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The First Rule Of Product Placement In Songs: You Don’t Talk About Product Placement In Songs

Posted on: September 22, 2008

What better place for product placement than in a song? Lots of famous songs mention brand names, and it seems some creative advertisers are now going out and trying to sell such placement. At least that’s what’s being suggested after some guys who received an unsolicited offer to have their brand in a song went and published the email they received. The email notes:

“I’m writing because we feel you may be a good company to participate in a brand integration campaign within the actual lyrics of one of the worlds most famous recording artists upcoming song/album.”

Of course, now there’s also something of a dispute concerning the publicizing of the email. The guy who apparently sent the email is threatening to sue the recipients who posted it to their blog — though it’s entirely unclear what they’d be suing over, other than that someone called them out for their marketing practices.

In the meantime, I don’t see any problem with bands mentioning brands in their songs, but it seems like there are much better ways of doing that, which don’t seem quite so tacky as unsolicited emails asking people to pay up to get included in a song.

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