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TheBig3 04-29-2007 08:48 PM

Selling Out
 
I meant to post this forever ago, but im lazy...

Recently, John Mellancamp told Rolling Stone that he had sold one of his new songs to a television advertisement because doing so got him more air play than any radio station would. In the article he also mentioned that Tom Petty's most recent release "Highway Companion" was an amazing release that radio stations wouldn't touch.

With more and more radio companies hiring "trend trackers", are televised ad's a freer market than the radio? And if this is the case, should we redefine what many would have once considered "selling out?"

TheBig3 05-09-2007 08:06 AM

Ok how about something you won't have to read...

Will television become a viable option for musicians to get exposure with advertising supporting them?

MityJ 05-09-2007 10:33 AM

I think commercials have been doing that for some time now. I have heard songs in commercials and then researched to find out what they were. I do the same with indie films.

cardboard adolescent 05-09-2007 12:24 PM

I can't be bothered to think about what you're actually asking, but I do recall a lawsuit within the Dead Kennedys over the right to use Holiday in Cambodia in a commercial; Jello refused and the rest of the band wanted to make money off of royalties.

So if you asked Jello, selling your songs for commercials would be considered selling out. Plus, there's the additional fact that you're selling the rights to use your song directly to a corporation, as opposed to a radiostation (who probably have corporate sponsors anyway), and if you're against that kind of thing I could see how that might be troublesome.

I don't remember the question. But there's an opinion about something.

TheBig3 05-09-2007 08:10 PM

Whatever, we're getting toward intelligent discussion.

cardboard adolescent 05-09-2007 08:12 PM

Another remark: I've noticed that some commercials have started putting the name of the artist and the song up while the commercial is playing. I noticed some commercial with Mika in it do that.

TheBig3 05-09-2007 08:16 PM

How do you feel about Mika?

cardboard adolescent 05-09-2007 08:19 PM

Pretty freakin catchy, though after listening to his album for two weeks or so I got tired of most of the songs.

TheBig3 05-09-2007 08:21 PM

I wondered if it was just me. It seems like he channels Freddy (sp?) too much and because oh that he doesn't know how to be Freddy, and to what to degree, so it often comes off forced.

Trauma 05-09-2007 09:13 PM

"All You Need Is Love" by Lennon was on a Visa or Mastercard commercial.

I don't agree with bands selling themselves to corporations for profit.


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