After the song got the nod as Coca-Cola's official World Cup jingle -- and its lyrics were, ahem, tweaked, to make it more uplifting -- the Somalian-born Canadian rapper trotted "Wavin' Flag" out in 86 countries on FIFA's World Cup Trophy tour, and since then it has hit No. 1 in 17 nations. (Which begs the question: What's up with those other 69 countries?)
How will it do in the Republic of the Sunset Strip?
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Pretty well, we suspect. K'naan's tour stop tonight at the House of Blues includes an appearance by Bruno Mars, who co-produced "Wavin' Flag" and whose debut EP It's Better if You Don't Understand has become a commercial rage itself.
Mars is part of the hit-making production trio the Smeezingtons -- his vocals are on B.o.B.'s hit "Nothin' on You," so he knows No. 1, and Mars also helped Travie McCoy get his solo career started by collaborating on "Billionaire."
Elsewhere: El-P does an instrmental set at Low End Theory at the Airliner. ... Wavves' sold-out album release party (the L.A. version) goes off at the site of the former Madame Wong's. ... And Andy Clockwise headlines Spaceland, supported by Sweaters ad Boyz Skule & the Precious Medals.
Also: Michael Runion and Franklin for Short at the Bootleg Theater; Death Kit and Standing Shadows at the Silverlake Lounge; Ty Segall at the Smell; Meiko and Jamie Drake at the Hotel Cafe; Bedouin Soundclash and Iration at the Huntington Beach Pier in conjunction with the U.S. Open of Surfing; the Piper Downs, One High Five and So & So at Molly Malone's as part of International Pop Overthrow; and Corridor at Echo Curio.