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Guess who's going to sing the official World Cup song?

No matter how good it is, it won’t be as good as Waka Waka.

JENNIFER LOPEZ AND Pitbull will join Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte on the official World Cup anthem “We Are One.”

“Only music and football can attract 80,000 people to a stadium, but a concert has just one artist, while football has 22,” FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said at the announcement at Brazil’s Maracana Stadium.

“We are here to break down barriers and show that through sports and music we are one,” said Pitbull, a Cuban-American rapper whose real name is Armando Christian Perez.


Leitte and Pitbull at today’s announcement in Rio (Felipe Dana/AP/Press Association Images)

Leitte said the song would show off her country’s love affair with musical and sporting rhythm.

“Music is my passion and football is the passion of the Brazilian people,” the singer said.

“We want to show the passion and the culture — that’s what we have in this record. We are in the finishing phases.

“This music will be a golazo!” she added, the Spanish and Portuguese term for “great goal”.

Lopez was not in Rio for today’s event.

Former Brazilian skipper and World Cup winner Cafu said the song “incorporates the rhythms of Brazil and of the Brazilian people — people will dance to the World Cup beat.”

Organizers hope the recording enjoys similar success to Colombian star Shakira’s “Waka Waka” signature tune from the last World Cup, held in South Africa in 2010.

That track was a huge success, notching up more than half a billion Youtube views.

YouTube Credit: shakiraVEVO

- © AFP, 2014

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