Mix-masters Across Nation Compete in DJ Battle Hosted by McDonald's

     Mix-masters Across Nation Compete in DJ Battle Hosted by McDonald's

Ultimate battle of eats and beats launches online, America to help decide DJ
with the most 'flavor'

PR Newswire

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 9, 2012

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --McDonald's USA is teaming with
men's style and lifestyle network Complex Media for the McDonald's Flavor
Battle, a national DJ competition featuring some of America's hottest
up-and-coming mix-masters and beatsmiths. The 13-week national challenge has
begun with 24 DJs each representing a U.S. region and a McDonald's iconic
burger — the Angus Third Pounder (East Coast), Double Quarter Pounder with
Cheese (Central) and Big Mac (West Coast). Now in its fourth year, the
competition has garnered recognition from award-winning disc jockey/music
producer/radio personality/music mogul DJ Khaled.

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"Being a DJ isn't a sideline gig, it's a culture and a lifestyle, and to be
successful it takes steady dedication, drive and practice," said DJ Khaled.
"This is a competitive industry and it's inspiring to see McDonald's, one of
the world's most significant brands, provide this exclusive opportunity to
up-and-coming talent."

Music and burger lovers can listen to a custom music mix from each DJ on
http://www.FlavorBattle.com and vote daily for their favorite flavor master in
each region. The three DJs with the most votes, one from each region, will
travel to the finale in Miami and compete for the $10,000 grand prize in front
of a panel of celebrity judges and crowd of hip audiophiles. Ultimately, one
DJ will be crowned the Flavor Battle champion.

"There're some hot mixes in this year's battle," said Khaled. "I encourage
everyone to check out the site and vote."

Music lovers are encouraged to vote often for their favorite mix-master. Each
vote helps the DJ advance to the next round and also qualifies consumers for a
chance to win a $2,000 cash grand prize or trip for two to the finale event in
Miami on February 7, 2013. Voters can also share their top picks with friends
and followers via Facebook and Twitter directly from

"McDonald's Flavor Battle brings some of the best, most creative DJ talent
from across the nation to one place for the ultimate battle of eats and
beats," said Rob Jackson, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "We are a brand
that aspires to be a good neighbor in ways that are relevant to the diverse
communities we serve, and we value connections with customers both within and
outside our restaurants."

Flavor Battle launched in 2009 as an extension of McDonald's 365Black
initiative. McDonald's 365Black platform was created to celebrate the pride,
heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.

About McDonald's

McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States
offering a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more
than 26 million customers every day.Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000
U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local businessmen and
women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,500
participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information,
visit http://www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and
Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and
menu items.

About Complex Media

Complex Media is the leading provider of style, entertainment, lifestyle and
product content dedicated to young male tastemakers. The company launched in
2002 with Complex magazine, a men's style guide and lifestyle publication with
a current circulation of 345,000. Complex Media expanded to include flagship
web site Complex.com (http://www.complex.com), which attracts more than 2.2
million unique monthly visitors; as well as the Complex Media Network
(http://www.complexmedianetwork.com), a network of 70+, 100% exclusive Web
sites targeting men 18-34 which generates more than 420 million page views and
attracts 37 million unique visitors per month.

The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald's Corporation and
its affiliates: 365Black, Arch Card, Angus Third Pounder, Big Mac, Double
Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Flavor Battle and McDonald's.

© 2012 McDonald's


Website: http://www.mcdonalds.com
Contact: Beletra Atwaters, McDonald's USA, beletra.atwaters@us.mcd.com,
+1-630-623-2901; or Paris Ivory, Burrell Communications, pivory@burrell.com,
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