Coca-Cola Launches Anywhere in the World the Coca-Cola Anthem for the London 2012 Olympic Games

Track Features GRAMMY Award Winner Mark Ronson and 2011 Mercury Prize Nominee, Katy B

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fusing the sounds of sport and music. Anywhere in the World, the anthem for the Coca-Cola London 2012 Olympic campaign, launched globally today. Available for purchase online, the exclusive track is the centerpiece of the brand’s Move to the Beat™ campaign.

Move to the Beat™ is designed to bring teens closer to the Olympic Games and to sport in general by engaging them through a fusion of two global teen passions – sport and music. Drawing inspiration from London’s musical heritage, the campaign combines London music with Olympic sport in an effort to connect young people to London 2012.

“The number one passion point for teens is music,” explains Shay Drohan, Senior Vice President of Sparkling Beverages, The Coca-Cola Company. “Through Move to the Beat™, Coca-Cola is inspiring teens around the world to move to the beat of London and come together in the biggest Olympic Games activation in our 84-year partnership.”

Coca-Cola Presents the Beat of London 2012

The creative process behind the production of the track has been brought to life in an engaging hour-long documentary currently airing across the globe. Ronson traveled the world gaining inspiration for the song and meeting young athletes to record the sounds of their sport, before teaming up with UK chart-topper Katy B to provide the vocals.

The athletes whose sounds form the beat of the track are:

  • Maria Espinoza, taekwondo athlete from Mexico
  • Dayyan Jaffar, archer from Singapore
  • Darius Knight, table tennis player from Great Britain
  • David Oliver, 110m hurdler from the United States
  • Kseniya Vdovina, 400m sprinter from Russia

In this musical experiment, Ronson recorded the array of sounds that each athlete produced while participating in their sport. He used innovative methods to capture the unique sounds of each individual sport, like cycling alongside hurdler David Oliver with a microphone to yield the sound that is produced at the precise moment his feet hit the ground.

“If someone had just sent me a hard disk of all these sounds of athletes, the track wouldn’t have been anywhere near as three-dimensional as it is because I needed those personal experiences with those athletes,” said Mark Ronson. “It’s just so important to be there to see these athletes and spend so much time around them and be in their environment to understand how to make this track.”

A sneak peak of Ronson’s journey is available online.

Global Digital Experience

Teens across the world are invited to be a part of Ronson’s journey and the Games through The Coca-Cola Company’s largest-ever digital program. The Create my Beat desktop application (www.coca-cola.com/theolympics) creates individualized beats by mixing a teen’s personal musical preference and their sporting interest with their online social media footprint. Once created, the personalized experience can be uploaded to The Global Beat, a worldwide online community that brings together individual beats to create an ever-evolving global music collaboration.

Mobile Experience

The My Beatmaker app for smartphones (available for free download online) goes one step further, using groundbreaking ZooZ technology to enable teens to create their Beat through the motion of their phone. The innovative technology detects the movements of the phone and transforms them into unique sounds.

Finally, targeting the largest audiences in countries like China and India, teens can sign up to receive SMS alerts about the campaign that include facts about the athletes and artists and Games related quizzes.

About The Coca-Cola Company

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