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04-04-06, 09:48 PM
Columbian Shakira & Haitian Wyclef Jean headline New York Red Bulls halftime show.

18-year-old sensation Rihanna to perform pre-game
Red Bull New York Media Relations

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Red Bull New York announced today that world-renowned performers Shakira and Wyclef Jean will headline the halftime show at the Red Bulls home opener on April 8 versus the New England Revolution. In addition, Rihanna will perform at the Red Bull Energy Station outside of the South Tower before the game as well as sing the National Anthem.

"The Red Bulls are committed to entertaining our fans before, during and after our games," said Red Bull New York President and General Manager Alexi Lalas. "These great musical artists are yet another exciting element of what promises to be a historic day of soccer at Giants Stadium on April 8."

Shakira's most recent album Oral Fixation Volume 2 has reached as high as #5 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Album charts. Her new hit single "Hips Don't Lie" features Wyclef Jean and currently sits in the U.S. Billboard Top 20 in Airplay and is rapidly climbing the Top 40 Singles chart. Her Spanish language version of Oral Fixation Volume 2 (Fijacion Oral Vol. 1) took home the 2006 'Pop Album of the Year' at the Latin Music Awards and her song 'La Tortura' won the 'Pop Song of the Year' award, also at the Latin Music Awards.

Other notable songs from the Colombian born signer include "Wherever, Whenever" and "Underneath Your Clothes," both of which were off her 2001 album, Laundry Service.

An original member of the band The Fugees, Wyclef Jean was featured on such hits as "Ready or Not," "Killing Me Softly" and "Fu-gee-la." He released a solo album named The Carnival in 1997 which included "Gone Til November" and a remake of the Bee-Gees classic "Stayin' Alive." Wycelf has collaborated with a number of notable artists in his career, including Santana, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston, Sublime, Black Eyed Peas and most recently Shakira on "Hips Don't Lie."

18-year-old Rihanna burst on to the music scene in 2005 with her smash "Pon De Replay," a single that climbed as high as #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. She recently released two other singles "S.O.S." and "If It's Lovin' That You Want."

The Red Bulls open their 2006 home slate with a 7:15 p.m. tilt against the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 8 at Giants Stadium.