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Ricky Martin to help compile World Cup album

Fifa says Ricky Martin will be among the judges of a worldwide contest to pick a song for the official 2014 World Cup album, and will record the final version of the track.

Football’s governing body says aspiring musicians can submit videos of original song proposals beginning in December. The contestants will be narrowed to 20 finalists in January and experts and fans will then vote to decide the top five. Martin and a judging team will pick the winner in February, and the singer will record the track for the album.

Martin said in a statement on Friday he is “extremely happy and humbled” to “launch this special contest”.

Fifa says the official World Cup song will be announced next year shortly before the tournament.