mathers LP in 2000, but that's the album that catapulted him into stratospheric cultural omnipresence. And later this year, he'll follow it up with a sequel, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Em made the announcement during last night's VMA broadcast, advertising the new… More »

Watch Taco Bell’s Passion Pit Documentary

By Liz Pelly / August 25, 2013
As you may recall, about one year ago Taco Bell released a commercial featuring the Passion Pit song "Take A Walk." Some fans criticized the band, as might be expected whenever artists align with huge corporations. But Passion Pit defended the decision: "It’s not about promoting celebrities or giant corporations or anything like that,"… More »

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs Soundtrack A Calvin Klein Commercial Starring Rooney Mara

By Amrit Singh / July 10, 2013
According to the signs posted at Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows, Nick, Brian, and Karen are highly against people filming while YYYs music is being played. Of course, those are live show rules, and certainly don't apply if the man doing the filming is internationally acclaimed director David Fincher, who re-teams with his Girl WithMore »

Jay-Z Announces Magna Carta Holy Grail Via Samsung Commercial

By Tom Breihan / June 17, 2013
I'm not sure it's possible to steal Kanye West's thunder at this point, but if it is, his buddy Jay-Z just did it. Just as last night's NBA Finals game was going into halftime, Samsung aired a three-minute commercial that centered entirely around Jay and some famous friends at work in the studio. The commercial… More »

Watch DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Trash Talk, Charli XCX In A Myspace Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / June 12, 2013
The Justin Timberlake-co-owned new Myspace apparently launched today, despite the fact that registration has already been opened to the public and the editorial has been delivering a lot of content. For today's official opening ceremony, the site has released two commercials directed by photographer Ryan McGinley. The ads feature a ton of musicians partying, like… More »

Watch Carrie Brownstein’s American Express Commercial

By Tom Breihan / May 17, 2013
Carrie Brownstein spent years as one third of Sleater-Kinney, arguably the greatest punk band in the world. During that time, it would've been a real head-exploder to imagine her in a credit card commercial. But Brownstein is now a sketch-comedy celebrity thanks to Portlandia, and in a new American Express ad, she plays a successio… More »

Watch Wilco’s Glenn Kotche In A Faucet Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / May 9, 2013
Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche has taken his rhythm skills to the kitchen. In a new commercial for Delta Faucets' "Touch2O Technology" -- no faucet handles, just give it a smack and the water flow turns on or off -- Kotche is featured using a set of faucets set up like a drumset to play Four… More »

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