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Watch Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show With Missy Elliott & Lenny Kravitz

Katy Perry brought out Missy Elliott to do a three-song set during her Super Bowl halftime slot and, as Missy Elliot does, she stole the show. Missy started with “Get Ur Freak On,” went on to “Work It,” and rounded everything out with “Lose Control,” while Perry mostly stood by watching (and getting changed into… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Hundred Waters Soundtrack Coca-Cola Super Bowl Commercial

Hundred Waters’ track “Show Me Love” soundtracked a Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial earlier tonight centered around stopping online negativity (by pouring soda onto your computer). The band is using their high-profile placement for a partnership with BitTorrent to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Of America. In exchange for a donation to the charity,… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 8:58 pm

Katy Perry Will Play Super Bowl 2015 Halftime Show

Billboard reports that their sources have confirmed that Katy Perry will be the halftime performer for Super Bowl XLIX. Last week during an appearance on ESPN’s College Game Day, the singer was coy about whether she would perform. She added that she’s “not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl,”… More »

By: James Rettig / October 9, 2014 - 10:10 pm

M.I.A. Settles With The NFL, Maybe Now They Can Afford A Halftime Show

M.I.A. and the NFL have settled the lawsuit that the organization filed after M.I.A. flipped the middle finger during her part in Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. The Hollywood Reporter says that M.I.A.’s attorney Howard King confirmed the settlement, but that details of the arbitration will remain private. The NFL filed a lawsuit a… More »

By: James Rettig / August 22, 2014 - 6:36 pm

NFL Wants Coldplay, Katy Perry, Or Rihanna To Pay To Play Super Bowl Halftime

The National Football League rakes in about $9 billion a year, but that doesn’t mean it’s made of money. Do you know how much the League is going to have to pay out in concussion-related lawsuits for the next forever? Fortunately, the NFL has figured out how to optimize yet another revenue stream: Charging artist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014 - 4:12 pm

NFL Seeks Additional $15M From M.I.A. For Super Bowl Middle Finger

The feud between the NFL and M.I.A. is getting more heated and even more entertaining. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 17, 2014 - 3:22 pm

These Were Super Bowl Viewers’ FCC Complaints About Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Suggestive Lyrics, Exposed Nipples

While we all remember a lot of unhappy viewers reporting to the FCC during M.I.A.’s Superbowl performance a few years back. Now many complaints about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance have surfaced as a way to prove that people will find a way to get offended by anything. The issues range from being disgusted… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 14, 2014 - 10:56 am

Axl Rose Has A Theory About Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unplugged Super Bowl Performance

The Super Bowl is but a distant memory, yet the Chili Peppers’ Cordgate controversy continues to annihilate our nation’s collective sensibilities. Flea already gave us his side of the story — “[We] were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not … More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 5, 2014 - 11:15 am

Red Hot Chili Peppers Didn’t Even Plug In Their Guitars For The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is a marvel of swift, mechanistic spectacle-creation. Think of the logistics involved: Both teams leave the field, and then a state-of-the-art stage, complete with crazy light displays, is immediately assembled as thousands of onlookers take the field. And all this happens without in any way damaging the valuable playing surface. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 3:43 pm

U2 – “Invisible”

“Invisible,” a track from U2’s Danger Mouse-produced 13th studio LP, wasn’t expected to be revealed until a Super Bowl commercial tonight, but it looks like it’s available a little early. “Invisible” is not the first single from the new album, which is now targeted for a summer release according to USA Today, but “a sneak… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 2, 2014 - 11:28 am

Watch Seahawks Fans Chris Cornell, Macklemore, Ann Wilson Get Psyched For The Super Bowl

As you might have heard, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will square off in the Super Bowl this Sunday at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Bruno Mars and RHCP will be there, (probably) not performing “Abracadabralifornia” at halftime. They aren’t the only rock stars who’ll be in the house: Ezra Koenig said he’s going,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014 - 10:53 am

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Abracadabralifornia” Just Won The Super Bowl

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to join Bruno Mars at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, and this seems like the best reason yet to hope for some sort of Black Sunday situation. But in a commendable act of civic protest, someone has uploaded a note-perfect RHCP parody called “Abracadabralifornia” to this remarkablyMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Bob Dylan Hooks Up With Chobani & Chrysler For Super Bowl Ads

You wouldn’t think Bob Dylan was hurting for either money or attention, but he’ll get plenty this Sunday when he’s prominently featured in two different Super Bowl ads. Billboard reports that Dylan is set to star in a Chrysler commercial, the latest in a series of Super Bowl ads that has featured Eminem, Clint Eastwood,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014 - 10:19 am

U2’s “Invisible” Free On iTunes During The Super Bowl

U2 are set to return this spring with a new as-yet-untitled Danger Mouse-produced album, though the only song we’ve heard from those sessions is the Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom soundtrack song “Ordinary Love.” It’s already won a Golden Globe and been nominated for an Oscar, but we don’t even know if that track i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2014 - 2:42 pm

U2 Win Golden Globe, Shoot “Invisible” Video For Super Bowl Spot

UPDATE: Last night Bono reportedly told Showbiz 411 U2’s new album is now coming in June.


Last night Hollywood gathered for the 71st annual Golden Globes, that annual mishmash of movie and TV awards that’s slightly less reverent and/or relevant than the Oscars or Emmys. The big musical winner wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 13, 2014 - 9:30 am

M.I.A. Says Her Super Bowl Middle Finger Was Actually A Godly Hand Gesture

M.I.A.’s Matangi is out today and along with the religious iconography that is referenced throughout the album, in a recent interview with NPR, the “Bad Girls” rapper has explained that the middle finger she gave at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show is part of that spiritual expression. When asked why she did it, she… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 5, 2013 - 12:44 pm

M.I.A. Goes To War Against NFL

Almost two years ago, in her appearance during Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show performance, M.I.A. briefly flipped off the camera. It’s pretty likely that you haven’t thought about that overblown flap in months, or that you’ve forgotten about it entirely. The NFL, however, has not forgotten. Less than two months after the big game, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Bruno Mars To Play Super Bowl 2014 Halftime

UPDATE: It’s official.

According to the LA Times, Bruno Mars is expected to headline the Super Bowl this year. The Super Bowl XLVIII will take place in February at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The LA Times also reports that an announcement about the performance might be made as soon as thi… More »

By: Liz Pelly / September 7, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Watch Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Last night, the Baltimore Ravens won the motherfucking Super Bowl. Really, for those of us who come from Baltimore, everything else that happened is a footnote: The bizarre half-hour power outage that threatened to send the game into chaos, the Budweiser commercial with the horse that made everyone cry, the presence of porcupine cheerleaders at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2013 - 8:50 am

Watch The Flaming Lips’ Hyundai Commercial

Not to sound like a square, but there’s something about Wayne Coyne — especially his prowess for hanging out with “Brush My Teeth With A Bottle Of Jack” Ke$ha and overexposing Erykah Badu’s sister without permission — that screams Don’t Let Kids Hang Out With The Flaming Lips. And yet, in this Hyundai commercial, running… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 29, 2013 - 10:32 am
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