In a familiar move for the college football season, ESPN released its college football anthem for the 2022 season on Friday morning.

The new single – titled ‘The Emperor’ – is from Yungblud, a British singer, musician, songwriter and actor. It will provide the musical backdrop throughout the 2022-23 college football season. It will be ESPN’s anthem for all college football coverage which begins in Week 0 on Aug. 27. Yungblud also has a self-titled album release set for September 2 (Locomotion/Geffen Records).

“It’s a massive honor to have my song ‘The Emperor’ chosen as the anthem for ESPN’s college football season. I wrote this song when I was 17; it was just an outburst of unfiltered energy that I knew would have its moment one day,” Yungblud said in a news release from ESPN.
Yungblud revealed he has played the song live for 5 years but has never found the appropriate time for a release until now.


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“In previous years we’ve selected music that matched the tone of college football. This year, with ‘The Emperor,’ it feels like a custom built song for college football from Yungblud. The chants, hype, and tone match perfectly to what we expect to feel around and inside college football this season,” Curtis Friends, senior director of sports marketing for ESPN said in a news release. “The up-tempo pace and energy of the song feels like the release of all the bottled up energy and intensity fans, players, and teams have had in anticipation for the upcoming season. It’s the perfect fit thematically for the ebbs and flows of the season that will end with one team being crowned the next Emperor of College Football.”