Katy Perry and J Balvin in P25 Music promotional photos | Source: The Pokémon Co. International/the Pop Insider

ICYMI, Pokémon is celebrating a quarter-century this year, and music is a big part of that celebration.

The Pokémon Co. International partnered with Universal Music Group for the brand’s milestone anniversary, producing new music and music-based events in collaboration with popular artists. The P25 Music Program launched with Katy Perry as its headliner, then hosted a virtual Post Malone concert over this past weekend for Pokémon Day. During the concert, Malone performed a surprise cover of a popular Hootie and the Blowfish song, “Only Wanna Be with You — Pokémon 25 Version,” which is available now on Spotify.

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At that concert, fans got more details about plans for the rest of the yearlong program, including the reveal of J Balvin as another artist who will partner with Pokémon.

According to The Pokémon Co., Perry, Balvin, and one more surprise artist will release songs inspired by Pokémon, each supported by a music video and a merch collection.

Source: The Pokémon Co. International

The P25 Music Program will officially culminate this fall with P25: The Album, a compilation that will feature 14 songs by 11 different Universal Music Group artists. Fans can pre-save the album now on Spotify by clicking this link, so it will be part of your music library as soon as it launches. You can also watch the full Post Malone virtual concert below, via the official Pokémon YouTube channel.


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Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley was a Senior Editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covered all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.