Although the US team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the nation will still be represented when the soccer tournament kicks off in the summer—in music, at least. American singer-songwriter Jason Derulo has just released his track, “Colors,” which is one of the event’s official songs.
The track borrows the exuberance and feel-good factor of other World Cup anthems, such as Shakira’s “Waka Waka” and Pitbull’s “We are One.” Over a celebratory beat, Derulo croons about unity in diversity and triumph through adversity. The song title itself is a double entendre: It refers to both the colors of a sports team and that of our skin.
Racism is a major issue the sport has been trying to tackle for years now. And it seems as though Derulo is using the platform to air some of his views on the subject. After the song’s premiere, the musician tweeted, “We’re all united in the fact that we’re different,” along with the Haitian flag.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on June 14 in Moscow, Russia.
Listen to “Colors” here: