Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ad: Selling out, or sign of the times?

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The decades-old debate about what constitutes "selling out" in music has grown to become a tired one. The music industry itself has irrevocably changed. Music has become so ubiquitous in advertising, movies, TV, and video games, that drawing any type of line in the taste-making sand over what selling out truly means in this day and age is ultimately a futile and foolish endeavor.

Yet Bob Dylan's appearance in a Chrysler ad during the Super Bowl last night proves that there are still plenty of fans with their pitchforks (and clever hashtags) ready to skewer any musician that they believe has crossed over that illusory line from respectable artist to corporate shill.

See Also: Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" turns 50: How much has actually changed?


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Watch Bob Dylan, Prince, Bruno Mars, and a bear on Super Bowl Sunday

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Music fans who are put off by the endless hype surrounding the Super Bowl and the gratuitous violence of football still have a reason to tune into the big game on Sunday. From the opera star singing the National Anthem to the spectacle of the halftime show, there is something to draw in music lovers.

Throw in two Super Bowl ads featuring Bob Dylan (including "I Want You" playing in a yogurt spot!?) and an unprecedented sitcom cameo for Prince, and you have some can't-miss -- or must-dismiss, depending on your thoughts on advertising and sitcoms -- TV no matter what is happening in the game.

See Also: Prince to join Zooey Deschanel on New Girl's Super Bowl episode


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Nelly and General Mills debut Honey Nut Cheerios commercial

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Earlier this year, St. Lunatic rapper and businessman Nelly was spotted in the Twin Cities. He took in a Timberwolves game, ate some decadent dessert, and spent some quality time at General Mills.

It wasn't too much of a stretch to imagine that he'd be here developing an ad campaign for Honey Nut Cheerios, one of GM's signature cereals. After all, "Ride Wit Me" might as well be called "Must Be the Money" for the number of times the phrase is repeated throughout the 2001 hit. And you only need to change one letter to arrive at #MustBeTheHoney. Today, suspicions turned to sweetened reality. The first offering of five ads, helmed by hip-hop video/film director Hype Williams, emerged.

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Why was Nelly in the Twin Cities this week?
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Trampled by Turtles playing at Cedar & 9th street on Friday (PROMOTION)

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Want to see Trampled by Turtles?

City Pages is working with Jack Daniel's to bring you a Studio No. 7 performance!Trampled by Turtles will be playing at the intersection of Cedar Ave. S. and 9th St. March 9th!

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Rolling Stone's 'Do You Wanna Be A Star' competition is at least a little hairy

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​Rolling Stone announced today, via a press release and a very kind article in the New York Times, their collaboration with hair product line Garnier Fructis in a nationwide search for their dignity an "up-and-coming band" to grace their cover.

Where to start?


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100's of girls. One ugly error.

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Now, grammar isn’t exactly the first thing one thinks about when heading to a strip club. It’s not like a person is going to debate the appropriateness of an oxford comma while getting a lap dance. But when an advertisement is this glaring, well, it’s time to make Lynne Truss proud.More »

When political ads go very wrong: an evening of laughs

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It's no secret that political advertising can get really annoying. Enter this Wednesday's "Worst Political Advertising in America Awards," an event lampooning the most ridiculous, confusing, inflammatory, and distorted commercials blaring from our TVs this year. More »

Trick, or Treat?

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Who doesn't want approximately $2.79 worth in candy? This is the logic behind KMart's new seasonal television/internet synergy campaign, which promises free bags of goodies. Last Wednesday the megaconglomerate began airing commercials with a "secret code" on one of the gravestones in the background. Those looking for their free sugar fix simply have to report the code to KMart.com.

The catch?

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Target takes Manhattan

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Manhattanites aren't too pleased to find little red double-decker buses trolling through their city as part of a recent Target promotion. Seems the Minneapolis-based company thought it'd be a grand idea to promote British designer Luella, who has partnered with Target for a preppy-punk clothing line, by parading around town double-decker buses outfitted with the Target bullseye logo. Last August, when Target struck a deal with the New Yorker to become the sole advertiser for one issue of the magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times called it "the most jaw-dropping collapse of the so-called sacred wall between editorial and advertising in modern magazine history." Has Target, and advertising in general, gone too far? Or would New Yorkers be more comfortable with the onslaught if this were a company like Gucci?

Shore-to-shore salesmen

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Watching the British Television Advertising Awards, it's easy to get lost in the foreignness of the whole thing--accents, unfamiliar logos, actors who, for all you know, might be famous in their part of the world. But then along comes an international brand like Pepsi and you find yourself asking, "Why do we get smiling celebs holding cola, while the Brits get a studiously choreographed kung fu scene where the opponents are literally hauled around like human puppets? Huh?" I can't say for certain that British advertisers are more clever or innovative because I don't know what America's top ad agencies have to offer (I refuse to watch the Super Bowl). But the BTAA has some pretty high standards; that super rad Pepsi commercial didn't even medal!More »

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