BEP Does 'Flashmob'-Esque Thing for Oprah's Season 24

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Black Eyed Peas partnered with Oprah to celebrate the 24th season of her show, which sought to drum up viewership with big kick-off fetes on Michigan Ave.

The pop band sang I Gotta Feeling onstage while a humongous crowd performed a flashmob dance routine on the floor.

We watched with polite interest, having been forced to watch many a flashmob over the past coupla months (especially since the death of MJ), and were left with three as-yet-unanswered questions.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Social, Trends and Culture



Geek Genes and Victorious Spirit Meld in Nike/Evra Spot

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For Nike, Manchester U soccer player Patrice Evra unzips his AW 77 hoodie and bares a vintage-style tee that reads EVRA THE GAME.

This marks the opening for a pixellated retro-gamer race to the finish, with Evra as Player 1 and each match a daunting new level. You've got the occasional zombies and giant men, but ultimately Evra defeats all and surpasses even the France level, at which point you're met with the campaign heading: THE GAME IS NEVER OVER.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Social, Video



Newsflash! Yahoo Still in Business!

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In case anyone wondered if Yahoo was still in existence, the company is out with its new campaign, announced last week. Along with online, radio, print, and outdoor, a new commercial, called Anthem debuts today.

According to the commercial, Yahoo will help you consume, share, buzz, destroy, earn, flirt, watch. And you know what? It's all about you. Yes, you.

The spot begins airing online in the U.S. today and on all the major TV networks and top cable channels, including AMC, ESPN, USA, Comedy Central and Bravo. It will air in the UK and India beginning October 5 and in other markets in 2010 including Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, and Taiwan.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



At Least They're Not Pretending to Be Saving Hip-Hop Anymore.*

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Alongside the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation, the Adobe Foundation kicks off "Plant and Inspire" -- a campaign that encourages digital literacy among youth.

The site, linked above, solicits your inspiration and invites you to share creations across socnets. You can also build a snazzy digital flower out of media, sounds and other stuff. Here's a PSA in which will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas sows one out of mean urban earth.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity



Russell Simmons Wants YOU to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Sure, having one of the plushest icons in hip-hop list ways to reduce your negative impact on the environment -- under the amber light of his posh leather-and-mahogany office -- might be effective. But really, is it more effective than this?

Probably.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Commercials



'Generation A' Baits Hook with the Mundane, the Insane, and Shreds of Divine Comedy

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Crush/Toronto, a master at taking a book's soul and turning it into pop art, drew us into the bosom of Douglas Coupland's The Gum Thief in 2007.

This year it's doing the same for Coupland's latest novel, Generation A. The approach is different: more existential, with some Tarantino pulp thrown in.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Promotions, Trends and Culture, Video



Help Quique the Debauched Argentinian Head Find a Body.

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Yours might very well do.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange, Video



Doomed New Beverage Goes Out to UN General Assembly

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RelaxZen, a beverage that promises to both relax and focus you, decided to put itself to the test by sending cases of product to the 192 leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly.

RelaxZen is outfitted much like other doomed drinks that came and went in the early 2000s. It has zero calories and sugar, is non-drowsy and provides "100% focused relaxation."

Check out their Open Letter to the UN, which is doing a molassessy circuit of YouTube as we speak. It sports a cheap potshot of Ahmadinejad, which is supposed to be a funny illustration of how some people need to mellow out, but it just came across as feeble and sad.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-24-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Political, Video



Sexty Teens Get Reputation Reminder from Teen Pregnancy Prevention Group

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention, the parents you didn't know you had, is slathering bus shelters and other minors-enhanced public places with an ad featuring a cell phone wrapped in a condom.

Text on the decidedly antiquated handheld reads, "Please practice safe text." Heh. See what they did there? Clever.

The objective is to discourage teens from sexting -- sending nude pictures to each other via mobile -- which can actually result in a child pornography charge.

There's something spicy for the resume. But the ad, which does admonish teens to think about their reputations, actually has deeper motivations: keeping teens from getting pregnant.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-24-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Outdoor



Little Debbie: Bringing Creme-Filled Goodness to a Suburb Near You!

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Few people are willing to turn a cupcake down; the very word makes us hungry. Knowing we could all use something extra to smile about, Little Debbie's taking one million brand-spankin'-new cupcakes to the streets.

The Little Debbie Share-A-Thon is fortified by an armada of shiny brown Smart cars, laced with the cupcakes' curly ribbon. Chase one down for a free sugar rush. (Or just wait for one to stop.)

Giveaway kicks off on October 18th, National Chocolate Cupcake Day. There's also a sweepstakes where you can actually win one of the shiny new cupcakey Smart Cars. (Watch out for chasers, though. You're gonna get chasers.)

Social media links and the feel-good, slightly quirky TV spots appear below the drop. They speak to the youthful, pursuit-of-happiness quality simmering just under the surface of tired overworked growed-ups. For a second, we actually missed trans fats. HIGH FIVE, Luckie & Co.!

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-24-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Promotions










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