Ole Ola! Jennifer Lopez Is Hitting the World Cup
Thursday’s FIFA World Cup just got a lot more… iconic.
Contrary to earlier reports, Jennifer Lopez has confirmed that she will join Pitbull and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte to perform the game’s 2014 anthem “We Are One (Ole Ola).”
“People get nervous and I think it was a little bit premature to announce anything,” Lopez, who promoted her upcoming album with a free concert in her native Bronx, told The Associated Press. “But we are definitely going.”
Lopez says her feature on the song—and now, at the internationally-renowned bout—is all due to her “On the Floor” and “Dance Again” collaborator.
“This was one of Pitbull’s call-ins,” Lopez added. “He had this record and he’s like, ‘I think this record could be great for the World Cup.’ He’s like, ‘Will you do it with me?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, of course.’”
The June 12 opening game will see Brazil face off against Croatia in front of more than 48,000 fans at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, with matches scheduled between Mexico and Cameroon, Colombia and Greece, and Côte d’Ivoire and Japan throughout the month-long series. The date falls five days before the release of Lopez’s eighth studio album (10th, if you count her two compilation efforts), and will likely boost her chances of earning a fifth RIAA-certified platinum disc.
Take a look at Lopez, Pitbull, and Leitte in the video for “We Are One (Ole Ola)” below, and tune in to the World Cup tomorrow on ESPN, ABC, and Univision.