“Motorola has signed up Madonna, Iggy Pop and generations of music stars to promote its first iPod music phone, the Motorola Rokr, which is due to be unveiled next week,” Sam Matthews reports for Brand Republic. “It is reported that Motorola has signed an artist from every generation to appear in the ads, including Little Richard, Bootsy Collins, Lil’ John, The White Stripes, Sleater-Kinney, Sum 41, Mya, Pussycat Dolls and Billie Joe from Green Day. Look-a-likes of Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix and Biggie Smalls are also featured.”
Matthews reports, “According to a report in The Sun, the mobile giant is in negotiations with The White Stripes, Alanis Morissette and The Bravery to appear in the spot, created by Ogilvy & Mather, which will see the music stars confined in a phone box. A Motorola spokesman refused to comment on the ads but confirmed that Madonna and Iggy Pop were to star.”
Full article here.
The Sun reports that Madonna has signed with Motorola for £1 million for the ad campaign here.
The website “Madonnalicious” (SJ in a handbag, did we just type Madonnalicious?!) has more details, including a synopsis of one ad opens in a Middle Eastern village and shows a subtitled phone conversation between a young man and his girlfriend. Madonna walks up to the phone booth where the teenager is talking and kisses the young man, then asks, “Who’s that girl?” His girlfriend is then heard screaming through the receive, followed by an instrumental version of Madonna’s new single, ‘Hung Up.’
At this point, other characters are introduced and squeezed into the phone booth. First “Beethoven” and “Hendrix” join Madonna and the teenager in the booth. They are soon followed by other stars who arrive and “pack into the booth with various difficulties,” the report explains.
When no one else can fit inside the phone booth, “Biggie Smalls” appears. Madonna, her face now pressed against the glass, yells “Biggie….Noooo!”
All the stars then disappear into the phone booth receiver which then changes into a Motorola Motr Rokr in the teenagers hand.
Madonna has worked with Apple before. On September 19, 2000, Apple announced a unique Internet event that coincided with the worldwide release of Madonna’s “Music” album, where all ten tracks were immediately available exclusively at http://www.madonnamusic.com exclusively in Apple’s QuickTime format. In addition, two forthcoming video remixes of the album’s first single, the title track “Music,” were available at http://www.madonnamusic.com exclusively in QuickTime.
And, of course, in late 2002, Apple offered iPods “signed” (laser engraved) by celebrities including Madonna.
Except for one old album, “Give It to Me – The Early Years,” and some spoken word audiobooks of her children’s books, Madonna is currently nowhere to be found on Apple iTunes Music Store. Is that about to change?
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