Official “Korea/Japan” song to be collaboration between four groups

Zürich, 10 January 2002 - The final song to be added to the music for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ is an example of modern Asian music at its finest. Sony Music will produce the music, including not only the official anthem by Vangelis and the official song by Anastacia, but also the official “Korea/Japan” song, a collaboration between four bands – two from Korea and two from Japan.

The song by the bands Brown Eyes and Lena Park (Korea) and CHEMISTRY and Sowelu (Japan) will reflect the new era dawning across both host nations of the 2002 FIFA World Cup™. The joint Korean/Japanese production will also serve as a symbol of their mutual goodwill, as well as the passion both countries share for football.

“This song is yet another important link between the two host nations of the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, allowing Korea and Japan to showcase the modern aspects of their rich cultures,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

The official “Korea/Japan” song will be released in Japan in mid-March, and will also appear on the official Korea/Japan album for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, to be produced by Sony Music and featuring a selection of artists from both of the host nations.


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Zürich, 10 January 2002