World-famous pop stars Rihanna and Shakira will perform at the FIFA U-17 Women`s World Cup to be held in Azerbaijan in September and October. This will be their first-ever performances in the country, the Azerbaijani soccer governing body, AFFA, said in a statement.
Rihanna is due to perform at 7.30 p.m. on October 5 during a quarter-final to be played at the Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium in Baku.
Shakira is to perform at the same time and venue on October 13 during the final.
As reported earlier, pop star Jennifer Lopez will appear at the opening of the tournament on September 22.
Tickets for the soccer matches will be on sale from July 10 at Park Bulvar and Metro Park shopping and entertainment centers, Khalg Bank`s Neftchilar subsidiary and cellular operator Bakcell`s customer care center located on Nizami Street, 83.
Teams of Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Gambia, Ghana, Japan, North Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Uruguay and the U.S. will take part in the tournament, which will be held in the capital Baku and the southern town of Lankaran. Two more countries will be determined on June 26-29.
The world-renowned singers are also going to perform their songs in the newly-built Baku Crystal Hall. The concerts of Jennifer Lopez will be held on September 23, Rihanna`s on October 6 and Shakira`s on October 14.
Lopez will present an original and spectacular show involving 60 people. In the grandiose events, Rihanna will be accompanied by 80, and Shakira by 75 persons.
Tickets for the concerts will go on sale on June 25 and can also be bought online.
Jennifer Lynn Lopez is an American actress, businesswoman, dancer and recording artist. Often referred to as J.Lo, she is reportedly the highest earning actress of Latin American descent. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she enrolled in singing and dancing classes as a child and grew up in a musically influenced household. She started her career as a fly girl on the television comedy program In Living Color and a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson. Lopez also has a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement.
Rihanna is a Barbadian recording artist and actress. Rihanna moved to the United States at age 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings.
Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. She has won two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She is also the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer behind Gloria Estefan, having sold over 70 million albums worldwide.