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  • Eminem Files Lawsuit Against Audi For Soundalike TV Ad

    Rapper's publisher claims European ad uses 'Lose Yourself' without permission

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  • Eminem Enlists Infomercial Pitchman for 'Recovery' Ad

    ShamWow's Vince explains CD's alternate uses: onion chopper, cheese shaver

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  • John Lennon U.K. Car Commercial Reignites Rock in Ads Debate

    Whenever rock & roll appears in advertisements, some fans protest. A few years ago, Rolling Stone tracked the Worst Rock Sell-Outs Ever! ("All you need is Luvs" … diapers) and the Best Rock Sell-Outs Ever! (VW adopts Nick Drake's "Pink Moon"). It's the debate that rages every time the Moldy Peaches give a song to […]

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  • Pete Wentz on the Art of Rocking in Underwear, Fall Out Boy's Plans

    When Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz met up with two of his musical heroes, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and Blink-182's Travis Barker, to rock out in a commercial for Band Hero, he realized the shoot wasn't going to be an epic jam session. For starters, they were each holding miniature plastic instruments. Also, they were performing […]

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  • Pearl Jam Play Secret Seattle Show for Target Ad

    Pearl Jam performed a private concert at Seattle's Showbox late last week for a Target commercial filmed by Singles director Cameron Crowe, Billboard.biz confirmed this afternoon. Audio from the performance, which featured a new song called "The Fixer," had been posted online at Antiquiet, who first broke news of the private gig, but the song […]

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  • Dr. Dre Teases Long-Awaited "Detox" With Dr. Pepper Ad

    Dr. Dre's forthcoming album Detox has been delayed so long and is so eagerly anticipated, it's starting to earn comparisons to another long-in-the-making project: Guns n' Roses' Chinese Democracy. Now the two albums are linked by an unlikely third party, Dr. Pepper. The soda company that famously egged on Axl Rose by offering a free […]

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  • Republicans Grab Aerosmith's "Back in the Saddle" for Anti-Stimulus Plan Commercial

    Even after the election, Republicans keep finding new ways to use classic rock to spread their messages. In the video above, the Republican Whip, Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, has borrowed Aerosmith's "Back in the Saddle" to stress that they are just not that into Barack Obama's stimulus plan. But while the GOP made it […]

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  • John Lennon Appears Digitally In New "One Laptop Per Child" Ad

    With permission from his widow, Yoko Ono, a digital John Lennon stars in a new commercial for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a charity attempting to grant Internet access to children in developing countries. The clip features Lennon's voice seemingly digitally sewn together. "Imagine if every child, no matter where in the world they were, […]

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  • Madonna Emerges as Big Super Bowl Winner

    You can't tell by looking at it, but the above video is the visual manifestation of Madonna cashing in a $10 million check. That's the sum of money the Material Girl was paid to "appear" in the new, Super Bowl-bound commercial for Sunsilk hair products. The "appearance" actually consists of the the singer's decade-old song […]

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  • The Who Sell Out (Really)

    Ads for cars and computers rock to the Who beat

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