Queen/Beyonce/Britney/Pink in Pepsi promo

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  1. EricSchulz

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    Does anyone know if this is playing in America? It's a new Pepsi commercial that takes place in a "Gladiator"-type setting with Beyonce, Britney Spears and Pink singing "We Will Rock You" (a new version recorded with Brian May and Roger Taylor). I would LOVE to see this...maybe it will be during the Super Bowl???? Any info would be great!
     
  2. John Kilduff

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    Britney Spears and Pink sharing the same stage?

    I thought they hated each other's guts.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    FWIW, I think Pink is the more talented and beautiful of the two.
     
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    Do Beyonce, Pink and Britney shed their clothes? If so I'm there. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Eep! [​IMG]

    How much to you wanna bet this will be a Superbowl commercal?

    Jason
     
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    Freddy Mercury is rolling over in his grave.

    What a godawful commercial.
     
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    Exactly. May & Taylor should be ashamed of themselves.
    I hope this commercial bombs.

    Once again Miss Spears shows that she can't sing worth a lick & is severly outvoiced by Beyonce & Pink.
     
  8. EricSchulz

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    I checked out the pepsi.uk website...It seems to be more music video than commercial. Sorry about posting it here, but I am a HUGE Queen fan and I wanted to see it. There was an article in today's USA Today about the premiere in London, but no mention of when (or if) it will be played here.
    On a different note, while I sometimes question Brian and Roger's motives regarding what happens with Queen's music (like this commercial or the godawful Tomcraft remix of "Flash" last year) they do still invest alot of time and energy into worthwhile projects (like the interviews/commentaries for the recent Queen DVDs).
     
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    Damn straight! It sickens me to see the remainder of Queen (May & Taylor) lowering themselves to produce this crap with second-rate artists.[​IMG] Why can't those two just leave perfectly great music alone? Don't they have enough money coming in from their collection of CDs and DVDs? It cheapens their legacy of work.[​IMG]
     
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    They do. Unless I'm mistaken, I don't think they'll replace the Queen version of "We will rock you" with the Pink, Beyonce & Britney version any time soon. [​IMG]

    And I think Freddie Mercury would have loved this ad, and willingly participated as the empereror if he had been alive.

    /Mike
     
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    All this proves is that Freddie could out sing them all.

    Jason
     
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    [comic book guy]

    Worst...commercial.. EVER.

    [/comic book guy]
     
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    Queen defend Pepsi "sell out" ad

    January 27, 2004
    ©Associated Press

    London, England - Frizzy haired Brian May, one time guitarist and current soft drink pusher, was taken by surprise when he was told of the vitriolic response by Queen fans towards the new Pepsi ad featuring three of today's pop music icons, Britney Spears, Beyonce and Pink - why? Because they're singing Queen's signature tune "We Will Rock You."

    "I don't see what the big deal is, to be honest" says May. "We sold out way back in 1982 on our 'Hot Space' album. As a band, we decided that we needed to suck the black community dry of their money by copping their tunes. I guess looking back it wasn't the greatest idea ever. Turns out a gay singer and a clog wearing guitarist wasn't what the funk/R&B fans were looking for."

    However some 22 years later, the remaining band members seem to think they've learned from their past mistakes. "Oh yeah, on 'Hot Space' we were basically relying on the musical merits of those songs to sell it" says Roger Taylor, Queen's photophobic drummer. "Now all we need is to latch onto not one, not two, but three of the most popular singers around, licence them the rights to a 27 year old song, play dress up and watch the money roll in! My god, we didn't have to do anything for it! If we had known this all those years ago, we'd have closed up shop and sold our catalog to Michael Jackson. I mean he REALLY knows how to match up the right song with the right product. 'Revolution' and sneakers, bloody brilliant!"

    The new Pepsi ad comes in the wake of the brilliant collaborations in recent years with the talented boy band 5ive. When asked about that duet (which once again used "We Will Rock You") making a "worst songs" list in the UK, May responds "Well, it's keeping us in the public eye isn't it?"

    Jim Beach, who has been the band's manager for a few decades notes that "We're making more money now then we did when Freddie died. If you think death equals skyrocketing album sales, you've never whored yourself to major corporations before."

    Beach also divulges details on future Queen releases - "Our musical, which has been a huge success in the UK and Australia will soon be opening in Finland, North Korea and (hopefully) China, though China allowing it to play there will depend heavily upon Brian and Roger publically championing communism....well, there are billions of potential consumers in China so that's a distinct possibility."

    Queen's continued dominance of the marketplace also extends into the realm of DVD as their famous Wembley concert and two collections of their music videos all went to #1 on the charts. "See, we are following the basic business model of the major movie studios. Most of our DVDs feature grainy, washed out images, not to mention half of the picture being chopped off, but we know full well of the demand for Queen DVDs. Our fans will buy anything. In a few years, we will re-release them with brand new, high definition transfers and present them in full screen all so people will have to buy them again. Never do it right the first time because you can always sucker them for twice the money down the line. Thanks to 20th Century FOX for that one!"

    A few years back, a collection of Freddie Mercury's solo work was released as a box set but notably absent were his duets with famed baby poker Michael Jackson. Brian May's only response? "We'll wait for the trial before deciding on releasing them. Oh, not to see if he's guilty or not, that hardly matters. We'd just rather wait for the media hype to reach a fever pitch. Jim Beach has a solid business mind you know."

    Finally, one question that keeps coming from Queen fans is when will the box sets of rare material ever be released. "We'd love to do them. Our marketing research shows that with Pepsi backing us, public interest in Queen is sky high" says Taylor but before he continues, a noticeable grimace surfaces. "but we no longer have those tapes." When asked where they might be Taylor can only say "Our bass player has them and we don't have a fucking clue where he is, much less our master tapes."

    ©2004 F. Feller
     
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    I guess they shouldn't have pissed off John Deacon when they did that terrible cover of 'We Are The Champions' with Robbie Williams for the film A Knight's Tale. [​IMG]
     
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    Just so everyone knows, that "article" isn't real [​IMG]
     
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    I thought that this was going to be a Superbowl commercial? No sight of it tonight...

    Jason
     
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    The commercial was never intended to be shown during the game. In fact it's not even part of Pepsi's ad campaign in America. The ad was intended for Europe.
     
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    Can you say "Japander.com", boys and girls? I knew you could.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Well, the principle of the thing is close enough.
     
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    It seemed to have fooled a lot of media outlets. A couple evening news broadcasts claimed that it was going to be a superbowl spot.

    To be honest, I was kinda surprised. It seemed like something Pepsi would run during the Superbowl, considering the production values. Glad they didn't, tho.

    Jason
     

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