Nicki Minaj, Maluma, Myriam Fares reveal tournament’s anthem
Nicki Minaj, Colombian singer-songwriter Maluma and Lebanese artist Myriam Fares released their new song just in time for the World Cup.
Titled “Tukoh Taka,” the trilingual song features English, Spanish and Arabic lyrics relating to the event which will take place in Qatar.
“Tukoh Taka” reached the No. 3 spot on iTunes charts, behind Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ “Unholy” and Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero.”
The music video on FIFA’s Youtube channel has achieved 3.7 million views since its upload yesterday afternoon.
The World Cup anthem follows in the footsteps of other successful soccer songs.
Ricky Martin earned a Grammy Award for best Latin pop performance following the release of “Copa de la Vida” for the 1998 World Cup.
Twelve years later, Shakira released “Waka Waka,” which garnered 3.2 billion views on Youtube and reached the No. 38 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Maluma and Myriam will perform the hit song at FIFA’s Fan Festival today.
The World Cup is set to begin Sunday, where host country Qatar will kick the tournament off against Ecuador in Group A play.
The US will begin its run with a match against Wales on Monday at 2 pm England and Iran will compete in the other Group B matches at 8 am