Ricky Martin will record a 2014 World Cup song written by Elijah King, an artist who has made several appearances on the Billboard Latin charts since 2009. Sony Music announced today (Feb. 10) that King is the winner of Sony's "Supersong" World Cup song contest.
The bilingual English and Spanish-language song "Vida," which has a tropical pop vibe, will be produced by Salaam Remi, known for his work with The Fugees, Amy Winehouse and Nas. The song will be included on FIFA partner Sony's official 2014 World Cup album, to be released on RCA in May. And a video for "Vida," Martin's second World Cup song, will be shot in Brazil in March, to be included in a TV special that will air on Sony Pictures TV channels.
King was most recently featured on "Te Gusta" a song by Venezuela's Grupo Treo that reached No. 4 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart in 2013. His 2011 solo single "Quitate la Ropa" peaked at No. 30 on that chart.
The Miami-based singer/songwriter -who shares a Puerto Rican heritage with Martin - beat out four lesser-known finalists who entered the contest by uploading their songs to supersong.com. The field featured upbeat if not overwhelmingly original entries, but all of the finalists succeeded in coming up with songs that Ricky Martin could conceivably make the most of.
The competitors were: Tim David Weller, a 20-year-old singer from Dillenburg, Germany who had appeared on the TV talent contest "Deutschland sucht den Superstar;" Sam Kwon, 23, an Australian of Korean heritage, who recently launched his singer career in Australia after having some success with an internet video; Brazilian Rodrigo Alexey a jingle composer who has a studio in Sao Paulo; and American-born Nicolas Salazar, who works as a musician and actor in Bogotá.
Martin's previous World Cup song, 1998's "La Copa de La Vida" (The Cup of Life,)" propelled the Puerto Rican singer into the global spotlight, taking off after he performed it on the Grammys. It charted at No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs, and went to No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Shakira's 2010 World Cup hit "Waka Waka," with South African group Freshly Ground, has sold 1.7 million downloads in the U.S.
2014's official World Cup song will be Pitbull's "We Are One" by Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte. The artists will perform their song at the opening ceremony of the soccer tournament, which kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo.