More than 20 brands joined music fans in California as Coachella is back in-person for the first time in 2 years. Many brands tied their deals back to unique campaigns or experiences at the festival. Along with attendees at the event held over two consecutive weekends, millions around the world saw some of their favorite artists hit the stage. Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion and Billie Eilish were on stage which was made possible via livestream.
Many of the festival’s brand partners created unique experiences for fans in attendance & utilized technology to bring the experience to fans.
YouTube created a livestream during the festival’s first weekend on April 15-17. The Coachella live stream featured six creators operating out of the YouTube shorts documenting their festival experience. Fans were also able to live chat on the stream as well as have access to exclusive merchandise from artists via YouTube shopping.
Lay’s, in person at Coachella, debuted their Potatodomes experience across the festival grounds. Potatodomes included art, sampling room and a four-course tasting experience.
BMW had a #RoadToCoachella campaign featuring original content from Doja Cat. Within this partnership, Doja Cat designed a custom wrap with Coachella branding on the BMW iX vehicle.
Cryptocurrency brand, FTX created an NFT named the “Coachella Keys Collection”. The NFT was a promotion that included 10 one-of-one NFTs that grant lifetime festival access and VIP on-site experiences for Coachella. It also granted front row access to the Coachella Stage, onstage access at the Sahara Tent, and dinner by a celebrity chef.
Billboard and Samsung Galaxy will host three nights of concerts during SXSW 2022.
We highlight the endorsement deals from 4 of the biggest performers at the event: KYGO, Shawn Mendes, Young Thug, and Sebastian Yatra.
The Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia Tour started early February in Miami at FTX Arena and the global tour will end November 3rd in New Zealand. One brand getting tons of exposure during this tour is Truly Hard Seltzer as they are the presenting sponsor for her live stream concert “Truly Inspired.” After the first few concerts through February, Truly not only is the presenting sponsor of the digital concert but has been seen at the concert with massive LED branding in the arenas that says “Fresh Seafood & Cocktails, Yours Truly.”
Truly and Dua Lipa signed a partnership in May of 2021 where she was the star of their new campaign at the time, “No One is Just One Flavor.” Since then, Dua Lipa has been in commercials for Truly as well as consistently posting on social media while tagging the brand.
The global superstar also has endorsement deals with Versace and Taco Bell. Dua Lipa was seen in a campaign dressed up with a Versace bag as well as starring on the runway during a fashion show for the brand as well as being the face for the brand on billboards wearing items with the logo. In her partnership with Taco Bell, Lipa can be seen in a commercial during the Super Bowl in 2022.
Among all Pop Music Artists, Lipa is ranked #18 in total social following with over 104 million followers while growing 30% year-over-year. Compared to the top five pop music artists ranked by social following, Dua Lipa ranks second in highest average engagement rate per branded post with a 1.82%, just behind Selena Gomez who has a 2.65% avg. engagement.
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will be headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. In total, the five artists combined have +350 million social media followers. Snoop Dogg leverages his followers with 16 brand partnerships, the most deals of the Halftime performers. Eminem leads the way in terms of total followers ranking #6 amongst Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B Music Artists with +150 million followers. Followed by Snoop Dogg ranking #7 with +129 million followers.
As of now, Snoop will be featured in two Super Bowl commercials this coming Sunday during the big game. One of the Ads will feature Snoop and the other halftime performers in a Pepsi commercial. The second comes from his brand partner, Bic Lighters, starring himself and Martha Stewart. The partnership with Bic Lighters has developed co-branded content with Snoop which has allowed him create his own lighters featuring his image. According to the SponsorUnited platform, Snoop’s highest engaged post is currently from an Instagram post with Triller during the Jake Paul – Ben Askren fight which he announced live. Old El Paso, a tex-mex brand and Takis, the maker of a spicy tortilla chip, partnered with Snoop Dogg to create and showcase a new product that combines the Old El Paso taco shells with the Takis spicy tortilla chip. In multiple ads, Snoop is seen showcasing the new product on Instagram while in a Old El Paso truck.
On January 28th, Eminem and Peloton partnered to kick off The Peloton Eminem Artist Series with a special one-night boxing event. Members were able to join three live boxing classes to Eminem’s music followed by three more days of different types of exercises. Along with Peloton, Eminem has a partnership with Pepsi for the Halftime show as well as Nifty Gateway & Mitchell & Ness.
Rihanna was the #1 artist in 2021 for total engagement on promoted social posts, delivering 210M likes/shares while promoting Boots UK, Savage X Fenty: Lingerie by Rihanna and others.
Female artist reach in general is on another level: The combined 261 teams/league followers of the NFL, EPL, NBA, La Liga, Serie A, MLB, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, NHL, MLS still wouldn’t exceed the top 10 most popular female artists (3.11B vs. 2.99B).
And just to run up the score, female artists deliver 2.7X the engagement on branded posts vs. their male counterparts, engaging an average of 1.0% of their followers on posts that include brands, vs. 0.37%.On average, each music artist signs more than 3 endorsement deals while the top brand signing music artists is Pepsi.
According to the SponsorUnited Technology Sponsorships Report, Music Artists & Entertainers are making big moves in the virtual 3D space. Music Artists and Entertainment Influencers have stepped onto a new virtual stage, one that could very well shape the future of how we consume live music events. Ariana Grande is the latest example of this having partnered with Fortnite to create the “Rift Tour” allowing players to have an in-game concert experience.