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Bono Tries to Guilt You Into Downloading U2′s New Song

You probably saw the trailer for U2′s new music video, directed by Mark Romanek, for their latest release “Invisible” during the big game last night, but here it is in case you fell asleep during one of the most boring Super Bowl games in recent memory.

“Invisible,” which was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Tom Elmhirst, is available for free on iTunes today until 11:59 PM (the track first became available for download last night following the Super Bowl). While normally that would still be too much to pay for a new U2 song, for every download Bank of America will be making a one dollar donation to the Global Fund via RED, Bono‘s organization set up to channel funds to the Global Fund to Fight Aids. This new partnership “sees Bank of America committing $10m to (RED), and has resulted in a $10 million match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as $1 million each from both SAP and South Africa’s Motsepe Family – bringing the total commitment to $22 million.” So the latest development in the “Well his music really sucks, but at least he does all those nice things for AIDS relief in Africa,” sees Bono attempting to guilt you into downloading U2′s latest snoozefest so that you can make a contribution to RED free of charge. Or you could just go ahead and make a donation, essentially paying a fee to avoid having anything to do with U2′s music. Credits after the jump. Read more

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XBOX Kinect Envisions the Future

Will 2011 be remembered as the “Year of the Great Video Game Spot?” When it debuted last month, it really didn’t look like Deutsch LA’s “Michael” ad for PlayStation 3 would have any challengers for the most memorable spot of the year. That is, of course, until XBOX and agency twofifteenmccann released the above jaw-dropping commercial, “The Kinect Effect.”

As the VO says, XBOX thought turning voice and movement into “magic” via Kinect technology “would be fun. And it was.” Hey, if you’ve ever had the opportunity to play one of XBOX’s sports titles for Kinect, there’s little argument you can make against this statement. But, then we see the same technology used for spiking a virtual volleyball in your opponents’ face used for education, surgery, and disposing of hazardous waste. Add to that a great orchestral cover of the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind?” (probably best known to many as the song that plays during the end of Fight Club), and at the end of the spots’ 77-second run time, all a viewer can muster in response is an awestruck is, to quote lauded thespian Joey Lawrence, “Whoa.”

XBOX portrays Kinect as an idea that can affect a target demo who isn’t clamoring for the next Halo installment. It’s quite a bold statement, and one that we don’t see competitors Sony and Nintendo making with their own gaming platforms. Calling it “visionary” is an understatement, as in “The Kinect Effect,” we see video games change the world. Credits after the jump.

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NFL on FOX Crew Touts the Advantages of Super Bowl Rings

Believe it or not, the NFL regular season is already more than halfway over. Yes, it’s depressing, and at this rate, Randy Moss will have played for six different teams by the time we reach the playoffs. So, we look toward the end of the seasons as America’s most watched (and most annoying) NFL Sunday team shows the differences between the “Have and Have Nots” in this campaign previewing Fox’s coverage of the Super Bowl.

As is the case with most former professional athletes, a lot of ordinary and mundane tasks can come down to bragging rights. So, while Joe Buck, Curt Menefee and Jay Glazer may leer in jealousy at their Super Bowl-winning counterparts, they know that their lives drove them to be journalists instead of professional athletes, and while press passes do come with their benefits, they automatically mean getting to party with Usher or Hugh Laurie. Also, we get why Laurie’s there as his show House is on Fox, by why is Usher there? Was he just in the neighborhood?

Basically, the kind of folks who find the NFL on FOX funny and relevant will truly love this campaign. These are the same folks who think Howie Long is a studly stud, Jimmy Johnson and Troy Aikman are gods among men for restoring the Dallas Cowboys to greatness, Michael Strahan‘s sitcom should have been on longer and Terry Bradshaw was great in Failure to Launch. Still, I have yet to find anyone who thinks Frank Caliendo is funny or entertaining.

Two more spots and credits after the jump.
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