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Internet Votes to Send Rapper Pitbull to Alaska Walmart

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's official. Miami Rapper Pitbull will be visiting the Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska, by the end of the month.

The rapper was part of a promotion with the retail giant in which he would visit the Walmart with the most "likes" on its Facebook page, but when a writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper suggested it would be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, people rallied to the cause.

The informal campaign -- promoted on Twitter under the hash tag #ExilePitbull -- took on on a life of its own.

While many who participated were Pitbull fans, others voted to send the rapper away because they don't like his music, and yet others took part because they thought the plan was funny.

As of Tuesday, Walmart's Kodiak location had more than 70,000 "likes" on its Facebook page.

Kodiak was the clear winner, although people around the country tried hard to lure Pitbull to a store near them.

"From Miami to St. Louis we saw hundreds of thousands of fans like their local Walmart Facebook page, but Kodiak was the winner," Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer told ABC News on Tuesday.

The contest closed Monday.

In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Pitbull -- whose real name is Armando Perez -- addressed the outcome of the contest. "I heard that Kodiak, Alaska, has the most likes due to someone that thinks he was playing a prank … but you've got to understand, I will go anywhere in the world for my fans," he said.

As for what the rapper will do once he's in Kodiak, those details are still being finalized, but Pitbull will "definitely be meeting the community and our store associates," Spencer said.

Further details of the upcoming visit -- which was expected to happen by the end of July -- will be shared within the next couple of days, she added.

On the Kodiak Walmart's Facebook page, the news was greeted with approval. People had "liked" the page from all over the nation, and from Colombia, Great Britain, Brazil and other countries around the world.

"Congratulations Walmart Kodiak!! I'm at the other end of the world (New Zealand) and am glad I could help a little. Enjoy!!" one poster wrote.

Another added: "Pitbull is indeed a good sport for maintaining a positive attitude for something that was initially intended as a prank. Hope all you Kodiak inhabitants have fun!!!"

Kodiak Island is about 225 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's home to the nation's largest Coast Guard base, and the island is known for its Kodiak brown bear population.

When it became clear that Kodiak's Walmart was pulling ahead in the votes, the rapper tweeted about bear repellent being available at the store. Spencer said staffers would likely have some for him as a gift.

He'll be prepared for bears, but he'll also need to dress for the weather.

According to, the high on Kodiak Island is not expected to break 60 degrees over the next two weeks, and the forecast calls for rain.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Internet Could 'Exile' Rapper Pitbull to Remote Alaskan Walmart

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Miami rapper Pitbull is associated with all things caliente, but an online campaign could soon have him chilling on Kodiak, an Alaskan island.

The chart-topping rapper, who performs in English and Spanish, will visit the Walmart store in the city of Kodiak, if that store's Facebook page has the most "likes."

The idea came about after a writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper thought it would be funny to send Pitbull -- whose real name is Armando Perez -- to the most remote Walmart possible.

The Kodiak Walmart has a significant lead in the contest. As of Monday evening, the store had more than 38,000 "likes" on its Facebook page.

But it's not over yet. Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer said other Walmart shoppers have until July 16 to "like" their local stores and pull ahead of Kodiak.

"I know Pitbull is hoping his Miami Walmart shoppers start 'liking' their Facebook page," she said.

That would require some heavy lifting, with one Miami location -- in Miami Gardens -- registering just 569 "likes" on Monday evening.

"He's definitely coming to Kodiak if Kodiak wins," she said.

Pitbull, who is touring Europe, seems to be amenable.

"Wherever the fans want to have a party, I will be there," he said in an emailed statement sent Monday from Austria.

On Twitter, fans of the rapper -- and those who are tickled by the promotion -- are weighing in at the hashtag #ExilePitbull. Some seem to approve of the plan to send him very far away.

"Nothing made me happier today than finding out people are trying to send Pitbull to Alaska. God that guy sucks. Count me in!" one Twitter user wrote, while another added: "Hate Pitbull? Want to exile him to Alaska? Read here to find out how!"

Others aren't as open in their dislike of the rapper, but seem to approve of the promotion.

"I don't jump on board with just any idea, but sending Pitbull to the most remote Walmart in America? Yeah, I back that," one wrote, while another tweeted: "This is too hilarious everyone like the fb page."

And one girl from Kodiak is lobbying hard for the rapper’s arrival, posting the following tweet: "Kodiak, Alaskas zipcode is 99615. please send pitbull here."

Kodiak Island is about 225 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's home to the nation's largest Coast Guard base, and the island is known for its Kodiak brown bear population.

According to the 2010 census, an estimated 6,300 people live in the city of Kodiak.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Nicolas Cage, John Cusack to Star in Alaskan Serial Killer Flick?

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nicolas Cage and John Cusack are reportedly in talks to star in The Frozen Ground, a thriller about the true story of an Alaskan serial killer and the state trooper who tracked him down.

Variety reports Cage would play the Alaska State Trooper while Cusack would play the killer, Robert Hansen.

Hansen is currently serving 461 years in prison for four murders.  Authorities say he abducted dozens of women and then flew them into the Alaskan wilderness where he released and then hunted them.

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