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Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) (The 2010 FIFA World Cup Song)


"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" peaked at number one on record charts of fifteen countries worldwide. It was the biggest song of 2010 in seven countries, is the seventh bestselling song of all-time in Switzerland, and the tenth in Belgium and France. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" has sold 15 million downloads worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.[1]




Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The 2010 FIFA World Cup Song)



It garnered generally favourable reviews from critics, receiving praise for its production. The song, however, generated controversy after numerous South Africans expressed disappointment in FIFA's decision to select Shakira to sing the song, arguing that a native artist should have been assigned the role. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" peaked at number one on record charts of fifteen countries worldwide. In the United States, the song peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over one million units in the country. The single similarly attained multiplatinum certifications in eleven countries, including a double diamond certification in India and diamond certifications in France and Sweden. It was the biggest song of 2010 in seven countries, is the seventh bestselling song of all-time in Switzerland, and the tenth in Belgium and France. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" has sold 15 million downloads worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.


The "waka waka" riff of the song also generated controversy. In June 2010, it was reported that Dominican musician Wilfrido Vargas had decided to file a lawsuit against Shakira for plagiarising the riff off his composition "El Negro No Puede" for a sum of $11 million, which was performed by Dominican group Las Chicas del Can. However, Vargas later directly addressed the issue and said he did not have any intention to sue Shakira, clarifying that he himself did not own the riff used in "El Negro No Puede", and that the prior statements made in his name were fabricated.


This video from Shakira had so much to say. The short clips within the video say so much about the game, the people who play it and watch it, and the cultures of the world. The video speaks through song and dance. The ideas were put up in such a way that everybody liked it, regardless of their gender, nationality or age. No wonder why this video got a billion views in such a short time span. This song was successful in engaging a huge number of fans around the world. It is just because of this video that FIFA World Cup 2010 has been one of the most watched World Cup ever. 041b061a72


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