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May 4, 2012
PEPSI Teams With NICKI MINAJ, Preps MICHAEL JACKSON Project With SKRILLEX, DIPLO:

Pepsi has unveiled a new multiyear global marketing campaign, complete with a new tagline — “Live for Now” — and commercials featuring the biggest names in music. First up in the campaign is Nicki Minaj, whose 2010 single “Moment for Life” acts as soundtrack for the ad, out May 7.

It’s a deal that will make Minaj a worldwide spokeswoman and also give her enough fodder to fuel two songs’ worth of material on her sophomore album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

"Nicki has momentum. She’s a maverick," Frank Cooper, PepsiCo chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement, told Billboard in this week’s cover story. “She represents the kind of artist who’s in the moment, making things happen on her own terms.”

As first reported by Ad Age, Pepsi is also prepping a campaign in mid-May around the 25th-anniversary of Michael Jackson's “Bad.” Billboard has learned the program will include a series of remixes from superstar DJs — Skrillex, Diplo and A-Trak are among the names mentioned to be connected with the project. The exclusive tracks are set to be accessed through a special Pepsi-can promotion where fans can scan a code with their phone to hear a song.

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