A few weeks before 2022 College football As the season kicks off, ESPN has announced a new anthem for its coverage throughout the season, with British artist Youngblood providing this year’s theme song with his single “The Emporer.”
The whole song is used ESPNCollege football coverage will appear this season, on the College Football Playoff, broadcast and throughout ESPN’s family of networks.
ESPN announced the news Friday afternoon with a teaser trailer for the upcoming season, set to a song by Youngblood.
“Over the years, we’ve chosen music that fits the tone of college football. This year, with ‘The Emperor,’ Youngblood seems like a custom-made song for college football,” said Curtis Friends, ESPN’s executive director of sports marketing, in the release. “The chants, chants and tones fit right in with what we expect to hear around and in college football this season.”
Although “The Emperor” was actually written for seven years, Yungblud said he was waiting for the perfect time to release it, and this partnership felt like the perfect opportunity.
“It’s an honor to have my song ‘Emperor’ selected as the anthem for ESPN’s college football season. I wrote this song when I was 17 years old. It was an unfiltered burst of energy that I knew would one day find its time,” Yungblood said. “I’ve played it live for years, but I never found the right time to release it until now. College football is a huge part of American culture, and all I want to do is bring energy to people, so I can’t wait for the song to bring that energy to the fans and the players at every game.”
This isn’t the first time ESPN has collaborated with an artist to create an anthem for college football programming. In the past, the network has worked with Imagine Dragons, Juice WRLD and 30 Seconds To Mars to provide musical background for the coverage.
ESPN’s college football coverage begins on August 27 and concludes with the College Football Playoff in January.