Jason Derulo perfomed ‘Color’ Official songs of FIFA World Cup 2018

There are generally number of official songs for the 2018 World Cup but Jason Derulo’s ‘Colors’ is the official ‘Coca-Cola anthem’ for the tournament in Russia.

The song was launched on March 9 with Derulo writing on Twitter: “Represent your country – represent your flag. Be proud of where you’re from and who you are.”

Who is Jason Derulo?

Jason Derulo perfomed 'Color' Official songs of FIFA World Cup 2018

Derulo (whose real name is Jason Joel Desrouleaux) is an award-winning American singer and songwriter, of Haitian descent.

Generally a pop music artist, Jason Derulo’s music straddles a number of genres, such as R’n’B, Dance and Hip Hop, and he has worked with a variety of different singers and rappers during his career.

The Florida native has written songs for the likes of Diddy and Lil Wayne as well as collaborating with Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. He is also a regular on the American television circuit.

According to MTV, Jason Derulo’s influences include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Prince, Usher and Justin Timberlake.

Since 2010 he has released four studio albums and a fifth, ‘777’, is due for release in April of this year.

 Past official World Cup songs

Jason Derulo perfomed 'Color' Official songs of FIFA World Cup 2018

Given the scale of the World Cup and the audience it reaches, it is not surprising to see some of the biggest pop artists getting involved in the musical side of its promotion.

Keen observers will note that Shakira has been heavily involved in the past three World Cups with her songs regularly featuring on official broadcasts and at fan zones.

Other singers and bands to have songs associated with the World Cup include Pitbull, Carlos Santana, R. Kelly, Anastacia and Vangelis.

Below is a selection of those.

World Cup 2014, Brazil: Carlos Santana – Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)

Seventies Latin rock icon Carlos Santana provided one of the official songs for the World Cup in Brazil 2014. The song ‘Dar um Jeita’ featured Wyclef Jean, Avicii and Alexandre Pires.

World Cup 2010, South Africa: Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)

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Colombian pop star Shakira has had her music intertwined with the last three World Cups, but perhaps the most memorable is ‘Waka Waka’, which came out for the 2010 World Cup. The video for the song featured a number of famous footballers and it was through it that she met her future beau Gerard Pique.

World Cup 2006, Germany: Il Divo (ft. Toni Braxton) – The Time of our Lives

The official music for the 2006 World Cup in Germany is perhaps not as memorable as others, but the song ‘The Time of Our Lives’ by Il Divo, featuring Toni Braxton is a dramatic crossover of the classical style and pop music. It’s probably not to everyone’s tastes, but clearly someone at FIFA enjoyed it!

World Cup 2002, Japan & Korea: Anastacia – Boom

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American singer Anastacia burst onto the pop music scene in the early 2000s and her rising profile may have had something to do with the fact that she was sought for an official World Cup song in 2002. The song ‘Boom’ was heard a lot during the tournament in Japan and Korea, along with Vangelis’ ‘Anthem’.

World Cup 1998, France: Ricky Martin – La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin’s star was on the rise in the 1990s and he provided an official song for the 1998 World Cup in France. Before his big breakthrough in 1999 with hits such as ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’, there was ‘La Copa de Vida’ (The Cup of Life’).

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