Janelle Monáe is the cutest little R&B artist on the planet and she stars in this sweet Sonos commercial. (I don’t mean “little” in a condescending way–she is literally five-foot-zero feet tall.) We watch her pick out an outfit and join her own party, which looks awesome. Several different songs play in the commercial, but the one listed above is most likely the one you’re searching for. It is the second song to play in the spot. Here are the others in the order they appear:
Baby sometimes you treat me good
sometimes you treat me bad
Song: Homage to Rachmaninoff
Artist: Robert H. Hagenbuch Jr.
Download (version by Jane Buttars):
Song: Love’s Not So Hard to Find
Artist: Roman GianArthur
Love’s not so hard to find
I’m going to get serious here for a minute before I go. This commercial brought to my attention how important it is that all races and ethnicities are represented in the media. I am white–part of the dominant race in this country–and I’ll admit that I’m usually blind to this sort of thing. If a commercial has only white actors in it the fact that it might cause some viewers to feel excluded isn’t even on my radar. It will be now. Watching this commercial made me feel good, at first. “They’re fun! They’re happy! I want to go to their party!” Then it made me feel bad. “There are only black people at that party. They must not like white people. I probably wouldn’t be wanted there.” Holy eye-opening moment. I’m not whining that there aren’t white actors in this commercial. I’m suddenly realizing how harmful it is that there are so many other white actors-only commercials. Not only is it sad, it seems like a poor advertising strategy.
UPDATE: Some people who have read this post have made assumptions about me because of that last paragraph. I want to clarify. I like this commercial. If I were invited to that party, I’d join in on the fun. I like Janelle Monae and I don’t think anything about this commercial needs to be changed. My point was that I believe there are too many all-white commercials, but I didn’t have that epiphany until I saw this one. That’s it.
Lyrics to Deep Cotton song:
We’re far enough from heaven, now we can freak out
There’s a … with scissors and it wants to break out
There’s a killer in the hall and he’s watching it all
He’s done his job and he’s hungry for more
You can see it you can feel it metal to your head
Might as well kiss the monster laugh, have fun til your dead
Who can cook, Who can clean, Who will paint the fence
I will, I will, I will, I will, I will, I will, I will, I will
Listening is Back – Janelle Monae Sonos Commercial
Janelle Monae speaking on Sonos and the Listening is Back commercial