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GlobalHue Utilizes Michael Jackson Song for Jeep

Michigan-based agency GlobalHue built their recent campaign for Jeep on the recently-released Michael Jackson single “Love Never Felt So Good.”

The series of three 30-second spots all make use of the posthumously released song, which was co-written by Paul Anka (the single version features Justin Timberlake). The Off The Wall-esque track is a breezy summer jam that makes a lot of sense in this context. Whether or not it was worth the fortune they must have paid in licensing fees is another conversation, but for obvious reasons Jeep is making a big summer push.

The spots themselves feel almost like little music videos that also happen to be selling Jeep, clearly crafted around the tune. There’s not a whole lot to the campaign other than people driving around and having fun, but GlobalHue and Jeep are banking on that and a hit posthumous Michael Jackson song being all they need. One of these spots, “Lovers of the Game,” features Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving in a celebration of hoops and summer. It’s pretty fun, and at one point Irving even sinks a shot while standing in a Jeep outside the court. “Summer Fans” meanwhile, is GlobalHue and Jeep’s World Cup themed entry, otherwise pretty much in the same vein as the other two ads. You can catch both “Summer Fans” and “Lovers of the Game,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

Martin Williams Launches Kill Kancer for Mary Beth Mueller

Minneapolis-based agency Martin Williams, fresh off rebranding Mall of America, has teamed up with Mary Beth Mueller (widow of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller) in a campaign launching Kill Kancer, “a nonprofit aimed to raise awareness for preventable types of cancer.”

Following her husband’s death approximately nine years ago, Mueller started The Karl Fund at the University of Minnesota “to support breakthrough cancer research.” Kill Kancer is an extension of The Karl Fund, “a nonprofit positioned to inform the younger generation to take proactive measures on preventing cancer.”

“Cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota and since I have been personally affected by the terrible disease, I’ve made it my life’s mission to support the fight. After much research, I found there is a lot information on diagnosing cancer but limited information about prevention,” explained Mueller. “Through Kill Kancer, I hope to give our younger generation information that is useful to them concerning prevention as well as an outlet to have open dialogue about the illness.”

The backbone of Martin Williams’ campaign is the Kill Kancer website the team designed providing cancer prevention information and a community portal where visitors can post content. At the center of the site (and the campaign) is the above video, directed by Dan Huiting. The video features appearances from Minneapolis-based artists such as Slug from Atmosphere, Ashley Dubose from NBC’s “The Voice,” street artist HOTTEA, and rapper/community activist and teacher Toki Wright. Martin Williams will also be hosting a benefit concert for Kill Kancer today at The Cedar Cultural Center, including performances by by Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, Silverback Colony, Communist Daughter, Willie Murphy & Special Guests, and Taj Raj. Irksome intentional misspelling of “Kancer” aside, this is an important campaign that differs from countless other cancer awareness campaigns by providing important information about preventative measures people can take to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Since most people don’t even realize there are cancer prevention methods, this is an invaluable cause that could do a lot of good.

“Pro Bono work is extremely important to us,” said Tom Moudry, CEO and chief creative officer, Martin Williams. “Working on Kill Kancer from the ground up has been an unforgettable experience, especially for someone who gave the Minneapolis music scene so much and was such a lovely guy.”

Japanese Vitamin Water Spot Is So Much More New York Than You

Vitamin Water is obviously a CP&B client, but we have very little info for this slightly insane Japanese spot other than the fact that one Himanshu Kumar, aka “Heems” of Dat Racist, wrote the music and that DIESEL artistic director Nicola Formichetti may have provided something resembling creative.

Heems tweeted it out to the world yesterday before proclaiming himself the new, less recognizable Bill Murray. Not sure we agree…

Google translate isn’t helping much, but we’ll go with it anyway: how often do you see an ad repping the theater/restaurant you kept telling everyone you wanted to check out last year if only it weren’t a 65-minute subway ride away? We did glean this nugget from the translator:

“The flavor deployment bright colors, you can enjoy to choose what you like to suit lifestyle and mood, the condition of their own throughout the day.”

Accurate.

The key question: is this submission stranger than the 2012 CP&B spot after the jump?

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Wing Creates Spotify ‘Playlust’ to Promote Condom Use for Lifebeat

PlaylustIn a sign that the agency is expanding beyond their Hispanic roots, Wing has created “Playlust,” a series of commercial-free Spotify playlists promoting safe sex for non-profit AIDS prevention and education program Lifebeat. The program is part of a “Sex with no ads and no HIV” initiative aimed at young adults, which sees Wing handing out information and condoms at music venues in the New York area, along with directing folks over to “Playlust.” It’s a great way to offer a service (taking the commercials out of Spotify) people will value in order to draw attention to your cause.

“A few years ago, you might do a traditional ad campaign about using condoms,” explained Favio Ucedo, chief creative officer at Wing. “But there are too many pitches and messages aimed at Millennials. You have to add value.”

The program grew out of conversations at Wing about employees’ favorite songs for the bedroom. “We knew that people already made mix tapes (for atmosphere),” said copywriter Marc Duran. “In this case, we just did it for them.”

The playlists all have suggestive names, like “Don’t Expect Breakfast,” “My Roomate Isn’t Home” and “In The Morning It’s Going To Be Awkward.” Clearly, “Playlust” comes with a sense of humor. There’s even a one song playlist entitled “Even If You’re A 1 Minute Man.” Mostly these playlist are filled with the kinds of songs you’d expect for a campaign aimed at youngsters, with the likes of Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and Pharrell Williams, to name a few (surprisingly Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” does not make an appearance). I’m not sure what it says about me that the playlists I find most appealing are “Cougar’s Closet,” “Rock Me Tender” and “The Spooning After,” but there you have it. Stick around for a couple playlists after the jump. Read more

Leo Burnett Chicago Explores Studio of Thomas Bloch

Leo Burnett Chicago and music company Sizzer Amsterdam have released a behind-the-scenes documentary on the unusual, ethereal music Thomas Bloch provided for the agency’s recent Re/Max ad, “Dream With Your Eyes Open.”

To create his music Bloch relies on a series of unorthodox instruments, including the glass harmonica, christal baschet, and ondes martenot (most notably played by Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead). Bloch has worked as a musician, composer and producer with artists like Daft Punk, Gorillaz, and Tom Waits. In the mini-documentary Leo Burnett explores Bloch’s studio as Bloch explains the “infinite possibilities” of his instruments. Bloch’s music really brought the surreal “Dream With Your Eyes Open” spot together and the folks at Leo Burnett were clearly fascinated by the collaboration with Bloch and wanted to explore his world further.

“We wanted to create cinematic music with a contemporary, artful feel that would guide the emotional transitions between the gorgeous dream sequence, nightmarish crescendo and ultimately bring the resolution to reality,” said Chris Clark, senior music producer at Leo Burnett.

Stick around for credits and the Re/Max “Dream With Your Eyes Open” spot after the jump. Read more

Mr. President Brings Bacardi Bat to Life with ‘Bat Beats’

In case you missed it, newly formed creative agency Mr. President treated SXSW attendees to the creation of a live music track using the movements of 100,000 bats at Austin’s “Bat Mecca,” Congress Bridge, a means of bringing the brand’s iconic bat logo to life.

The track was created by “using a bespoke software app, which allows the user to interact with a series of composed sounds triggered by the bats movements. Capture of the bats movement was then “streamed into a digital grid, with each square triggering and affecting specific sounds, beats, pitches and tempos.” The software was designed by Immsersive represented by Partizan, one of the companies responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (the Paralympics closing ceremony was arguably the real grand finale). Music producer Craig Richards will release a remix of the track some time next month.

“Defying convention and expectation is part of the Bacardi rum DNA and continues to be today. The Bat Beats music experience is just that – a demonstration of the brand values that still alive and strong today,” says Kofi Amoo-Gottfried, Bacardi rum global communications director.

Stick around after the jump to hear the Bacardi “Bat Beats” track, along with credits. Read more

The ‘Brand Rapper’ Returns, Now Vows to Become Next Top LA Rapper

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We’ve covered the many adventures of Jason Pickar -aka the “Brand Rapper“–over the years, from his time landing on The Price is Right  to his offer to work during Christmas in 2012. Now, the former Deutsch LA copywriter (on Dr. Pepper among others) and current LA-based freelancer, who goes by the stage name, Chozinn, is trying to take things to the next level and conquer the City of Angels via his rhyming skills. Pickar is among the top four MCs vying for the title in the “Who’s Next” contest that’s being held by L.A. station Power 106.

The contest is essentially dependent on votes (less than a week left!), and while the signup process is a little tedious (email signup is recommended over Facebook/Twitter), those who know the man or just prefer his tune to the rest can check out his profile here to help base your decision. And so, the next page in the Pickar saga turns.

ROKKAN, WellPoint Launch ‘The ABCs of Disease’

In what may be the cutest advertisement you see today, ROKKAN teamed up with healthcare giant WellPoint to create “The ABCs of Disease,” “a creative extension of WellPoint’s Real Health campaign, a full scale digital & social initiative aimed at simplifying and educating Americans around the often complex landscape of healthcare and insurance.”

“The ABCs of Disease” is a fun video in which Forrest Kline, of powerpop band HelloGoodbye, leads a group from the imagined Florence Nightingale Middle School through a pageant depicting “26 reasons to protect your health” from A-Z. It’s an infectious little number that ROKKAN and WellPoint hopes will catch on and convince viewers of the need for health insurance. “The ABCs of Disease” features an original song, handmade costumes and adorable cast of characters from asthma to bacteria to narcolepsy. In addition to the long-form video, the campaign also includes “a range of elements from short form pre-roll spots and bite-sized video content to the website, which serves as the digital conversation hub.” You can check out the full length video above, and stick around for “The ABCs of Disease: Catch it Now!” after the jump. Read more

Stella Artois Presents, ‘The Chalice Symphony’

In one of the more intriguing and unusual projects we’ve seen lately, Stella Artois teamed up with “musical craftsman” Andy Cavatorta (who has collaborated with Bjork, among others) and indie rock band Cold War Kids to create “The Chalice Symphony.”

As you may imagine, “The Chalice Symphony” was created using Stella Artois chalices as instruments. As you may not have imagined, Cavatorta worked with Stella Artois to create four distinct instruments out of their chalices: the Pyrophone, the Star Harp, the Violina, and the Hive. Stella Artois have released videos documenting the creation of each of these distinct instruments. The Hive, for example, plays chalices with tiny piano hammers, while the Pyrophone “works a lot like a church organ, except it uses flame.” The Star Harp “plays itself, with graceful, mechanical planetary motion of its arms,” while the Violina bows the gold rim of the chalice for a violin-like sound.

“The Chalice Symphony” project from Stella Artois, Andy Cavatorta and Cold War Kids is a year in the making. In addition to crafting the instruments themselves, they also composed and recorded a song, and then filmed a music video to “share that song with the world.” Keep your eyes out for that music video in the near future, and, in the meantime, check out Stella’s “Meet Andy Cavatorta” video after the jump for more from this fascinating campaign. Cheers. Read more

Arnold Worldwide Launches ‘Sinatra Select’ for Jack Daniel’s

Arnold Worldwide is behind a new 2.3 million dollar campaign for Jack Daniel’s new “Sinatra Select,” a new product rolling out in select markets in anticipation of a June release nationally. Sinatra Select is a stronger make of whiskey (90 proof to Jack Daniel’s normal 80 proof) with “more oak and spice notes.” It will be rolled out in some of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ favorite haunts: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, and Las Vegas.

At the center of the campaign is the 30-second spot, “Frank The Man,” celebrating Frank Sinatra and his favorite drink. The spot ends with Sinatra’s “That’s the nectar of the gods, baby,” quote. Jack Daniel’s in an enviable position as the preferred drink of such a historical celebrity; the new product, and Arnold’s campaign, seem like a no-brainer. As you may remember, Sinatra got a shout out in Jack Daniel’s “Legend” spot from last year, so it was only a matter of time until he got the spotlight. The media buy for “Frank The Man” includes “ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and NBC’s The Tonight Show as well as cable outlets including ESPN, FX, Discovery and Comedy Central so this should reach a wide array of eyeballs as the product rolls out in its select markets.

As you might expect, the premium whiskey is a bit more glamorous than Jack Daniel’s standard offering, and the price tag ($150) is indicative of that. Sinatra Select also comes with packaging that “includes a commemorative gift box and a booklet detailing Mr. Sinatra’s history with Jack,” so folks will be paying for more than just the whiskey itself. The timing behind this campaign and product rollout is deliberate, coming in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birth on Dec. 15, 1915. Credits after the jump. Read more

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