HAUSER Shares New Single And Music Video “Waka Waka”

New Album THE PLAYER Out Today


Mercenary Publicity

16th September 2022.
Global artist HAUSER releases his captivating new solo album THE PLAYER via Sony Music Masterworks. In celebration of the release, HAUSER also shares the music video for his latest single “Waka Waka". On his new album, the critically acclaimed Croatian cellist brings his dazzling virtuosity to the world of Latin pop and jazz, unveiling new dimensions of the extraordinary musicality he originally displayed as a founding member of 2CELLOS. HAUSER will reveal more exciting announcements tied to the album release in the coming weeks.

“Waka Waka,” the finale track to The Player, celebrates with a colourful, dance-filled music video. In a particularly brilliant twist, HAUSER blends the track’s triumphant brass, radiant strings, and wildly frenetic rhythms with the exultant harmonies of “Bongi Duma” (the same choir featured in Disney’s Lion King). HAUSER’s rendition turns up the heat on Shakira’s Afropop-inspired 2010 banger.

“With ‘Waka Waka’ I wanted to take cultures from all around the world and bring them together in one song,” says HAUSER. “There’s so many different influences happening, and the choir adds so much spirit—it was an incredible moment of love and unity and absolute joy.”

A bold departure from the quiet splendor of his 2020 solo debut Classic, a #1 hit on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart, THE PLAYER arrives as HAUSER’s most re-inventive body of work to date. “Because so much music is artificially made these days, I wanted to highlight real musicians while creating a unique sound that brings something new to each song,” says HAUSER. To that end, he shaped the album’s lush and brass-heavy arrangements with the help of producer Steven Mercurio (a conductor/composer who’s also worked with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Chick Corea, Andrea Bocelli and Sting), and enlisted the illustrious Czech National Symphony Orchestra for every track.

Revered around the world for his captivating live performance, HAUSER has already hit the stage in over 40 countries (including historic buildings like New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Vatican.) and performed alongside such wide-ranging acts as Andrea Bocelli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steven Tyler and Elton John. He also performed at this year's 79th Venice International Film Festival, opening the final evening's awards. Other appearances include a wide range of TV shows such as Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Last month, HAUSER debuted a performance of the recent single “Let’s Get Loud” for The GRAMMY’s popular video series “ReImagined At-Home.” The GRAMMY’s raved about the “opulent, fiery” performance and called it a “glammed-up dance party.” True to HAUSER’s commitment to create a global dance party with his music, his take on “Let’s Get Loud” is yet another testament to his multifaceted artistry.

The success of HAUSER extends far beyond his ever-growing devoted fan base and many millions of social media followers. With more than three billion audio and video streams, the Croatian musician is a phenomenon that thrives on audience interaction. HAUSER holds an intrinsic ability to unify and inspire generations of music lovers. “The cello has a universal language that everyone can understand,” he affirms. “I want to create music that brings us all together to celebrate the gift of music!”

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THE PLAYER Album Tracklist:
1. Sway
2. Livin’ la Vida Loca
3. La Isla Bonita
4. Bésame Mucho
5. Quando, Quando, Quando
6. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
7. Señorita
8. Obsesión
9. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (feat. Caroline Campbell)
10. Historia de un Amor
11. Let’s Get Loud
12. Waka Waka

Tour Dates:

September 17, 2022 - Madrid, SPAIN - WiZink Center
September 19, 2022 - Zagreb, CROATIA - Arena Zagreb
September 22, 2022 - Verona, ITALY - Arena di Verona

October 8, 2022 - Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA - Riyadh International Book Fair
November 16, 2022 - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - Menora Mivtachin Arena
November 18, 2022 - Hurghada, Egypt - Soma Bay
November 19, 2022 - Dubai, UAE - Coca Cola Arena
November 21, 2022 - Osaka, JAPAN - Maruzen Intec Arena
November 22, 2022 - Tokyo, JAPAN - Nippon Budokan
November 24, 2022 - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
November 25, 2022 - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
November 26, 2022 - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - Aware Super Theatre, ICC Sydney
November 27, 2022 - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - Aware Super Theatre, ICC Sydney
November 29, 2022 - Perth, AUSTRALIA - RAC Arena
December 02, 2022 - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - Sidney Myer Music Bowl
December 04, 2022 - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - Spark Arena

HAUSER - Rebel With A Cello Tour
December 17, 2022 - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - Congress Center
December 22, 2022 - Budapest, HUNGARY - Budapest Arena


September 16, 2022 5:00am ET by Mercenary Publicity  

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