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Avicii, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana team up for World Cup closing anthem

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Pitbull, J.Lo, and Pitbull’s blindingly white clamdiggers kicked off the World Cup two weeks ago with a rousing, bare-ankled performance of “Ole Ola,” the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song. Two weeks from now, when the tournament comes to an end on July 13, the closing ceremonies will feature a performance of the the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem (which is a totally different thing).

“Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way),” which has a new video that just dropped today, features Wyclef Jean, EDM demigod Avicii, and Carlos Santana, a superstar trio that could have been put together by a random poolside encounter at a celebrities-only, six-star resort on a Caribbean island known only to the mega-wealthy.

Despite the seemingly random lineup and the generally beyond-corny nature of this kind of project, however, the song’s actually not terrible, apart from Santana’s superfluous noodling. Eschewing the treacly sentimentality of R. Kelly’s 2010 World Cup official anthem, “Sign of a Victory,” “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)” aims for bleacher-rattling energy, crossing football chants with the type of frenetic percussion the Cup’s host country is famous for.

“Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)” is available now on One Love, One Rhythm: The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Album. Watch the video below.

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Pitbull's pants steal the spotlight from Jennifer Lopez during the World Cup opening ceremony -- VIDEO

It wasn’t the song, or the Brazilian culture-themed choreography, or even another revealing green getup worn by Jennifer Lopez that stole the show during Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremony. No, everyone was talking about Pitbull’s pants.

Maybe it’s because the sound quality inside the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo was so terrible — why bother paying attention to the performance when you can’t tell what Pitbull, J. Lo, and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte are actually singing? (For the record, the trio performed the World Cup’s official song, “We Are One (Ole Ola),” but that was only decipherable when the crowd joined in the “Ole Ola” chorus.) READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony after all

Get out the caxirolas — Jennifer Lopez is performing at the 2014 World Cup opening ceremonies in Brazil.

Reps for the singer say reports that she would be unable to attend the soccer extravaganza due to “production issues” were “premature” — even though Lopez’s camp confirmed that she was bowing out on Monday.

But scratch that: A rep for Lopez told People Tuesday, “Jennifer has always wanted to participate in the World Cup opening ceremonies. We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics. Any statements to the contrary were premature. Jennifer would not want to disappoint her fans or fans of futbol. She will be there.”

And late Tuesday, Lopez told The Associated Press that she was leaving for Brazil that evening. “We always were going,” she said. “I think people get anxious, especially with me and my schedule when I’m like, ‘Ah, OK, I can leave this day, that day, I don’t know if we can make it. …But we are definitely going.”

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Jennifer Lopez skipping World Cup opening ceremony

This week marks the beginning of the 2014 World Cup, perhaps the biggest non-Olympics sporting event in the world. A total of 32 nations will send their best soccer stars to Brazil to compete for the top prize in futbol.

But the star providing its theme song will no longer be attending. READ FULL STORY

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