From Iceland — Ólafur Arnalds Nonplussed By Apple Ad Featuring His Music

Ólafur Arnalds Nonplussed By Apple Ad Featuring His Music

Published November 20, 2015

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Screenshot from Apple commercial

Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds is a bit taken aback by how Apple chose to use one of his songs in a new commercial.

Ólafur is no stranger to composing music for advertisements and movies. Amongst numerous other projects, he has composed music for the movies Another Happy Day and The Hunger Games, and for the television series Broadchurch, which earned him a BAFTA.

However, how an advertiser will end up using his music can come as a surprise, even to him. Apple’s new commercial for Apple Music is one such example.


Ólafur’s reaction to seeing the ad was fairly succinct:

You can read more about Ólafur and his work here, wherein he shares his thoughts about his musical career and creative process.

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