Lady Gaga teamed up with her manager Troy Carter and photographer, Terry Richardson (creative director) to launch Pop Water (maybe to coincide with Gaga’s new ARTPOP album). Pop Water, will be a hybrid water in a 11.2 oz can with favors like apple, orange, pineapple and grape. The beverage will be just 30 calories with 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar. Look for the water in January 2013.
Troy Carter, founder and CEO of entertainment company Atom Factory and manager of Lady Gaga, and photographer Terry Richardson are teaming up for a new consumer product, Pop Water, set for an early 2013 debut. The new beverage will be marketed as a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks — an 11.2 oz can will contain 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar. Initial flavors will include apple, orange, pineapple and grape.
Carter tells Billboard the idea for Pop Water resulted from the various conversations his company had with Pepsi and Coca-Cola over the years regarding their respective music initiatives. “We noticed none of the brands had music in their DNA,” he says. “We felt we could build something with relevance to music and pop culture if we built something from scratch. Whether it’s flying to Kentucky with food scientists or flying around the world sourcing the packaging, the last two years has been an education for us in the beverage space.”
Pop Water will start with a soft January launch in Southern California before expanding nationally later in 2013. Musicians are expected to play a part of the marketing as well, though Carter was light on details. “We’re talking to a bunch of music and pop culture icons who’ve tasted the beverage. We’re gonna have a lot of support behind this,” he says.
Though Pop Water will have celebrity faces, they won’t be of the typical “sip-and ah!” variety. “The idea is not to be just an endorsement but to be a part of people’s lives,” Carter says. “Endorsements, where they’re just one-offs feels like the artists just got a check for it. For us, we set out to make something that’s a lot healthier than what’s in the market. It’s really hard to get 30 calories to taste good.”
And ultimately, Carter feels the biggest opportunity for Pop Water is to market itself around the current healthy-food movement. “We see what’s happening in New York with Mayor Bloomberg and this consciousness throughout the country where people want to get healthier, looking for alternatives,” he says. “When we saw what was happening with Subway and how they completely disrupted McDonald’s…it’s a bigger movement than what we expected.”