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

PRNewswire
NEW YORK
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.

  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

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 www.listenupalbum.com.

  About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists 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 American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista Records, Aware, Battery Records, Beach Street Records, Black Seal, BNA Records, Cinematic, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Fo-Yo Soul, GospoCentric, Hitz Committee Entertainment, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion Records, Slightly Dangerous, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Records, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corp., an Official Partner of FIFA and of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $79 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

Sony is also the industry leader in 3D innovation and implementation. With a wide range of consumer and professional products; content creation, editing and distribution; and 3D display solutions for the theater and the home, Sony is the only company with expertise in every part of the 3D environment.

About FIFA

The Federation Internationale de Football Association is the world governing body of football, comprising 208 football associations grouped into six confederations. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, FIFA's activities extend far beyond its broad spectrum of international competitions headed by the FIFA World Cup™. FIFA provides material, financial and promotional means to develop the game around the world, and offers underprivileged communities support through the Football for Hope movement. For the Game. For the World.

For more information on FIFA and its competitions, especially the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, please visit the official website at www.FIFA.com.

First Call Analyst:
FCMN Contact: katie.spoleti@sonymusic.com

SOURCE: Epic Records

CONTACT: Lauren Ceradini, Epic Records, +1-212-833-7965,
Lauren.ceradini@sonymusic.com

Web Site: http://www.listenupalbum.com/


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