‘Another Star’ by Stevie Wonder is today announced as the theme tune for the BBC’s World Cup coverage.
The song, with its infectious Latin American vibe, will be used as the opening sequence for all of the BBC’s World Cup programming, starting with the preview show on June 11th, BBC One and BBC One HD.
This is the first time that Stevie Wonder has given approval for one of his songs to be used in this way. The track is from the album ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ - originally released in 1976 and nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning four including “Album of the Year”.
Ian Finch, Senior Producer BBC Sport and the man behind the music says “This song perfectly captures the feel-good, carnival atmosphere we will bring to our viewers during the World Cup this summer. It is very rare for an artist of this stature to approve the use of their music in this way, so we are thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity.”
The World Cup is live across BBC TV, radio and online from 12 June – 13 July. www.bbc.co.uk/
Another Star on the album Songs in the Key of Life is available to download via iTunes, Spotify and all streaming and download sites in the UK
Born in 1950, Stevie Wonder began recording at the age of 11 as Little Stevie Wonder and went on to record 30 albums for the Motown label, selling over 100 million units. He is still touring and recording today.
Wonder has won 22 Grammy Awards for his recordings and was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 for his work. In 2008, Billboard magazine placed Stevie number five on their Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists (behind only The Beatles, Madonna, Elton John and Elvis Presley).