The winning football team of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will not be known until the final on the 18th December, but one definite winner of this year’s tournament in Qatar has been revealed already. RedOne, the superstar music producer, multi-award-winning songwriter and artist is celebrating a stunning victory off the pitch.
The hit-making Moroccan’s latest single, ‘Dreamers’, recorded by world renowned BTS member Jung Kook, and part of the official FIFA Official World Cup soundtrack for the tournament, has reached No.1 on the iTunes chart in more than 100 countries and is also No.1 on Spotify’s chart worldwide. It means that Dreamers, partnered by Katara Studios and was performed at the opening ceremony in the Al-Bayt Stadium, is already the most successful FIFA World Cup song of all time.
The single has taken the internet by storm since its release, and it’s official video, which debuted on November 22nd received a staggering 20 million views in its first 24 hours. A second single ‘Arhbo’, featuring Ozuna an Gims, and also in partnership with Katara Studios, is another anthem from the FIFA World Cup soundtrack and was used for the player’s entrance into the stadium.
The Official FIFA World Cup soundtrack was the brainchild of RedOne, who was appointed Creative Entertainment Executive of FIFA in December 2021. Tasked with forging new and significant connections between football fans, music fans, players, and artists, RedOne, who is one of the most influential figures in modern music history, has successfully harnessed his considerable gifts and a network of talent to deliver a project that unites football fans, regardless of where they come from.
In addition to Jung Kook from BTS, Red One selected artists including Ozuna and Davido to collaborate with.
RedOne says: “First and foremost, I am a huge football fan, so to be part of the World Cup is a profound honour. Music is synonymous with football – the emotion, the passion, the euphoria, the unexpected, the harmonious beauty, even the moments of deep reflection. And like football, music is also a universal language, it can break down barriers and truly unite people.”
As part of the official FIFA World Cup soundtrack, RedOne released the song ‘Hayya Hayya (Better Together)’, which has been rocking stadiums pre-match throughout the tournament. The track features Afrobeats icon Davido, Qatari sensation Aisha and US breakout artist Trinidad Cardona and combines influences from around the world including R&B and reggae, symbolising the uniting powers of music and football.
RedOne says: “The World Cup is a festival as well as a competition, so when I signed up with FIFA, I wanted to capture that collective spirit. I had a vision and concept to write and produce the first ever official soundtrack for the World Cup, collaborating with talent from both the region and from around the world.”