Carrie Underwood and Ludacris score a touchdown with Super Bowl song

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The song and the accompanying video was released Friday.

The three-minute, 37 second tune, written by Underwood and Ludacris with Brett James and Chris DeStefano, earns its high-profile slot with one of the heaviest, and catchiest, tracks of the "All-American Girl" singer's career.

Country star Carrie Underwood teamed up with Ludacris to co-write a new song, "The Champion", which will open the Super Bowl on February 4 airing on NBC.

"The "C" is for the courage I posses through the drama / "H" is for the hurt but it's all for the honor," he raps, breaking down the word "champion" during his verse. "Unstoppable, unshakeable, they knock me down, I get up again, I am the champion".

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Following a brief teaser during an National Football League playoffs commercial last weekend (Jan. 7), Carrie Underwood shared a new anthemic jam "The Champion", which features rap veteran Ludacris.

Most surprising for Underwood fans, though, is that "The Champion" is completely stripped of 34-year-old's signature country sound.

"It was a pleasure to collaborate with Carrie for this inspirational song", the rapper says.

"I'm a fighter like Rocky / Put you flat on your back like Ali", Underwood sings. "It's going to be one of those songs that you see cut to highlights for the next 25 years". "I'm sorry.' But that was a good indicator that we were on the right track".

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