Samsung has a new Christmas ad for their Galaxy Gear smart watch? It’s one of the most horrific ads in the history of advertising – it’s hard to believe anyone would even consider buying on of these smart watches after watching the ad. Why I’m mentioning it here though, is the background music playing in the ad. It’s very, very clearly an instrumental version of Wham!’s Last Christmas. However, I noticed there are a few changes in the music… which made me wonder – did Samsung pay George Michael for using Last Christmas? Or did they deliberately make some changes so that they wouldn’t have to pay, hoping that the changes they made would be enough to prevent George taking legal action against them?
Watch the ad for yourself, and listen to the background music playing for the first 45 seconds. What do you think? Is there any doubt that the music is Last Christmas (and of course, they based the opening shot on Wham!’s video for the song too)? Do you think Samsung paid for permission to use the song?