Coming Home: LeBron James Climbs the Viral Video Chart (Again)

Ikea, Air New Zealand, Exxon and Google Also Win Views for Online Campaigns

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LeBron James is back in heavy ad rotation, on TV and online, as the new NBA season arrives and he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers. A new campaign starring Mr. James from Beats by Dre topped any other non-movie brand campaign on the web in the week that ended Sunday, according to Visible Measures. Previous chart-topping LeBron brand videos include Samsung's ad for the LeBron app last May, the Miami Heat's Harlem Shake video last year and and a Nike clip upon his move to Miami in 2010. (Mr. James is also on TV right now in a new Sprite ad, a Creativity pick this week.)

Other hits on the latest Viral Video Chart include a new Air New Zealand in-flight safety video, again set in Middle Earth and this time starring Elijah Wood; Ikea's "Shining" homage, timed to Halloween; and Exxon's campaign encouraging young people to become engineers.

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