Shakira has confirmed she’ll perform “La La La (Brazil 2014)” featuring Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown at the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup.
The track, which has been billed as this year’s official World Cup anthem (not to be confused with the official SONG, which is “We Are One,” by Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte), has spent six weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 53 (it drops 60-77 this week), outpacing “We Are One,” which got as high as No. 59 on the Hot 100 while currently ranking at No. 90. More traction is expected for “La La La” following Shakira’s performance, which will be her third consecutive appearance at the World Cup, a first for a musical act.
Shakira’s “Waka Waka,” feat. Freshlyground, was the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and she also performed “Hips Don’t Lie” at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Berlin.
“I have an intricate relationship with football for obvious reasons,” Shakira said in a statement. The singer’s partner is Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique, with whom she has a son, Milan, who is featured kicking a soccer ball on the “La La La” video.
“For me the World Cup carries such a tremendous personal connection as well. This will be my third consecutive FIFA World Cup performance, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup changed my life forever — it’s where I began the love story of my life, and now have my son Milan as a result,” added Shakira. “For all of those reasons I just feel so grateful for the opportunity to come back to perform at the Closing Ceremony of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it feels right. The fans have shown the most incredible support for this song and I can’t wait to perform it for them.”
“LA LA LA” peaked at No. 53 on the Hot 100 on June 28, following the release of the music video and the start of the World Cup. This week it drops 60-77, but is expected to rise again following Shakira’s performance, much like “Waka Waka” did four years ago.