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McDonald's delays rap song and uniform

Adage reports that McDonald's has yet to move forward with their placement in a rap song, which we reported on back in March. Maven who is helping in the search has presented some possibilities to McDs, but a spokesman for the company says:

"We have not identified the right opportunity. We are open to ideas to positively reflect our brand but we have not yet identified the match that we've been looking for."

There have also been delays after the plan was announced due to complaints by watchdog group The Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood, who said this plan created "new and deceitful ways of targeting children...listeners won't know the rappers are being paid to push Big Macs--these 'adversongs' are inherently deceptive."


Heads will roll over Maverick's Mortal Kombat Viral...

Viral agency Maverick have just released their latest viral campaign Blood on the Carpet for Midway Games' Mortal


"Idea man" invents advertising on parking stripes

The Denverpost shares a story of an ad exec with big ideas, the kind that looks for new places to put ads - before any specific communication idea - all the time. Oh boy.

...Golden advertising executive Greg Gorman, 46, has come up with a better idea.
In 2003, he looked out his window at the Denver West office park and noticed all the safety-yellow stripes marking parking spaces. Why not turn those stripes into ads? he mused.


Is it subliminal advertising or ad creep?

The Observer reports on subliminal tactics being taken up by tobacco firms.


It's Dough Time

R. Lee Ermey (host of The History Channel's "Mail Call" and actor in a bunch of nifty films such as "Apocalypse Now", "Saving Silverman", and most famously as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket") has a blooper reel of sorts at Sideshow Collectibles, the company that makes his action figures.


American Chemistry vs. Oxy Petroleum

Things are disappearing all over Badland, but at least the pet dog didn't go anywhere.


Marks and Spencer go Twiggy

Sixties supermodel Twiggy has hit out at fat people - after replacing Amy Davis, a size-16 model, as the new face and body of Marks and Spencer.


APA's Top 50 British ads

The Advertising Producers' Association has released this year's list of the Top 50 British ads of the last 12 months. The themes this year show a trend moving away from humor and moving more towards fantasy.

The APA chairman, Steve Davies, said the results marked a shift away from humorous ads, such as Virgin's "Idle Thumbs" campaign, which featured among last year's winners.

"This year's results certainly indicate that there is some movement away from humour, which was in danger of nearing saturation point," he said,

"It would seem that the latest trend is more about taking consumers into a fantasy world. It's a healthy demonstration of how advertising continually evolves."

Ads were judged by leading advertising creatives, directors and members of production and post-production companies.

Read on to see the list...