Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album

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Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album
Compilation album by Various artists
Released May 31, 2010 (2010-05-31)
(see release history)
Recorded 2010
Genre Dance
Language English, Portuguese, Fang, Duala
Label Epic
FIFA World Cup chronology
Voices from the FIFA World Cup
(2006)
Listen Up!
(2010)
One Love, One Rhythm
(2014)
Singles from Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album
  1. "Oh Africa"
    Released: January 31, 2010
  2. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"
    Released: May 11, 2010
  3. "Sign of a Victory"
    Released: June 6, 2010

Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album is a collaboration by various artists, both local African and international. The album was released on May 31, 2010.[1]

Background[edit]

The album consists of collaborations between Colombian singer Shakira and Freshlyground, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", Nomvula, Claudia Leitte, R. Kelly, Pitbull and many more.[2] Japanese singer-songwriter Misia is the first Asian artist to participate in the worldwide edition of an official FIFA album.[3] South African teacher/ activist/singer Jpre contributes a revamp of his historical song, "Ke Nako" to the album. Originally recorded and adopted by Mr. Nelson Mandela as his election campaign "theme" song, the 2010 edition features International Superstar Wyclef Jean, 5 Time Grammy Nominee Jazmine Sullivan, and introduces new sensation B. Howard.

Proceeds from the album will benefit FIFA's "20 Centers for 2010", whose aim is to achieve positive social change through football by building twenty Football for Hope centres for public health, education and football across Africa, and other African charities.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Province (C-)[4]

Canadian critic Stuart Derdeyn from The Province gave the album a C- and said "Red Card for bad taste.[...] This leads to sonic vomit such as Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)," perhaps the stupidest official song for any major sporting event ever. At least the official "anthem" - "Sign of Victory" by R. Kelly and the Soweto Spiritual Singers - is somewhat listenable." Talent Haus fired back to Derdeyn's comments, saying "Calling a work of art from another culture 'vomit' is very disrespectful. Not having an open mind to other types of music that you don't hear in your country does not mean that a song won't be enjoyed globally, and the World Cup is a very global event."[4]

Track listing[edit]

International[2][5]
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Sign of a Victory" (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Anthem) R. Kelly featuring Soweto Spiritual Singers 4:13
2. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song) Shakira featuring Freshlyground 3:22
3. "Viva Africa"   Nneka 3:31
4. "One Day"   Matisyahu featuring Nameless 3:28
5. "Shosholoza 2010"   Ternielle Nelson, Jason Hartman, Uju, Louise Carver, Aya & Deep Level 3:42
6. "Ke Nako"   B. Howard, Wyclef Jean, Jazmine Sullivan, J Pre 4:04
7. "Move On Up"   Angélique Kidjo and John Legend 3:07
8. "Spirit of Freedom"   Uju and Judy Bailey 3:53
9. "Game On" (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Mascot Song) Pitbull, TKZee and Dario G 3:19
10. "Maware Maware"   Misia featuring M2J and Francis Jocky 3:40
11. "As Máscaras" (South Africa '10 to Brasil '14) Claudia Leitte and Lira 3:11
12. "Hope" (with Nelson Mandela) Siphiwo Featuring Message of Hope from Nelson Mandela 3:50
13. "Oh Africa" (hidden track) Akon featuring Keri Hilson 3:21

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austria Albums Chart[10] 8
European Top 100 Albums[11] 51
German Albums Chart[12] 15
Mexican Albums Chart[13] 6
Mexican International Albums Chart[14] 3
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 8
U.S. Billboard Top Soundtracks[11] 18
U.S. Billboard World Album Chart[15] 1

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Songs from the Heart
by Celtic Woman
U.S Billboard World Album Chart number-one album
19 June 2010 – 26 June 2010
Succeeded by
Songs from the Heart
by Celtic Woman

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide[1] May 31, 2010 Standard edition (CD, digital) Sony Music Entertainment
Canada[16] June 1, 2010 CD Album
France[17] June 7, 2010
Japan[18] June 9, 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Shakira's Records Official Fifa World Cup 2010 Song". Shakira.com. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album". Amazon. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  3. ^ (Japanese) "MISIA W杯公式CDで"アジア代表"に(芸能) ― スポニチ Sponichi Annex ニュース". Sports Nippon. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  4. ^ a b Stuart Derdeyn. "Review: Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album". The Province. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ Hasty, Katie (2010-05-24). "R. Kelly, Shakira, Pitbull featured on 2010 World Cup Album". Hitfix. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  6. ^ "Mixup Music Store". Mixup.com.mx. 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Look & Listen - For the Fans | Buy DVDs, CDs, MP3s, Games and Gadgets online". Lookandlisten.co.za. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  8. ^ Posted by FAB (2010-06-11). "Fabulous Fab: Waka Waka or The World Cup Song". Fabulousaudioblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  9. ^ "Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album (Asian Version) CD - 2AM, Various Artists, Sony Music Entertainment (HK) - Western / World Music - Free Shipping". Yesasia. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  10. ^ a b "LISTEN UP! THE OFFICIAL 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP ALBUM (ALBUM)". IFPI. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  11. ^ a b "Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album". Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  12. ^ "Shakira square one in Germany for "WAKA WAKA (This Time for Africa". Musik-base. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  13. ^ "Mexican Album Charts - Semana Del 31 al 6 de Junio 2010". Amprofon. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  14. ^ "Mexican Album Charts - Semana Del 31 al 6 de Junio 2010". Amprofon. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  15. ^ "World Album chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  16. ^ "Amazon.fr: Listen Up: Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Album: Various Artists". Itunes. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  17. ^ (French) "Amazon.fr: Listen Up: Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Album: Various Artists". Amazon. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  18. ^ (Japanese) "Amazon.co.jp: Listen Up: Official 2010 Fifa World Cup Album: Various Artists: 音楽". Amazon. Retrieved 2010-05-08.