It wasn’t all that long ago that the idea of, say, licensing a song for a TV commercial was not only considered gauche but evil. But the decline in music sales has pretty much eliminated that stigma. After all, you gotta do something to pay the bills, right?
Today, indie bands–the part of the music industry that used to be extremely vocal against this use of art–are actively seeking licensing opportunities. BuzzFeed takes a closer look.
And Tegan and Sara, who eventually cracked the Top 20 with Heartthrob’s “Closer,” need to win over this audience just as they would at any concert. A track in the right commercial could bring about the kind of attention that magazine covers and radio play alone can no longer garner. Commercial placement, or a sync, has evidenced itself as the last unimpeded pathway to our ears — what was once considered to be the lowest form of selling out, of betraying fans and compromising principles, is now regarded as a crucial cornerstone of success. And as ads have become a lifeline for bands in recent years, the stigma of doing them has all but eroded. But with desperate bands flooding the market, the money at stake has dropped precipitously. Even the life raft has a hole in it.