Marketing Musicology
The marriage of commerce and culture

 
 

Academic

An Essay on Popular Music in Advertising: The Bankruptcy of Culture or the Marriage of Art and Commerce?

Posted September 12, 2011 by Dave Allan

This essay examines the union of popular music and advertising. The commercial use of popular music has inspired opposing opinions. It has been termed a “bankruptcy of culture” as well as a “perfect marriage of art and commerce.

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On Sale Now: This Note’s For You: Popular Music + Advertising = Marketing Excellence

Posted February 26, 2015 by Dave Allan

ON SALE NOW! David Allan’s newly released book covers everything from Coca-Cola to Chrysler. This book takes you behind the curtain of some of the best popular music in advertising campaigns of all time.

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Television

RadioShack Beats Pill #UWANTIT Commercial

Posted July 3, 2013 by Dave Allan

RadioShack and Beats have joined together to create their latest commercial. This new TV spot features Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and the Beats Pill.

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Dave Allan interview with Loraine Ballard Morrill

Posted February 26, 2015 by Dave Allan

Loraine Ballard Morrill of iHeartMedia Philadelphia interviews Dr. David Allan about the relationship between popular music and commercials. The segment was aired on Q102’s Public Affairs show on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Listen to the full interview below.

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Presentations

Dave Allan presents at the University of Stirling in Scotland

Posted November 21, 2016 by Dave Allan

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 athletes walking into stadiums wearing headphones and listing to their pre-game playlists. We see people at the […]

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