Coca-Cola and (Red) unveil new Queen track for World AIDS Day

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Coca-Cola: raising AIDS awareness through music
Coca-Cola: raising AIDS awareness through music

The soft-drink giant says its month-long music campaign is aimed at Millennials

Coca-Cola has kicked off a month-long campaign with (Red) ahead of World AIDS Day, using exclusive new music to reach Millennials.

Coca-Cola has teamed up for the third year running with (Red), the HIV/AIDS initiative set up by U2 frontman Bono and Bobby Shriver.

The campaign, called "Sounds of an AIDS-free Generation," is music-led, with artists including Aloe Bacc, OneRepublic, Avicii and Wyclef Jean all releasing exclusive singles to raise funds.

The campaign’s debut track is Queen’s previously unheard "Let Me in Your Heart Again," featuring Freddie Mercury’s vocals and mixed by William Orbit.

Coca-Cola noted that 2013 was the first year since the virus was discovered in which more people were treated for HIV than newly infected.

"One of the primary goals behind the movement of this campaign is to use the power of music to rally the Millennial generation in realizing that an AIDS-free world is within reach," said Emmanuel Seuge, Coca-Cola’s vice president for global alliances and ventures.

Coca-Cola is also offering fans the chance to win VIP experiences when they donate through an online fundraising platform, Omaze, such as a VIP tour of Queen’s recording studio in Switzerland.

The campaign will run in more than 40 countries until World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

This story first appeared on marketingmagazine.co.uk.

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