Pepsi Super Bowl 2012 Commercial – Kings Court

Artist: Melanie Amaro
Song: Respect

Respect - Single - Melanie Amaro

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Song In Pepsi Commercial Melanie AmaroEveryone knows who’s song this really is: Aretha Franklin. There’s no shame in covering it. Especially if you’re a 19 year old newcomer, basically a kid. She does a fine enough job with it. Otis Redding actually wrote it back when he was with Stax records. A couple of years later, Aretha Franklin recorded it, and the song rightfully became her signature anthem. It’s interesting to compare the tone of the song when it was originally sung by a man. When a man sings it, it’s a desperate man almost begging a woman to get the respect he feels he deserves, even if she does him wrong, she can have all his money, but please give him the respect he wants. When it’s sung by a woman, it’s a declaration from a confident woman who demands respect. The “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” part was added by Aretha Franklin, it’s not present in the Otis Redding version.

This song has been covered by Jethro Tull, Sammy Davis Jr., Cass Elliot, Janis Joplin, Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson sang it in Season 1 of American Idol, Jessica Biel sang it in an episode of 7th Heaven, and Jennifer Hudson sang it during the Grammy Awards. I’m just pointing this out because I know that some people out there are going to complain that some girl is desecrating this great song etc. She’s not. Lots of people have covered it, made their own interpretations of it. And her version is fine. I’m listening to it on Rdio as we speak. Is it going to be a classic? Probably not, but it’s a good effort from a talented 19 year old newcomer.

Here is the original version of the song “Respect” sung by the original singer Otis Redding:

Pepsi Commercial Description

2012 Pepsi Super Bowl commercial featuring Sir Elton John, in this case I suppose he would be King Elton John. In the kings court, King Elton is sitting on his throne and jesters are trying to entertain him. The first is singing a bad rendition of “It’s Getting Hot In Here”. King Elton doesn’t approve (“No Pepsi For You!”), he pulls a lever and the singer falls down a trap door. The next girl approaches, it’s Melanie Amaro, winner of last years X-Factor. King Elton says “And what do you do?” She replies, “I sing.” Amaro then starts singing a dance version of the Aretha Franklin song “Respect”. Everyone is impressed, her voice even shatters a window. King Elton John approaches her, and says “Alright, Pepsi for you.” Amaro replies with “No. Pepsi for all” and proceeds to throw his scepter which hits the lever that opens the trap door. King Elton falls in, and meets Flava Flav in the dungeon, where Flava Flave says: “Yeeeaah Boy!”

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