RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that "We Are One (Ole Ola)," by global superstar Pitbull, featuring global superstar Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian artist Claudia Leitte, has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. The song will be performed by Pitbull, together with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, at the FIFA World Cup™ Opening Ceremony on June 12 at the Arena de Sao Paulo.
"I'm honored to join Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte at the FIFA World Cup to bring the world together," says Pitbull. "I truly believe that this great game and the power of music will help unify us, because we are best when we are one."
"I grew up in a house that loved futbol, so I am thrilled to be performing at the World Cup Opening Ceremonies with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte," says Jennifer Lopez. "This is an amazing celebration of global unity, competition and the sport."
"I am very happy and thrilled to represent my country at the FIFA World Cup alongside these two amazing artists who I admire and respect. I love sharing my culture and country to people through music!" says Claudia Leitte. "The FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest events on the planet, and I look forward to dancing samba with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez in Brazil - we are one!"
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said, "FIFA and Sony Music are extremely excited to share the impressive talent of Claudia Leitte with the world, alongside such internationally celebrated artists as Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. In my many visits to this country I've seen and heard a lot about the great Brazilian music tradition and it gives me great pleasure to see a Brazilian artist at the heart of this song. I'm sure, like me, millions of football and music fans all over the world will be eagerly awaiting the song's release."
"We Are One (Ole Ola)" will debut later this year ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, and will be included on the upcoming "Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album™" to be released by Sony Music Entertainment.
A video for "We Are One (Ole Ola)" is also in development and will be available in standard definition as well as in 4K.
Miami-native Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull also known as Mr. Worldwide and Mr. 305 is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed 5 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. An international sensation, Pitbull has #1 hits in more than 15 countries, and he has charged out of the gate this year on top, scoring the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with "Timber" featuring Ke$ha. He gets close to 1 billion impressions per month on social media and his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times; the music video for the single "Give Me Everything" has alone received over 300 million views on YouTube and Pitbull's first #1 radio hit. His world tour sold out concerts in United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, China and Japan. Pitbull's latest album release Global Warming features massive hit singles "Feel This Moment" featuring Christina Aguilera, "Don't Stop The Party" which followed his 2 million plus selling single "Back In Time." On November 25, 2013, Pitbull released a deluxe edition titled Global Warming: Meltdown which includes hit single "Timber" featuring Ke$ha along with 4 other brand new collaborations with Kelly Rowland, Mayer Hawthorne, Mohombi and Inna. Global Warming is the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Pit, which earned critical acclaim and enjoyed massive commercial success with sales of more than 1.7 million albums and 19 million singles.
About Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, and entertainer who has established herself in both music and film. She is a successful recording and touring artist with record sales in excess of $75 million and a cumulative box office gross of over $2 billion. Lopez is one of the most influential female artists in history. As an artist, fashion icon, entrepreneur, and a philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez has been named Forbes magazine's most powerful celebrity and People Magazine's first Most Beautiful Woman in the world. Jennifer Lopez is a global icon and the ultimate triple threat.
About Claudia Leitte
Claudia Leitte is a successful Brazilian musician and superstar, recognized for her talent, performance style, innovation, and charisma. In a little over a decade, Claudia Leitte has become one of the biggest names in Brazilian music, having won major Brazilian music awards and boasting over 15 million social media followers. In 2003, Claudia Leitte began her career as the lead vocalist for a local band in Bahia, in the northeast area of Brazil and the center of Carnival, a celebration which attracts over 3 million people annually. In 2008, Claudia began her solo career with the release of her debut album entitled "Ao Vivo em Copacabana." The live album and concert DVD filmed on the legendary Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in front of an audience full of over 1 million fans, was a massive success, selling over triple platinum status, and transforming Claudia in a Brazilian pop star. Her second album, "As Mascaras," received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Pop Album. 2012 was particularly meaningful for Leitte, with the release of her critically-acclaimed album "Negalora-Intimo." That same year she served as a mentor on Brazilian TV show "The Voice." Claudia recently released a new album entitled "Axemusic," a tribute to Axe, the rhythmic style that is the basis of her musical style.
About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street/Reunion Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
The Federation Internationale de Football Association is the world governing body of football, comprising 209 football associations grouped into six confederations. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, FIFA's mission is to develop the game of football at all levels, to touch the world through competitions such as the FIFA World Cup™ and to use the power and popularity of football to build a better future for the underprivileged. For the Game. For the World.
SOURCE Sony Music Entertainment