Pepsi/Coke Feud Could Keep Nicki Minaj Off ‘American Idol’

Nicki Minaj’s shot at a seat in the American Idol judge’s chair could be derailed by a can of Pepsi, The New York Post reports. American Idol is famously Product Placement-palooza for Coca-Cola … which could be a problem for Minaj’s multimillion dollar endorsement deal with Pepsi.

Pepsi sponsors Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday Reloaded tour and the rapper also fronts the brand’s Live For Now campaign. While it’s unclear exactly what her Pepsi contract says, it is likely that it carries language barring her from working with a competitor. American Idol plans to start holding auditions in the next week or two, so they’re anxious to sort this out soon. I mean, maybe they can just let her sit next to a Pepsi can instead of a Coke can?

I think the hashtag for this should be #richpeopleproblems.

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Six Iconic Moments In Soda Marketing

New Yorkers are up in arms this week thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new plan to ban extra large sizes of full-calorie soft drinks from being served at restaurants, movie theaters, and other fat factories. Some people are for the ban while others think it’s facist, but what we’re busy thinking about is how soda, no matter how sugary, has contributed to culture.

Over the years, soda brands have made a point to hire celebrities to pimp their brands, but there’s been a special relationship between musicians and the carbonated community that’s churned out some iconic images. Of course they’re advertisements and are therefore designed to be catchy and attractive, but over the years soda brands—or at least Coke and Pepsi—have used their massive, corn syrup-soaked wallets to bring us unforgettable moments.

Check out some of our favorites below.

There was Michael Jackson for Pepsi:

And George Michael for Diet Coke:

Robert Palmer and his ladypals found Pepsi, well, simply irresistible:


Whitney Houston for Diet Coke:


Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Enrique Iglesias for Pepsi:


And, of course, Coke’s famous sing-along: