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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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Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti charity is kaput, went out in a blaze of impropriety

In the wake of the massive earthquake that tore an already-troubled Haiti apart in 2010, Wyclef Jean—one of the island’s most successful sons—sprang into action to assist via his Yele Haiti charity.

But what we learned later was that the charity was run disastrously, and was the subject of a huge investigation regarding misuse of donated funds.

According to The New York Times, Yele Haiti essentially (and quietly) shut down last month, leaving a parade of upset creditors and angry would-be recipients in its wake.

The numbers reveal some pretty scathing stuff. Yele Haiti collected over $16 million in donations following the series of earthquakes the decimated the island’s capital city of Port-Au-Prince and ripped much of its already-tenuous infrastructure to shreds.

But the money rarely made it into the hands of those who needed it, instead going to salaries, travel, consultants fees, and eventually to the team dealing with the group’s building legal troubles.

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Did Wyclef Jean misuse millions in Haiti charity funds? He refutes new news reports

Haitian-born solo artist and former Fugee Wyclef Jean is defending his charity, Yele Haiti, after a report by the New York Post questioned the spending — or lack thereof — of funds raised for disaster relief.

According to a Sunday article in the Post, Yele Haiti spent only a “pittance” of the $16 million collected after the devastating 2010 earthquake on emergency aid including questionable contracts — such as $350,000 to a construction firm run by Jean’s brother-in-law and $1 million to a Florida firm that may or may not exist.

Jean has defended the charity, calling the article “misleading, deceptive and incomplete.” He said that decisions made by Yele Haiti were made quickly in the aftermath of a catastrophic event and he stands by those decisions. He also provides some explanation for the Florida contract — with Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. — saying the Post failed to mention the preparation and delivery of 100,000 meals by that organization.

According to the Post, however, no trace of Amisphere Farm Labor could be found in Florida beyond its incorporation in 2008. The business’s listed address is an auto-repair shop in Miami’s Little Haiti and records show that the head of the company purchased three properties in Florida last year including an upscale waterfront condo..

These accusations are only the latest round of controversy surrounding Yele Haiti. Days after the earthquake struck, allegations arose that Jean had been appropriating charity funds for personal use, a claim he disputed. Jean stepped down as the head of Yele Haiti in August 2010.

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Wyclef Jean officially withdraws from Haiti presidential race

Wyclef-JeanImage Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesWyclef Jean has officially ended his controversial run for president of Haiti. “After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti,” the singer said in a statement issued to the press today. “This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made, taking into account many, many competing factors and weighing the course that will best advance the healing of the country and help it find the quickest path to recovery.”

Jean’s presidential bid was rejected by Haiti’s electoral council last month on the grounds that he was not a permanent resident. While he initially announced plans to appeal the decision, the council said this was impossible. “It’s not about my candidacy — this appeal was meant to address the shortcomings of the process for every Haitian,” Jean’s statement continued. “Though my run for the presidency was cut short, in this way, I feel it was not in vain; it’s something we can use to improve conditions for my Haitian brothers and sisters.”

He now says he plans to focus on his musical career, including an album titled If I Were President, the Haitian Experience due next February.

Earlier: Wyclef Jean snaps back at Sean Penn, Pras in concert

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Wyclef Jean snaps back at Sean Penn, Pras at NYC concert: Watch the clip here

wyclef-jean-pennImage Credit: Charles Norfleet/PR Photos; Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty ImagesHaiti’s board of elections officials aren’t the only people towards whom Wyclef Jean is feeling sour right now. At a concert in NYC this past Friday, Jean had some harsh words for Sean Penn and sometime Fugees bandmate Pras, two of the most prominent celebs who have spoken out against his plans to run for president of that country.

“I got a message for Sean Penn,” Jean sang. “Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.” Jean continued in the following line: “I got a message for Praswell/Even though you don’t want to support me, I got love for you/Even though you only kicked eight bars in the Fugees.”

UPDATE: “Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti,” Penn’s reps responded in a statement via email. “As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system through the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous. More specifically, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (a.k.a. JPHRO) has a ZERO tolerance policy for any and all illegal drugs. As the leader of this organization, Sean Penn has not only set this policy, but adheres to it. That Mr. Jean would make such a false accusation is reckless and saddening, but not surprising.”

Pending closer statistical analysis, the Music Mix has concluded that Pras likely contributed substantially more than eight bars’ worth of rhymes to the Fugees’ discography, though perhaps not quite so many bars as Jean or Lauryn Hill.

Click through to the jump to see a high-res clip of Jean’s performance, courtesy of Hot 97, the radio station that sponsored the show. What do you think of Jean’s latest jabs? Do remarks like this help or hurt his increasingly quixotic presidential campaign?

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Wyclef records song to protest disqualification from Haiti presidential race. And to prove he can speak Creole?

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Wyclef Jean has posted a song on Twitter, protesting his disqualification from the Haiti presidential race. The Fugee performs the tune in Creole, presumably in part to prove he is fluent in the language.

Wyclef’s fellow Fugee Pras recently told New York magazine that the performer was not qualified to become president of Haiti because of his shaky grasp of Creole. “His Creole is similar to Jackie Chan’s English — no disrespect to Jackie Chan,” claimed Pras. “How are you gonna be an effective leader, how are you gonna be inspiring the youth, if you’re telling them to forget French, forget Creole, speak English? That’s in their blood, that’s 200 years of culture. It’d be like Obama coming in and telling people to speak Cantonese.”

To be honest, my own grasp of Haitian Creole is nonexistent (though that’s way down the list of reasons why I am never likely to become president of the country). However, one of my colleagues, who speaks French, says Wyclef sings on the tune about how “it’s the youth that lost.”

Take a listen to the track and tell us what you think—and, if your linguistic skills are better than ours, tell us exactly what he’s singing about.

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Wyclef Jean issues statement about Haiti presidency disqualification

Wyclef-Haiti-elections_320.jpg Image Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Wyclef Jean has issued a statement about the Haiti board of elections’ decision not to allow him to run for presidency of the country.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you today that the board of elections in Haiti has disqualified me from my run for the presidency of the country,” said the Fugees star in the statement. “Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same. We must all honor the memories of those we’ve lost—whether in the earthquake, or at anytime—by responding peacefully and responsibly to this disappointment. I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader; but, ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”

Haiti’s electoral council announced yesterday that the Haitian-born pop star was disqualified from running. The board did not give a reason, but Wyclef clearly believes the problem was the requirement that candidates must have lived in Haiti for five consecutive years. In his statement, Wyclef said that “though the board has determined that I am not a resident of Haiti, home is where the heart is—and my heart has and will always be in Haiti.”

AUG. 22 UPDATE: Wyclef Jean reverses position, says he will contest Haiti presidency disqualification

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Wyclef Jean: 'Death threats come with the territory' in bid for Haitian presidency

wyclef-jeanImage Credit: Frederic Dupoux/Getty ImagesWyclef Jean says he has received death threats since announcing his plan to run for the presidency in Haiti on Aug. 9. “We know this situation we’ve embarked on, death threats come with the territory. But beyond that it’s not about all those negative information [sic],” Jean told the BBC.

The musician now has armed guards protecting him in his childhood town while he waits to see if the Haitian government will approve his candidacy tomorrow. One potential hitch: Jean reportedly hasn’t lived in Haiti for five consecutive years, as required by Haitian law for presidential hopefuls. He also doesn’t have the unanimous support of his peers. Jean’s Fugees bandmate, Pras, has publicly stated that he doesn’t support the campaign, while actor Sean Penn has criticized Jean for being a “non presence” in Haiti since January’s devastating earthquake.

What do you all think? Should Jean step down as a candidate in light of these obstacles? Or should he keep up his campaign?

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Wyclef Jean: Is he running for president of Haiti?

Wyclef-JeanImage Credit: Icon/SMI/Retna LtdRumors that Wyclef Jean plans to stand for election as president of Haiti this fall are gaining steam. The most recent round of speculation seems to have begun with a story in French-language publication Le Droit this weekend proclaiming Jean’s entry into the race. The singer himself struck a more tentative note in an interview with CNN, saying only that he was weighing supporters’ efforts to “draft” him as a candidate in the land of his birth. “Do I have political intentions?” he added in a separate interview with the AP. “At this time no.” Yet his brother, Sam Jean, told E!’s Marc Malkin today that “there’s a very good chance” Wyclef will run.

So which is it? A statement issued to the press on behalf of “The Jean Family” today hedged: “Wyclef’s commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward. At this time, Wyclef Jean has not announced his intent to run for Haitian president. If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately.”

According to the AP, candidates for the Nov. 28 elections must declare themselves by Aug. 7. We’ll update you as soon as any more concrete announcement is made. ‘Til then, what do you think of this story?

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The Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, Alicia Keys kick off the World Cup: Watch clips here

black-eyed-peasImage Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty ImagesLast night marked the grand kick-off to soccer’s premier event, the World Cup, which holds its first match today in South Africa. To get the month-long party started, the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, and Shakira — who sang this year’s World Cup anthem, “Waka, Waka” — took to the stage in Soweto, Johannesburg for an inaugural concert. Miss the star-studded event? Check out the clips after the jump:
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