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Macklemore, Ryan Lewis Bring Grammy Life to NYC Bus

Most likely, this video of Macklemore and his Jazzy Jeff shadow Ryan Lewis is a staged marketing effort from TBWA\Chiat\Day LA to promote the 56th Grammy Awards. The two musicians hop on a New York City bus with a boombox and start performing an impromptu concert full of Macklemore’s signature exuberance and corny hand movements. The riders on the bus start dancing and feeling the music – the bus driver even starts clapping on (probably fake) closed circuit footage.

I’d probably react the same way if Macklemore came on the crosstown bus. But you know how I know it’s not real? Because if anyone came on NYC public transportation with a boombox and started making noise, there will undoubtedly be at least two people who hate it and tell them to shut it off before they turn into depressed and sarcastic versions of the Hulk.

But whether it is real or not, the question everyone wants to know is: where is Ray Dalton? Credits after the jump.

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This Year’s Grammy TV Campaign Is Actually Pretty Great

Right about this time every year, TBWA\Chiat\Day LA debuts its TV spots for the Grammys. And, every year, they’re pretty underwhelming. A few years back, we got a swirly, graphics overload with CGI re-tellings of artists like Eminem’s life story. Last year, we got the hashtag-happy #TheWholeWorldIsListening, which aimed to put viewers into the shoes of stars like Rihanna while trying to convince them that the awards show was still in any way relevant.

This year’s first spot, “Anthem,” looked more like a VH1 commercial than anything else, and it seemed we were in for yet another year of mediocrity. But then, dare we say it, the Grammys and Chiat LA ctually surprised us. The latest spot in the Music Unleashes Us campaign, “Drive” (above), does a fantastic job of convincing viewers that they owe it to the artists who get them through times of sorrow and heartbreak to watch their performances on the Grammys.

From Pink and fun., we move to Macklemore and “Doughnut Shop,” another well-produced and compelling spot filmed outside of Inglewood’s famous Randy’s Donuts. Again, these spots excel at following through with what the campaign promises – portraying the affect that popular music has on the average TV viewer. It both ignites and unleashes, an important sentiment for the Grammys to glom onto as the show still figures out its approach to celebrating an industry that doesn’t know what to do next. One more Katy Perry-tinged spot, and credits, follow after the jump.

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Grammys Remind You That ‘The Whole World is Listening,’ But No Pressure or Anything

For the sixth consecutive year, TBWA\Chiat\Day L.A. is behind the ad campaign for CBS’ telecast of the Grammys, which airs on Feb. 10.

The new campaign, titled “#TheWorldIsListening” (because all campaigns require hashtags now), continues on the The Recording Academy’s quest to highlight somewhat younger musicians than in years past. Starting in 2011, when the Grammys shocked the country by bestowing the coveted Album of the Year award on Canadian indie band Arcade Fire, the awards show has benefited immensely in TV ratings by targeting a younger audience. That’s probably why in the first 60-second spot, “Anthem,” we get narration by Rihanna Cat Power and cameos from Skrillex, Taylor Swift, and the newly christened Snoop Lion.

Of the trio of new spots, the real winner is the above 30-second piece featuring blues-rock duo The Black Keys with narration by New Orleans blues legend, Dr. John. The Black Keys’ newest album, El Camino, is nominated for the prestigious Album of the Year award this time around. Considering it’s probably the Black Keys’ worst (as Arcade Fire’s worst, The Suburbs took home the award in 2011), it’s my odds-on-favorite to win big in 2013.

The campaign also features a web component dubbed the Grammy Amplifier, a something that a statement from Chiat says “has the potential to become a new platform for social musical discovery.” Watch one more spot starring Rihanna and view credits after the jump.

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Chiat LA Goes on Creative Promotion Spree

Our good pals at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA follow up their recent hire of Crispin alum Matt Bonin with several promotions within the creative department including the appointment of Olivier Rabenschlag as first-ever group creative director of Media Arts. The creative, who has been with Chiat LA for nearly three years, will still maintain his CD title for Activision, Infiniti and the Grammys.

During his time at the agency, he’s had his hand in “There’s a Soldier in All of Us,” the “MusicisLifeisMusic” campaign for the aforementioned awards show, the Nissan Leaf iAd and played a key role in Chiat LA winning the global Visa pitch. Apparently Rabenschlag is ahead of his time according to a statement from TBWA\Chiat\Day LA CCO Rob Schwartz, who says, “He lives two years ahead of all of us. Fortunately, he’s willing to share the future with those of us living here in 2011.”

In addition to Rabenschlag, Chiat LA promoted Becca Morton and Gage Clegg to GCDs on Pedigree, PUR and Visa Olympics, Patrick Condo and Bob Rayburn to CDs on Infiniti and last but not least, Goodby alum Will Hammond to global CD on Visa. Hammond, who joined TBWA\Chiat\Day LA in the fall of 2009, most recently served as U.S. creative director on the Visa account.

Eminem’s Life Story Highlighted in Chiat’s New Grammy Ad

If you’ve seen 8 Mile, you know that life on the streets of Detroit isn’t easy (just look at what happened to BBDO there). Based on the real life story of Marshall Mathers aka Eminem, the film tells the story of a young white kid stuck in poverty who rises above adversity on his way to becoming one of the greatest rappers in history. These days, Eminem is trying to tell a new story with his 2010 album, Recovery. This next chapter follows the world’s most famous rapper as he hits rock bottom due to prescription drug abuse, legal troubles and relationship problems, later redeeming himself through his music and finding himself back on top.

Recovery didn’t quite live up to the expectations of its creator, mainly because it wasn’t that great and because Eminem is now bordering on total irrelevance (2002 might have been the “Eminem Show,” but 2010 belonged to Kanye West). Still, TBWA\Chiat\Day convinced the Grammy folks to buy into Em’s mythology (probably an easy sell considering the success of the agency’s 2010 Grammy effort), with the above spot chronicling the rapper’s life as a series of highs and lows leading up the the 53rd Grammys. As Chiat CD Bob Rayburn tells MTV, “It was important to capture (Eminem’s) struggle.”

The spot is one of three in a campaign that includes a social networking aspect, which allows users to mark milestones on life maps with musical inspiration. Eminem once said at the peak of his popularity, “You think I give a damn about a Grammy?/ A lot of you critics can’t even stomach me, let alone stand me.” Recovery is up for Album of the Year at the Grammys. Gee, you think Emimen gives a damn now?