Pitbull headed to Alaska to perform for Walmart
(CBS/AP) Miami-based rapper Pitbull is about ot bring his act to Kodiak, Alaska.
The unlikely tour stop announced Tuesday will mark the first time the chart-topper will visit the state, and it comes as a result of a marketing deal and perhaps a little mischief from Facebook fans.
Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez, in a promotion with Walmart and Sheets Energy Strips, agreed to visit whichever Walmart got the most "likes" on its Facebook page.
David Thorpe, a writer for The Boston Phoenix, thought it would be funny to exile the "Give Me Everything" rapper to the most remote Walmart possible, and encouraged people to "like" the Walmart in Kodiak.
Located in a city with a population of about 6,100, the store wound up with more than 70,000 "likes." The surrounding borough (what Alaska calls its counties) has about 14,000 people.
Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer said details of the trip are still being worked out, including whether it will be a one- or two-day appearance.
Pitbull will spend time in the community and with Walmart employees, Spencer said.
"I heard that Kodiak, Alaska, has the most likes due to someone who thinks he was playing a prank," Pitbull said in a Youtube video. "I said, `OK, great, this sounds really good.' You have to understand I will go anywhere in the world for my fans."
And, as the The Phoenix reports, he doesn't want to make the trip alone.
"I want to invite that someone who thinks it's a joke to Kodiak, Alaska, with me," he said.
It appears that invitation will be accepted.
In an email to The Associated Press, Thorpe said it's "very likely" he'll be in Kodiak. Thorpe said he had to "raise the funds to get to Kodiak on my own, since Pitbull's invitation doesn't include actually getting me there."
Thorpe said he doesn't really have anything against Pitbull, and instead saw this as a way "to disrupt a corporate social media campaign, since they really set themselves up for it."
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