Who says major labels don’t get the internet? Eminem’s sixth studio album will come with three digital applications including a “browser skin, blog spider and augmented digital art competition.”The ‘E-Lapse skin’ comes as a Firefox plug-in or a web-based browser skin, which flips every letter ‘E’ viewed through the browser backwards; while Eminem images and videos replace banner and video ads. It’s worth having a look at here: www.e-lapse.net. Or check this e-lapsed image for a general idea.Web page filters and translators have existed for several years. Have a look at http://rinkworks.com/dialect/ the Dialectizer to see an old school favourite which translates web pages into Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, and Pig Latin. The Eminem Firefox skin also replaces video ads on any web page with Eminem images and videos: effectively a rap artist ad blocker.The augmented reality (AR) digital art competition offers fans the chance to create 3D visuals on their screens using a printout, a webcam and some online tools. It’s a pretty sophisticated competition (not necessarily always a good thing) but one which should identify the hardcore fans – which in the age of high end boxsets replacing CD income is what every self respecting established artist should be aiming for nowadays.Finally the spider blog will sit alongside these two apps, acting as an activity hub for fans and tracking Twitter posts Flickr images and other online chatter around the release. Polydor UK is behind all this, together with UK firm Outside Line.In terms of innovative digital marketing it’s almost up there with AC/DC’s release for Back in Black which won a MediaGuardian Award for Sony back in March.
Polydor breaks new digital ground with Eminem’s Relapse
May 11th, 2009 by Music Ally