5/23/2018 9:46:05 PM (GMT+3)

Smith to perform official song 'Live It Up' during World Cup final

Smith to perform official song

MOSCOW, Russia: The world’s top players at the FIFA World Cup will be joined by some of the biggest stars of international music during the official song performance before the final on July 15.

Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi will perform “Live It Up”, produced by DJ and songwriter Diplo.

The singers will warm up the 80,000 spectators at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium and around one billion people watching on TV just a few minutes before the two finalists come out on to the pitch.

Until then, fans will have enough time to learn the lyrics as “Live It Up” will be released on multiple streaming platforms on Friday.

The FIFA World Cup Official Music Video will be available from June 7.

“It's an honour to be asked to perform at the World Cup. This global event brings people from all over the world together to cheer, laugh and experience magic. Collaborating with Nicky, Diplo and Era on this track represents harmony, eclectic flavours and genres coming together. At the end of the day, we just want to see the world dance,” said Grammy Award-winning actor, songwriter and artist Will Smith.

The official song tradition dates back to the 1966 edition in England with a song for the first Official Mascot, "World Cup Willie".

Since then, the Official Music Programme and the Official Mascot have become a significant component of the event, providing an excellent opportunity for more than just football fans to identify with the world's biggest single-sport event.

“I've never made a song this international, so many stars have come together to make a strong vibe,” Diplo added.

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