May 26, 2017

“American Idol”: guilty of shameless product placement?

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By Kim Palacios At first I thought the “American Idol” contestants were simply too young to remember the origin of songs. But when Jacob Lusk announced during tonight’s episode that he’d be singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”, I got it. One clue was the “Pursuit of Happyness” movie poster that was edited in during Lusk’s opening montage. Looks like the show’s exploited every possible money-making venue.

The realization is somewhat encouraging. Hopefully a singer of Lusk’s caliber knows that “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was written by Paul Simon. What’s disappointing is that a movie soundtrack—not Simon—was credited for the song during the show.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • April 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    it was movie week, what did you expect?

  • April 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    Yet, is there really any harm in crediting the original artist as well?

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