John Lewis Christmas 2015 – Song and singer details for this years new ‘Man On The Moon’ TV and YouTube commercial.
Song Title: Half The World Away.
Artist/Singer: Aurora Aksnes.
Available To Download From: iTunes.
When it comes to TV commercial music, it doesn’t get any bigger than the now traditional John Lewis Christmas ad. Sticking with the theme of reworking existing and partly forgotten songs, the retailers 2015 advert features a cover of the Oasis track ‘Half The World Away’ – Now already being tipped for Christmas number 1.
Recorded especially for the new John Lewis festive campaign, this version is being performed by the Norwegian singer Aurora Aksnes, better known simply as AURORA.
The 19-year-old singer-songwriter released her debut EP in May, 2015, which includes such atmospheric tunes as ‘Runaway’ and the title track ‘Running with the Wolves’. The Bergen-based vocalist plans to bring out her first full length album in early 2016.
The original version of Half The World Away was released back in December, 1994 as the B-side to ‘Whatever’, which reached number 3 in the UK singles charts. Many of you though will probably better recognise the song as the theme music to BBC One’s classic sitcom The Royle Family.
Presumable advertising the retailers new selection of ultra powerful telescopes, the film shows a young girl observing the moon, only to discover an unexpected inhabitant. Overlooking the long list of scientific inaccuracies and questions about how he got there or is even able to breath, Lily continues to watch the old man living out his day-to-day lunar life.
Feeling sorry for the man on the moon and his lonely existence, she works hard to develop a way of delivering a present to the moon. Then on Christmas Day, the gentleman is delighted to receive an equally powerful telescope as a gift from Lily, allowing him to look back and realise there’s someone on Earth thinking of him.
Previous John Lewis Christmas Adverts, Songs and Singers
In 2014 we were introduced to Monty the Penguin, while listening to the Tom Odell cover of John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’. The year before that it was all about the bear and the hare, with the soundtrack coming courtesy of Lily Allen’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ Keane cover. In 2012 we heard the delightful piano and vocals of Gabrielle Aplin, with her unique version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s 80’s hit ‘The Power of Love’.
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