Commercial Appeal

Preview Beyoncé’s “Standing On The Sun” In H&M Commercial

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2013
Earlier this month, Beyoncé debuted a minute-and-a-half chunk of her new song "Grown Woman" in a Pepsi ad. Apparently, that strategy worked so well that she's already repeated it, except this time with a different brand attached. This time, it's 90 seconds of the sinuous "Standing On The Sun," heard in the background of… More »

Watch A Givers-Soundtracked Lipton Commercial

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 15, 2013
We haven't heard much from Givers lately, but the Louisiana-based band is resurfacing in a Lipton commercial. The group's stand-out track "Up Up Up" starts playing as a man cracks open his iced tea on a bustling city street -- suddenly, the masses become inexplicably joyous. It's a 15-second dance party in the… More »

Preview Beyoncé’s “Grown Woman” In New Pepsi Commercial

By Tom Breihan / April 4, 2013
Last month, Beyoncé effectively ripped faces off with her bizarre and excellent new single "Bow Down / I Been On." And now she's following that up with something that seems much more conventional: A way-more-linear new single, debuting in a Pepsi ad. The new song is the Timbaland-produced "Grown Woman," and we hear a… More »

Watch Courtney Love’s E-Cigarette Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / April 2, 2013
Seeing someone smoking an e-cigarette in a smoke-free area is still one of the weirder and more baffling things I've come across lately, like seeing a dog walking on its hind legs. I would imagine that the general consensus is that they're relatively obnoxious, so who better than Courtney Love to be the spokeswoman for… More »

Watch Tyler, The Creator’s Mountain Dew Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / March 18, 2013
Tyler, The Creator was tapped by Mountain Dew to create a series of commercials for the soft drink. This first clip features one of his pseudo-alter egos Felicia The Goat, voiced by the rapper, getting hostile with a waitress as Odd Future affiliate Errol Chatman gawks. The spot is very much in Tyler's oddball vei… More »

Hear Tame Impala Soundtrack A Blackberry Commercial

By Liz Pelly / March 17, 2013
Tame Impala's single "Elephant" from Lonerism was picked up for a Blackberry commercial. Watch the video below. In case you missed it: the band also recently released the Mind Mischief EP featuring remixes by Ducktails and The Field. More »

Watch Wayne Coyne In A Virgin Mobile Commercial

By Tom Breihan / March 13, 2013
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has really been getting his pitchman reps in lately. First, there was the Hyundai Super Bowl commercial. And now he's the focal point of a trippy-as-fuck Virgin Mobile ad, which feels like maybe the billionth example of Richard Branson attempting to convince his kids that he's cool. Watch it… More »

Andrew WK Is The Face Of Playtex Wipes

By Michael Nelson / March 6, 2013
Way before Andrew W.K. was the dude who clogged your Facebook timeline with inane PARTY TIPS, he was making some of the best music of the aughts, namely his 2001 debut I Get Wet and its follow-up, 2003's The Wolf, which were loaded with music ostensibly purposed to soundtrack -- yes -- parties, but which… More »

Lana Del Rey – “Burning Desire” Video

By Tom Breihan / February 14, 2013
Well, here's something the comments section should love. Back in September, we reported that Lana Del Rey is at the center of a new ad campaign for Jaguar's new F-Type car, and that she'd recorded a new song called "Burning Desire" for it. That song now has a video. In a lot of ways,… More »

Dan Deacon Soundtracks University Of Phoenix Commercial

By Michael Nelson / February 11, 2013
Did you know the University Of Phoenix is the largest for-profit university in the country? I didn't know that. I don't know that I've ever met anyone who has taken a class there, actually, which is really just an indicator of how small my world is sometimes. Did you also know that U-P is More »

Watch Beck Cover Bowie’s “Sound And Vision” With A 167-Piece Orchestra

By Claire Lobenfeld / February 11, 2013
There is so much going on here, I can hardly wrap my head around the whole thing. Beck and 160+ musicians have recorded a new, multi-instrument, yodel-filled version of David Bowie's "Sound And Vision." The cover has moments of awesomeness and "wow" but also feels like a scene in that episode of 30 Rock whe… More »

Watch The Flaming Lips’ Hyundai Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / January 29, 2013
Not to sound like a square, but there's something about Wayne Coyne -- especially his prowess for hanging out with "Brush My Teeth With A Bottle Of Jack" Ke$ha and overexposing Erykah Badu's sister without permission -- that screams Don't Let Kids Hang Out With The Flaming Lips. And yet, in this Hyundai commercial,… More »

Battles Soundtrack Target Commercial

By Michael Nelson / January 21, 2013
A long time ago, So You Think You Can Dance was a pretty cool show, and I used to watch it religiously. Back then, they had this one choreographer on the show named Wade Robson who created really weird routines set to really good music (here's an example), and I always hoped Robson would… More »

Check Out Sufjan’s “Redford” In A Red Bull Commercial

By Amrit Singh / January 7, 2013
From Sufjan's very own Tumblr site (aka comes news of the estimable Mr. Stevens's first post-Xmas project of the new year: Turning over the keys to "Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)" to the energy drink industry. Per Sufjan, whose spin on "selling out" is decidedly playful:… More »

Watch Best Coast’s Commercial For Microsoft Windows 8

By Michael Nelson / October 29, 2012
Last night, I was doing Google News searches for "windows" -- as in, "Should I put big Xs on my windows with duct tape, so I'm not killed in my sleep when this hurricane makes landfall and decimates New York City with 500-mph, glass-shattering, gale-force winds?" However, my search was thwarted with news of last… More »

Watch Lana Del Rey’s New Jaguar Ad, Hear “Burning Desire”

By Corban Goble / September 27, 2012
As reported before, Lana Del Rey is prominently involved with the ad campaign for Jaguar's new F-Type, and today the fruit of that relationship came into existence with a commercial. It features a new song called "Burning Desire" -- which she performed at last night's launch party in Paris -- and you can watch… More »

Watch Lana Del Rey Cover “Blue Velvet” For H&M

By Corban Goble / September 17, 2012
As promised, Lana Del Rey recently covered Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris's famous "Blue Velvet" for H&M's new ad campaign which stars LDR. Today, a piece of that campaign surfaced via a commercial, and, as you could probably imagine, the result is kind of creepy. Watch the ad below, and check out her H&M… More »

Daniel Johnston Soundtracks Axe Commercial

By Corban Goble / August 21, 2012
This ad for Axe Body Spray operates under the premise that the first thing women see, while sizing up the opposite sex, is a man's hair, and the first thing men see are a woman's breasts. It's a bit of a crude sentiment, but when you compare it to the Axe ads of yore,… More »

Sébastien Tellier & Caroline Polachek – “Side By Side”

By Tom Breihan / June 18, 2012
As a promotion for Air France -- the airline, not the defunct Balearic Swede-pop duo -- Chairlift leader Caroline Polachek and debonair French electro-pop lothario Sébastien Tellier have recorded a smooth new-wave duet called "Side By Side." And in the accompanying video, you can toggle back and forth between their two images, focusing on one… More »

Helping Beach House Plead Their Case Against Volkswagen

By Amrit Singh / June 8, 2012
Remember that VW ad that egregiously ripped off Beach House's "Take Care"? Of course you do, it is embarrassing and reprehensible on the part of the ad agency, DDB, that created it. Beach House tried to play it classy, addressing their confused fans and having them direct their anger squarely at DDB -- until… More »

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