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Tiwa Savage to appear on new FIFA & Universal Music Group podcast

Nigerian artist, Tiwa Savage has been named as a guest on PlayOn podcast.

The podcast is a collaboration between FIFA, the international governing body of football and Universal Music Group for Brands – a division of Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment.

It pairs “star football players with award-winning musicians for unforgettable conversations,” according to a statement by the producers.

“In each episode, celebrated footballers from around the world will discuss transformative moments from their careers – on and off the pitch – through the songs that have provided a soundtrack to their lives.”

The players will be joined by an award-winning musician who inspired them, as they explore the interplay between music and football in their lives.

The podcast is hosted by Liam Payne, Universal Music Group’s global chart-topping artist and co-hosted by sports broadcaster Jaydee Dyer.

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PlayOn debuts today, January 13, 2021, and is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and other podcast players.

New episodes will be released weekly on Wednesdays. Playlists featuring the songs chosen by each player will be posted on Spotify for listeners to enjoy.

Guest pairings for the opening episodes include:

  • Ivan Rakitić & Morat
  • Carli Lloyd & Rachel Platten
  • Asisat Oshoala & Tiwa Savage

Guests in future episodes will include Deyna Castellanos, Lele Pons, Wretch 32 and more.

The collaboration is a new entertainment strategy designed to create innovative and meaningful connections between football fans, music enthusiasts, players, artists, and the game and songs they all love.

“FIFA’s vision is to make football truly global, accessible and inclusive. The crossover between football and music underscores this wider cultural relevance. Both are universal languages and have the power to create unrivalled emotions. It’s a natural fit to bring them together,” said Jean-François Pathy, FIFA’s Director of Marketing. “It’s been fantastic to see the enthusiasm around the launch of this strategy, and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead to connect people through inspiring human stories.”

Speaking about the announcement of the series, Liam Payne said, “I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on with FIFA. The PlayOn Podcast has been such a journey – it’s been awesome having these incredible players and special guests come together and exchange life experiences from both on and off the pitch, all through the lens of music.”

Olivier Robert-Murphy, the Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group for Brands, said, “We’re delighted to be able to launch this collaboration between FIFA and Universal Music Group, which brings together two of the world’s biggest and most influential passion points – football and music – to create a series of unique fan experiences. Starting with the launch of the PlayOn Podcast series, these initiatives will showcase the symbiosis and shared bonds between the world’s best footballers and musicians alongside the fans that idolise them globally.”

Click here to download the FIFA PlayOn Podcast. For more information about the collaboration between FIFA and Universal Music Group, visit FIFA.com.

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