Advertising is a tricky business. It often takes great wit and imagination to win over an often complex viewing crowd.

But that’s no excuse for some of the crimes that have been committed in the name of promotion; those appalling ads which run seemingly on constant repeat, bombarding you over and over again with their inherent awfulness. We present 5 of the worst offenders. Sorry.

5. Halifax - ISA ISA Baby 

4. Coca Cola - Duffy

This advert was so bad that it killed Duffy’s career in 70 hideous seconds. Before the advert: 7 million album sales and 3 Brit Awards. After the advert: oblivion

3. DFS - Rockstar

Why are sofa stores ALWAYS on sale? Could be ads like this scare people from entering their building.

FACT: This commercial was banned in the UK for making the sofas appear larger than they actually were.

2. Haribo - Super Mix Song


1. East Hills Shop 

Those who have an allergic reaction to cringe should NOT press play. Just don’t.

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One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure.

Not every artist feels quite as charitable when a cast-off song becomes a big success for someone else. Here are nine recent examples of artists who donated a hit to their competition or lived to regret it when they let a future smash slip through their fingers.

9. Miley Cyrus ‘Party in the USA’
Written by Jessie J

8. Britney Spears ‘Till the World Ends’
Written by Ke$ha

7. Usher ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love’
Turned down by Rihanna

6. CeeLo Green ‘F*ck You’
Written by Bruno Mars

5. Beyonce ‘Irreplaceable’
Written by Ne-Yo

4. B.O.B ‘Airplane’
Turned down by Lupe Fiasco

3. Kelly Clarkson ‘Breakaway’
Turned down by Avril Lavigne

2. Kelly Clarkson ‘Miss Independent’
Turned down by Christina Aguilera

1. Lady Gaga ‘Telephone’
Turned down by Britney Spears

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Watch Chris Pratt flawlessly rap Forgot About Dre before dissing Orlando Bloom

Riding the crest of his ‘Chris Pratt, so hot right now’ moment, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor has delighted the internet by rapping a verse from Dr. Dre’s ‘Forgot About Dre’ word-for-word on a radio show, before giving his two cents on the Orlando Bloom – Justin Bieber debacle.

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20 Actors Who Shocked Us With Their Singing Ability

Whilst it shouldn’t surprise us that the ‘acting elite’ have had singing experience throughout their time in drama school, it’s still a surprise to hear your most-loved screen idol belt out a few notes that would make Taylor Swift nervous.

So, here are twenty actors who, through good genes and hard work, also happen to be impressive singers. Don’t believe us? Search for them on YouTube.

20. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

19. Chris Pine

18. Scarlett Johansson

17. Ewan McGregor

16. Zachary Levi

15. Amy Adams

14. Ryan Gosling

13. Zooey Deschanel

12. Arthur Darvill

11. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

10. Patrick Wilson

9. Anna Kendrick

8. Jeremy Renner

7. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

6. Ann Hathaway

5. Iwan Rheon (MisFits, Game of Thrones)

4. Eddie Redmayne

3. Emilia Clarke

2. Scott Bakula 

1. Robert Downey Jr. (Ally McBeal days)

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13 Rappers With ‘Lil’ in Their Name

In the world of hip hop, many artists have adopted “Lil,” a popular prefix typically perceived as the short form of “little,” as part of their stage names.

Some of the better known users of Lil are anything but when it comes to success, having put up big time sales, while others are … well, Lil known.

From bona fide hit-makers to those we’ve only heard of because they crash with Justin Bieber, let’s take a look at 13 rappers who go by Lil below!

Lil Wayne


Lil’ Jon


Lil’ Kim


Lil’ Za


Lil’ Twist


Lil’ Scrappy


Lil’ Mama


Lil’ Flip

imageLil’ Boosie


Lil’ Bow Wow (now just ‘Bow Wow’)


Lil’ Romeo


Lil’ Snupe (R.I.P)


Lil’ O


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10 Rappers Who Were Born Rich

Listening to hip-hop music, it’s easy to believe that just about every rapper shares the same come-up story. They grew up in the ‘hood, at some point resorted to selling drugs, launched a career rapping about said drug life and voila! Made it big.

And while that may have been the case for a number of artists like Biggie, Nas, Jay Z and 50 Cent, the reality is, when it comes to being an MC, struggle isn’t always in the equation.

Check out our list of 10 Rappers Who Were Born Rich.

Jaden Smith (son of Will and Jada Smith)

Ricky Hil (son of Tommy Hilfiger)

OMG (son of Ice Cube)

Lil’ Romeo (son of Master P)

The Alchemist

JoJo and Diggy Simmons (sons of Rev Run from RUN DMC)

Chet Haze (son of Tom Hanks)

Gabe Day (son of Daniel Day Lewis)

Jermaine Dupri

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Free Is Now the Business Model of Choice

We are mid way through the shift from the distribution era of selling units of stuff, be they newspapers, CDs, packaged games, books or DVDs, to the consumption era where consumers increasingly value access over ownership. This shift manifest itself as a meltdown of the traditional media industries and associated retailing channels. Out of the ruins of these crumbling nation states Amazon, Apple and Google have started to construct sprawling digital content empires.

Until relatively recently it looked like Apple was the only company that had learned how to make digital content works as a business, albeit as a loss leading one. But during the last year the market has inevitably buckled under the pressure of Amazon’s willingness to give away access to content as bait for free shipping and Google’s endless appetite for giving content away for consumer data.

Amazon and Google realized they were never going to win if they played the game by the Apple’s rules, which had been transplanted from the analogue age, namely charging for ownership of content. Instead they have opted for the digital zeitgeist: free, or at least feels like free. It is beginning to look like iTunes was a historical anomaly, an isolated outpost for distribution era practices in the digital realm. What Amazon and Google have done is pick up the baton Napster dropped in the early 2000’s and they have run with it.

spotted: music industry blog

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