Yungblud’s ‘The Emperor’ To Serve As Hype Track For ESPN’s 2022-23 College Football Season

Young blood dropped blood-pumping new single “The Emperor” on Friday (August 5), set to serve as the official anthem for ESPN‘s coverage of the 2022-2023 college football season, which starts in August. 27.

“It is a tremendous honor to have my song ‘The Emperor’ chosen as the anthem for ESPN’s college football season,” Yungblud said in a statement. “I wrote this song when I was 17; it was just a burst of unfiltered energy that I knew would have its moment one day. I’ve been playing it live for years but never found the right time to release it before now. College football is such a huge part of American culture and all I ever want to do is bring energy to people, so I can’t wait for the song to bring that energy to the fans and players at games all season long. “



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The track with the galloping tempo and a “whoa-ouh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh” song features Yungblud bellowing the urgent question “are you the emperor?” on the crazy chorus. The team-up continues the long-standing partnership between ESPN and Interscope Records, which has included tracks from Imagine Dragons, Juice WRLD and Thirty Seconds to Mars during ESPN’s coverage of the NBA postseason, past college football seasons and more.

“In previous years, we’ve selected music that matched the tone of college football. This year, with ‘Emperor,’ we worked closely with the artist to custom-build a song for football. The songs, hype, and tone perfectly match what we expect to feel around and inside college football this season,” said Curtis Friends, senior director of sport marketing for ESPN, in a statement.

“The uptempo pace and energy of the song feels like the release of all the bottled-up energy and intensity that fans, players and teams have had in anticipation of the upcoming season. It’s the perfect fit thematically for the season’s ebbs and flows that will end with one team being crowned the next ‘Emperor’ of College Football,” adds Friends of the field, which will be featured in ESPN’s college football programming, promotion and games this time around. season, as well as the network-produced college football hype trailer.

In addition to Yungblud, college football fans will hear music from other Interscope Records/Capitol Music/Disney Music Group artists this season, including Halsey, Ciara, Quavo & Takeoff, Tyler Hubbard, DNCE and the Dreamers.

Yungblud will release his self-titled third studio album in September. 2, which will feature the previously released singles “The Funeral”, “Memories” (feat. Willow) and “Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today”.

listen to “The Emperor” here and watch the ESPN trailer below.

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