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September 15, 2011

A Content Analysis of Music Placement in Prime-Time Television Advertising

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Music is very popular in advertising. You can hear as much music in commercials as you can on some commercial radio stations. This research analyzed 3,456 prime-time television commercials to not only quantify, but qualify the placement of music in advertising. Overall, 94 percent of the total advertisements (3,456) and 86 percent of the unique advertisements (715) contained some type of music. Of the unique music advertisements, 14 percent contained popular music, 81 percent used needledrop, and 5 percent utilized jingles. Popular music (primarily pop and rock) was observed more often in automotive, audio/video, and food commercials than any other product category. Popular music was more likely to be relevant to the narrative in the commercial than the product or service. This study facilitates future trending and encourages further investigation of the role of music in advertising effectiveness.




Soundtracks: The songs that defined history

Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT This eight-part CNN Original Series explores the music tied to iconic moments in history, from the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, to the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina. More details

No music at Knicks games? Why go?

Popular music and sports have enjoyed a long career together. Why call time out now? Read more

David Allan featured on iHeartMedia Radio Stations

What are the songs that make up the songtrack of your life? The tunes you associate with high school, college, that special song that reminds you of the first time you met your true love. Breakup songs. Loraine Ballard Morrill...

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Dave Allan presents at the University of Stirling in Scotland

The soundtrack of yesterday has become the playlist of today, and playlists are ubiquitous. Everyone seems to have a playlist even the Pope (in Spanish and Italian) and the President of the United States (Appendix 1). We see at...

Dave Allan presents Prince and the Revelation: Popular Music and Religion

Area:  Religion and Popular Culture Presenter:  David Allan (Saint Joseph’s University) Conference:  27th Annual Conference Like David Bowie before him, in death we learned more about Prince’s religious beliefs from ...

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Hit Play – Soundtracks and Playlists In Everyday Life

Available Now! Purchase Hit Play – Soundtracks and Playlists In Everyday Life By David Allan Ph.D.


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