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: Taco Bell names Lil Nas X to newly-created role, chief impact officer

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Taco Bell has named Grammy winner Lil Nas X to a newly created honorary role, chief impact officer, the latest in a string of collaborations between fast-food chains and popular musical acts.

Lil Nas X once worked at Taco Bell. Now he’s releasing his debut album “Montero” and Taco Bell is working with him on menu items and experiences tied to the release. To start, Lil Nas X will appear in advertising for the brand’s breakfast menu, which will return to 90% of restaurants in September.

“Lil Nas X knows the job, the experience and the culture Taco Bell creates for its fans – including its people,” said Mark King, chief executive of Taco Bell, in a statement.

Taco Bell is part of the Yum Brands Inc.
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portfolio of brands. Yum stock has run up nearly 24% for the year to date, outpacing the S&P 500 index
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which is up 18.3% for the period.

The news follows a string of announcements from fast-food chains that have partnered with musical acts.

Jack in the Box Inc.
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partnered with Jason Derulo on a virtual restaurant business with Uber Eats
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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
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launched a Miley Cyrus-themed burrito based on a TikTok trend.

Starbucks Corp.
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teamed up with Chance the Rapper for a TikTok challenge.

See: Opinion: Instead of playing the celebrity game, I’d rather see McDonald’s put more effort into developing new products

And McDonald’s Corp.’s MCD latest partnership with Saweetie is the latest in its Famous Orders program, which has also seen the fast-food giant pair with BTS, J Balvin and others. McDonald’s has attributed a sales boost to the partnership with rapper Travis Scott.

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