Stray Youngsters and Itzy Information Coca-Cola Deep Into Ok-Pop Tradition


Ok-pop teams Stray Youngsters and Itzy can convey Coca-Cola deeper into South Korean music fandom and its younger international audiences, however sustaining these connection requires immersing the model within the tradition behind the pop.

Coca-Cola’s Creations platform has linked the model with musicians together with Ava Max, Rosalia, Marshmello and the Jonas Brothers, designers together with Pac Solar and Staple, and tech manufacturers like Samsung and League of Legends. Since 2022, it’s used the total breadth of popular culture to advertise its Coke Studio music tasks with flavors like Starlight, Dreamworld, Soul Blast, Transfer, Final and Y3000 which might be based mostly on authentic Coca-Cola however guided by the marketing campaign’s vibe.

Final spring, Coca-Cola named Ok-pop woman group NewJeans its international ambassadors simply months after their debut album was launched and gave the five-piece group its personal brand-produced single: Zero. That led to a remix with J.I.B. and a collaboration late final 12 months with Jon Batiste, Cat Burns and Camilo, but additionally offered Coca-Cola extra perception into what it was lacking.

Oana Vlad, senior director of Coca-Cola international model and international lead for Coca-Cola Creations and Coca-Cola Zero, mentioned the model took in Korean tradition’s impression on meals, trend, movie and streaming, “which I really like.” With assist from its staff in South Korea—and several other visits by the worldwide advertising staff—Coca-Cola introduced aboard producer J.Y. Park (JYP). It additionally introduced collectively three of Ok-pop’s heavy hitters: four-time Billboard 200 chart-toppers Stray Youngsters, longtime Billboard 200 fixture Itzy and one of many largest rising Ok-pop acts within the U.S. throughout the final 12 months, Nmixx.

“By collaborating with among the largest names in Ok-pop tradition, [Coca-Cola] is bringing followers collectively by way of progressive experiences that convey to life their particular and distinctive devotion for his or her favourite artists, and the highly effective impression that Ok-Pop has on tradition,” mentioned Jung Hyun Kwon, class lead for Japan and Korea at The Coca-Cola Firm. 

Final month, JYP and all three bands helped launch Coca-Cola’s new taste—Ok-Wave Zero Sugar—with the one “Like Magic” and its accompanying video. Ok-Wave is available in limited-edition cardboard clamshells containing 4 slim cans, a pack of bubble stickers and a QR code for an invitation-only streaming live performance on June 2 that includes Stray Youngsters, Nmixx and Itzy.


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