Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Pitbull & Janelle Monae's World Cup Music: Who's Winning the First Half?

Shut out or score? The battles are fierce, and not just on the field, as super-hyped event songs fight for glory

Americans finally have caught World Cup fever. The June 16 thriller between the United States and Ghana drew 15.9 million viewers on ESPN and Univision combined, according to Nielsen. While the games are grabbing eyeballs en masse, the musical tracks pegged to the World Cup are drawing mixed results. A sampling of top World Cup hits and their performance in the early rounds:

Wyclef Jean

"Dar Um Jeito," by Santana with Jean, Avicii and Alexander Pires, sold 1,000 downloads in the week ending June 15.


She hasn't even performed "Dare" yet, but already it is No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Official song "We Are One" entered the Hot 100 at No. 59 but sold 22,000 downloads in the Cup's first week.

Janelle Monae

Not even a Pepsi ad with soccer players could help sales of her cover of David Bowie's "Heroes"


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