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Nike+, Music Run UK Pop Star

From agency AKQA and prodco The Cartel comes a new spot for Nike+, starring young UK pop sensation Ellie Goulding and a remix of her debut single, “Under the Sheets.” Maybe I’m just a little old-fashioned with my exercise regimen, but are people actually jogging to dubstep remixes these days?

The spot follows Goulding during an international tour that makes stops in London, New York and Los Angeles, tracking her route using Nike+ and iPod technology. Similar to LCD Soundsystem’s 2006 opus for Nike and iTunes, “45:33,” Goulding is releasing a 30-minute mixtape called “Run into the Light,” now available exclusively on iTunes. As we’re told in the announce, the mixtape “works seamlessly as a 30-minute running aid, with peaks and troughs that sync perfectly into the rhythm of a run to help inspire the listener to run better than ever before.”

This spot also seemed somewhat familiar to us, at least in concept,  as it looks like an in-house project from Nike Sportswear we saw last Novemember that documented the workout of Brooklyn resident and Ra Ra Riot cellist, Alexandra Lawn. Maybe it’s just the use of an attractive young female musician jogging around an urban environment, but we can imagine Nike+ seeing the Sportswear spot and telling AKQA, “Do something like that,” to which AKQA responded, “We’ll do better.” Credits after the jump.


Creative Directors Jake Cooper and Simon Schmitt
Account Manager Sarah Meynell
Agency Producer Charlotte Davis

Production Company The Cartel
Director Paul Minor
Producer Anne Johnson
Director of Photography David Lanzenberg

Original music
Ellie Goulding, Under The Sheets
Remixed by Jakwob
Taken from Ellie Goulding ‘Run Into The Light’ EP Polydor. 2010
Mixed by DJ and producer Alex Metric

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