Will Smith and Nicky Jam, together with Albanian singer Era Istrefi, will perform the official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia song, according to published reports and independent sources. The track will be produced by Diplo and is slated for release May 25. The news was first reported by Vibe and Colombian radio station W Radio and confirmed independently by Billboard with sources close to the project on Monday afternoon (May 21).
Although there are multiple songs associated with the World Cup, the official anthem is usually the most high-profile and is performed at the finale of the World Cup, which will be watched by an estimated 2 billion people. Past anthems include Shakira’s “Waka Waka” and Ricky Martin’s “The Cup of Life.”
According to an interview with Nicky Jam manager Juan Diego Medina that aired on W Radio, Nicky Jam and Smith were in Budapest putting final touches to the song which will come out this Friday.