Editor's Note: This story was updated on March 9, 2018.
LOS ANGELES – “I always get butterflies when I’m releasing a new song,” Jason Derulo says from behind the soundboard in his home recording studio.
“But this one feels different," he continues. "It feels like such a perfect time for this record.”
The multiplatinum-selling pop star is referring to “Colors,” which he wrote and recorded as the soundtrack for Coke’s global 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign. Coca-Cola will promote the uplifting anthem – which Warner Bros. Records released as a single on March 9 – in the months leading up to this summer’s tournament.
“We wanted to team up with one of the world’s truly global artists to create a unifying soundtrack that could represent everything our brand stands for,” said Brad Ross, director of global football marketing at Coca-Cola. “And Jason absolutely nailed it.”
“The message has a much deeper meaning,” Ross said. “It’s a call to action to celebrate and be proud of everything you represent, no matter where you come from. It’s a powerful and universal statement that really brings our campaign to life.”
Sonically, “Colors” is a musical melting pot of genres and cultures. “When you set out to make a World Cup anthem, you want to create something international that fans around the world can enjoy,” Derulo explained. “This song has an island vibe. It has African rhythms. And it has a Latin influence with the guitar. I meshed all of these things together and added a stadium feel so everyone can feel like it’s theirsound.”
The partnership with Derulo marks the latest chapter in Coke’s global marketing campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, following the brand’s signing of its first-ever-virtual ambassador, Alex Hunter, for the EA FIFA 18 game, and the kickoff of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola. Ross said he hopes the song – and Derulo’s international appeal – will create an “onramp” to the campaign for a wide range of consumers, who might not all be hardcore football fans.
Music has been a part of Coke’s FIFA World Cup marketing efforts for the past two FIFA World Cups. The brand collaborated with K’Naan in 2010 and David Correy in 2014.