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Justin Timberlake, Corporate Collaborator

The singer is named "creative director" of Bud Lite Platinum, one of many recent pop icons signing up with promoting big business.
 
 
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Bud Lite Platinum, the moonshine of beers, has named pop star Justin Timberlake as its new creative director. The new higher alcoholic-content, cobalt blue cousin of Bud Lite “brings a refined discerning aesthetic to beer that plays well with what I’m doing,” says the singer, who in 2013 has planned his own high-powered return (or so  he says) with upcoming album “20/20 Experience.”

Timberlake is the latest star to join in the recent trend of pop singers gaining creative control of international brands. In 2011, Lady Gaga  designed the Grey Label line for Polaroid; in 2012, rapper and space cowboy will.i.am gained control over the “compute continuum” at Intel; a few weeks ago Alicia Keys became the global creative director for BlackBerry.

Before you roll your eyes at celebs getting more power, though, The Guardian  writes about how they could be a “win-win” situation for fans, consumers and corporations:

It’s obvious that this sort of arrangement has a mutual benefit – the companies know that kids will react more strongly to, say, Lady Gaga than a balding divisional conglomerate head, and the celebrities can flatter themselves to think that they’re anything other than a last-ditch attempt to save a firm from bankruptcy.

Okay, feel free to roll your eyes…now.

 

Arun Gupta is a co-founder of The Indypendent and the Occupied Wall Street Journal. He is writing a book on the decline of America empire for Haymarket books.

 
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