Commercial Appeal

Pixies Soundtrack “Gigantic” iPhone Commercial

If the 2014-edition Pixies are in full cash-in mode, which seems like a definite possibility, then it is absolutely no surprise to see them licensing…
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2014 - 10:14 am
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Sprint Brazenly Rips Off The Cure’s “Lullaby” In Its Goth-Themed Framily Commercial

When a company can't get the rights to a song that they want to use for a commercial, the go-to move nowadays seems to be…
James Rettig | April 21, 2014 - 4:19 pm
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Check Out Marnie Stern’s Levi’s Ad

We recently saw Marnie Stern keeping up an old musical partnership by sitting in with Fred Armisen's 8G Band on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Chris DeVille | April 15, 2014 - 2:18 pm
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Watch Heems’ Japanese Commercial For Vitamin Water

In our recent interview with Himanshu Suri, the rapper and former Das Racist member mentioned that he'd been bouncing around different parts of Asia, going…
Miles Bowe | April 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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Watch M.I.A. And Janelle Monáe’s Bicoastal Hologram Duet For Audi

Last night, M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe played shows at simultaneous launch events for Audi's new A3. M.I.A. was in New York, and Monáe was i…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2014 - 8:48 am
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Check Out HAIM In A Nike Soccer Ad

Haim recently lent their effervescent monster jam "Forever" to a Target commercial, and now the sisters can be seen mean-mugging while wearing US Soccer's World…
Chris DeVille | April 3, 2014 - 1:31 pm
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M.I.A. And Janelle Monaé To Perform Hologram Duet For Audi

We can debate in circles about the unholy intersection of music and business, but in this instance the combination might be producing something cool. Janelle…
Chris DeVille | April 2, 2014 - 1:34 pm
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Janelle Monáe – “Heroes” (David Bowie Cover)

David Bowie's "Heroes" is one of those all-time world-stopping rock anthems, and it makes sense that Pepsi might want to tap some of its grandeur…
Tom Breihan | April 2, 2014 - 9:35 am
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Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, & Diplo Write A Song For Converse

Converse do a good job of integrating their brand among music types. If you’re at SXSW next week, for instance, you will see no shortage…
Michael Nelson | March 7, 2014 - 11:32 am
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Watch Justin Vernon Star In A Promo For Red Wing Boots

Justin Vernon lives in Wisconsin, which means he's buried under a shit-ton of snow much of the year, and he needs a sturdy pair of…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2014 - 11:35 am
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Watch A$AP Rocky Play Football With Models In A DKNY Ad

Before scoring his internet-rap breakthrough, A$AP Rocky worked as a model. And in a new DKNY commercial, Rocky returns to his model roots, playing football…
Tom Breihan | January 30, 2014 - 10:08 am

Bob Dylan Hooks Up With Chobani & Chrysler For Super Bowl Ads

You wouldn't think Bob Dylan was hurting for either money or attention, but he'll get plenty this Sunday when he's prominently featured in two different…
Tom Breihan | January 29, 2014 - 10:19 am
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Hear Tegan And Sara’s Oreo Jingle

So Oreos is introducing some new flavors beyond just the original cream and the crack-level-addictive mint: Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy. If anyone can sell…
Tom Breihan | January 23, 2014 - 3:32 pm
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Yoplait Offers Totally Unnecessary Apology For Using “Hungry Like The Wolf” In A Yogurt Commercial

Here's an odd case that mixes music licensing with murder and intrigue, much like sprinkling granola into a plastic cup full of fermented dairy product.
Chris DeVille | January 13, 2014 - 12:13 pm
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Hear Cat Power Sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” In An Apple Commercial

Collisions between indie rock and the advertising world are commonplace now, and today we get Chan Marshall singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" i…
Miles Bowe | December 17, 2013 - 2:33 pm
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Watch Lou Reed’s Parrot Zik Headphones Commercial

We've mentioned several times that Lou Reed's last public act before his death was that glowing review of Yeezus. His last filmed interview, though, wa…
Chris DeVille | December 11, 2013 - 2:28 pm
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Watch Lykke Li Soundtrack Ed Norton’s Weird Droid Commercial

I watched a LOT of football this weekend, and in between all the exhilarating collegiate conference championship games and wild snow-addled NFL action and agonizing…
Chris DeVille | December 9, 2013 - 11:33 am

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

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 eve…
Tom Breihan | December 6, 2013 - 9:22 am
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Vic Mensa & Clams Casino – “Egyptian Cotton” Video

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…
Tom Breihan | December 3, 2013 - 9:22 am
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Instrumental Pixies Cover Soundtracks Errol Morris-Directed Unilever Commercial

"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 ca…
Chris DeVille | December 2, 2013 - 12:41 pm
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