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Shakira, Pitbull, J Lo in WC 2014 song brouhaha

By Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Update: 5:00PM Who cares what the official World Cup 2014 song is?

Brazilian fans are in a tizz over the selection of a track which features not-Brazilian-enough stars Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.

But thats just the official song, not the official anthem, which is the confection Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)" performed by Santana and Wyclef Jean featuring Avicii and Alexandre Pires.

FIFA's release of the official 2014 Cup theme 'We Are One (Ole Ola)' sung by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull hasn't gone down well with the legions of football-crazy Brazilians.

They complain that the song is mostly in English and Spanish, leaving only a few seconds at the end for Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte to sing in her native Portuguese.

Football fans expressed their outrage on the social network Twitter by creating a hashtag called VoltaWakaWaka, which references Shakiras popular World Cup theme from South Africa 2010 and calls for its return to official song status.

Meanwhile, the diminutive Colombian songstress, whose partner Gerard Pique stars for defending world champions Spain, has released her own World Cup song. It will be out on the same FIFA-sanctioned album as We Are One, but it isnt the official song.

Which song is better?

You should care if you intend watching the tournament which kicks off in a fortnight. One of these pop snacks is going to be force-fed to you for the best part of six weeks.

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