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Spotify takes a dig at in-app ads | Leo Burnett
The film takes on advertising clichés to a catchy tune.
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Spotify and Nucleya take a dig at in-app ads in its latest ad

The film takes on advertising clichés to a catchy tune.
  • Spotify’s latest campaign featuring Nucleya is conceptualised by Leo Burnett.
  • The ads aim to encourage users to go Premium with ‘no ads.’
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Spotify’s latest campaign featuring Nucleya aka Udyan Sagar encourages users to go Premium on the platform and takes a dig at in-app ads. Launched earlier this week, the ads highlight how to avoid ‘ads ki chik chik’ on Spotify.

India is a value-conscious market, and the willingness to pay for music is negligible despite benefits such as ad free music, high quality sound, and unlimited offline listening. Keeping this in mind, the campaign, conceptualised by Leo Burnett, makes a case for the paid service offering - Spotify Premium - by focusing on an obvious pain point that interrupts a great music experience - ad breaks.


Partnering with powerhouse artist Nucleya, the film takes on advertising clichés to a catchy tune. The campaign is a lighthearted anti-anthem for ads breaks, taking on category stereotypes such as exaggerated product shots, words, and imagery that advertising is still actively using, but the audiences are done and over with.

Speaking about the campaign, Vikram Pandey (Spiky) National Creative Director, Leo Burnett India said “We had a blast coming up with advertising clichés and typical executions that we have been seeing for decades. Collaborating with Nucleya and jamming with him over video calls was the highlight of this Spotify campaign. He is absolutely brilliant and so humble. I am sure the audiences will enjoy watching it as much as we did creating it. One of the team members had this idea of planting Easter eggs for Nucleya fans, by using titles of his tracks at various places. This worked wonderfully on social media.”

The campaign has been released on digital platforms.