EPIC RECORDS TO RELEASE
LISTEN UP! THE OFFICIAL FIFA World Cup™ 2010 ALBUM
Charity Compilation to Feature Original Songs from Sony Music Artists Including Shakira, R. Kelly, Wyclef, Pitbull and many more collaborating with African writers, producers and performers.
NEW YORK, NY – May 24, 2010 – Epic Records to release Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Album on June 1st. The 2010 album features original songs from today’s hottest artists collaborating with African writers, producers and performers in an effort to showcase the vast talents within Africa. Proceeds from the album will benefit FIFA’s “20 Centers for 2010” initiative, whose aim is to achieve positive social change through football by building twenty Football for Hope centers for public health, education and football across Africa, and other African charities.
The compilation consists of 12 tracks including the Official Song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), written and co-produced by Shakira and.Freshlyground. It will also include the Official Anthem Sign of A Victory by R. Kelly and Soweto Spiritual Singers, and the Official Mascot song, Game On by Pitbull, TKZee and Dario G.
**NB There are 2 bonus tracks on the South African version of ‘Listen Up!’ detailed below.
Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Album:
1. R. Kelly featuring Soweto Spiritual Singers – Sign of a Victory (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Anthem)
2. Shakira featuring Freshlyground – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song)
3. Nneka – Viva Africa
4. Matisyahu featuring Nameless – One Day
5. Ternielle Nelson, Jason Hartman, UJU, Louise Carver, Aya & Deep Level – Shosoloza 2010
6. J Pre, Wyclef, Jazmine Sullivan, and B Howard – Ke Nako
7. Angelique Kidjo and John Legend – Move On Up
8. Judy Bailey featuring Uju – Spirit of Freedom
9. Pitbull, TKZee and Dario G – Game On (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Mascot Song)
10. MISIA ft M2J + Francis Jocky – Maware Maware
11. Claudia Leitte and Lira – Mascaras (South Africa ’10 to Brasil ’14)
12. Siphiwo featuring Message of Hope from Nelson Mandela – Hope
13. Soweto String Quartet – Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica (God Bless Africa) **
14. Shakira featuring Freshlyground – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song) (AfroFab mix) **
Jive Recording artist R. Kelly will perform Sign of a Victory with the Soweto Spiritual Singers at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony on June 11 in Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium. Epic recording artist Shakira will perform Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) together with South African artist Freshlyground at the Closing Ceremony before the FIFA World Cup™ Final on July 11, also in Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium. All proceeds from the songs will benefit FIFA’s Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ “20 Centers for 2010.”
In addition to her performance at the final match, Shakira will be one of the headline performers at the official FIFA World Cup™ Kick-off Celebration Concert on June 10, broadcast from Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg South Africa.
The video for Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) featuring internationally known football players will be made available at the end of the month.
For more information, please visit http://www.listenupalbum.com.