Jay Z Launches 40/40 Beverage in Duane Reade, Walgreens

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Jay Z Launches 40/40 Beverage in Duane Reade, Walgreens

Hov teams up with Kevin Liles for a new "everyday" drink.

Published June 18, 2014

On the heels of launching the sports division of his Roc Nation, Jay Z is expanding the athletic experience with a new beverage created for "sports-loving males," reports Forbes.

In partnership with his former Def Jam cohort, Kevin Liles, the "Arnold Palmer-esque" drink, 40/40, named after Hov's successful sports bar and lounge franchise, is available around the country (since May) in drug stores Duane Reade and Walgreens.

And, in line with Jay's presence as a lifestyle brand, the packaging, the bottle, allows customers to point a smart phone at it to call up Hov-related content.

"We have a great-tasting beverage," Liles said. "But the second part of it is providing a new network for the brands or icons to communicate with their fans. I call it, 'disrupting the consumer packaged goods industry' by having your products actually talk to you."

Mariah Carey is also working with Liles and his Go N'Syde company; they launched her drink, a pink-colored beverage targeted to young and middle-aged women, called, "Butterfly." Both artists have a special endorsement deal with Liles that is not just about a one-time marketing check.

"Every time people buy a bottle, they get paid," Liles revealed. The drink costs $1.99 each for consumers.

"I never dreamed that I could have an interactive experience with my fans while drinking my own beverage," Mariah said in a statement. "The whole concept is innovative and refreshing and the drink is beyond."

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