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Music’s 10 Most Scandalous Live-TV Moments

When M.I.A. held up her middle finger during Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show last weekend, she dominated blog chatter for a few days and incited a few minor cable-TV debates. She could have to pay a fine, and she’s definitely changed the narrative around her next album. But she hasn’t gotten anywhere near the pantheo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Watch The Darkness’s Super Bowl Commercial

Depending on how you look at it, Sunday’s Super Bowl telecast was dominated either by the Giants or by M.I.A.’s middle finger. But how about the commercials? Well, given how expensive all of dem tings are, it is probably not a great sign that there are so few worth discussing this morning. There did seem… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 6, 2012 - 10:35 am

Watch M.I.A.’s Super Bowl Middle Finger

The biggest story to come out of last night’s Super Bowl was this: In a repeat of their historic 2008 victory, the New York Giants won a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the favored New England Patriots, with the Patriots botching their last-minute touchdown attempt. The second-most-important story was this: During her short appearance at Madonna’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012 - 8:59 am

Ryan Adams Gets Animated In 30 Rock Webisode

On the latest episode of The Donaghy Files, a 30 Rock spinoff of animated webisodes, Alec Baldwin’s character finds himself tasked with throwing together a Super Bowl halftime show but unable to pay any clearance fees. This somehow leads to him bringing in a bunch of musicians to sing theme songs to old NBC shows. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2012 - 4:42 pm

M.I.A. Confirms Super Bowl Appearance

Rumors have been swirling for a while, and now M.I.A. herself has confirmed them. When Madonna performs at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, she’ll perform her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” and her collaborators M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will join her in the middle of the field. M.I.A. may have had… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2012 - 5:49 pm

The Worst Super Bowl Halftime Performances Since We Were Born

Once upon a time that thing that’s pictured up there happened. It was not really one of the The Worst Super Bowl Halftime Performances. But it does mark a turning point after which Super Bowl Performances would be scrubbed within an inch of their life of anything resembling hormonal charge. (Unless we’re talking about Prince’sMore »

By: Amrit Singh / February 4, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” Licensed To NFL For Charity

The Funeral track will be used during this weekend’s Super Bowl, whatever that is, with 100% of the licensing proceeds benefiting Partners In Health’s Stand With Haiti relief efforts. Last time was different. More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 3, 2010 - 2:47 pm

Who To Play Superbowl XLIV?

There’s no NFL confirmation, but the Who are rumored to be playing the Superbowl XLIV halftime show 2/7 in Miami. Roger Daltrey says he and Townshend are working on a followup to Endless Wire. That’s not why the Who are playing the Superbowl XLIV halftime show in Miami. More »

By: brandon / November 13, 2009 - 11:46 am

Springsteen Defies Super Bowl Oddsmakers With “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” Crotch Shot

What a game, right?! There’s a reason I don’t write about sports regularly, but I will say that was easily the best Super Bowl I have ever seen since last year’s Super Bowl. So much excitement! And pizza! Also it was an amazing night to have HD picture because when the Boss thrust his crotch… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2009 - 11:10 pm

Bob Dylan And Will.I.Am Are Pepsi Pals is a hilarious addition to any television broadcast, whether he’s ruining CNN’s election coverage or condensing 50 years of Grammys into 90 unbearable seconds. And Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan, he could sell us bras and panties. So when we heard will and Dyl recorded a new song for a Pepsi commercial premiering during… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 30, 2009 - 5:30 pm

Smashing Pumpkins’ Hyundai Commercial Debuts Early

After all the shenanigans Corgan’s… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 30, 2009 - 10:27 am

New Smashing Pumpkins Song To Debut In Hyundai Commercial

Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin wrote “FOL” to soundtrack a spot for Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe. According to the press release the theme of the ad is “The Epic Lap” and will highlight the car’s “fluid design and track-worthy performance.” The commercial premieres immediately before the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 28, 2009 - 10:13 am

The Worst NFL Team Rap Videos

Of course you remember the Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle” video. But there were many knockoffs! And they were terrible. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has compiled all the imitators, starting with the Miami Dolphins’ “Can’t Touch Us” video, which features a keytar, an early model cell phone (always funny), and everybody in Zubaz. Check all the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 13, 2008 - 2:56 pm

Springsteen Headlining Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show

Springsteen and the E Street Band are set for Tampa on 2/1 and hopefully there are no wardrobe malfunctions or penis-shaped guitar (or saxophone, Clarence) shadows. Should be triumphant. Read more at More »

By: brandon / September 29, 2008 - 9:15 am

Tom Petty’s Super Bowl Performance Rocked Softly, Simulated A Big Dick

There’s no doubt Tom Petty was a safe choice for entertainment in this desexualized, post-wardrobe-malfunction Super Bowl halftime era we find ourselves in, but it’s nice to see the NFL still knows the imagination capturing ability of a good ol’ phallic allusion. Last year’s Best Super Bowl Halftime Ever featured of course Prince’s pointy purpleMore »

By: Amrit Singh / February 4, 2008 - 1:54 am

The New Republic Examines The Appeal Of Super Bowl Halftime Performing Artist Tom Petty, Feels Shame For Loving His Rock

It’s true, friends know it: While making weekend plans we did almost forget Sunday was the Super Bowl. But then we thought about Tom Petty, like ya do, and it all came back. The New Republic’s been doing a little of the same, and has used Tom’s big halftime performance as an opportunity for some… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2008 - 6:41 pm

A Princely Phallus

Prince’s Super Bowl performance was so exuberant, you may have forgot to be offended! Via the AP:Prince’s acclaimed performance included a guitar solo during the “Purple Rain” segment of his medley in which his shadow was projected onto a large, flowing beige sheet. As the 48-year-old rock star let rip, the silhouette cast by hi… More »

By: Stereogum / February 7, 2007 - 9:26 am

Best Super Bowl Halftime Show Ever

Prince is 48. That’s fun to think about while you watch YouTubes of the Purple One performing in the rain over and over and over today. Screw his physical ailments, Prince was four times as hip as any Super Bowl halftime show we can remember. From “Let’s Go Crazy” to “Proud Mary” to “Baby I’m… More »

By: Stereogum / February 5, 2007 - 8:30 am

Super Bowl Injury Report: Prince May Be Half As Hip

Hey sports fans, don’t expect too much stage-sweeping pelvic activity from the Purple One on Sunday. This report filed by ESPN, going above and beyond and giving us the health condition of the halftime entertainment:Reports surfaced about a year ago that decades of dancing in those high heels the ladies love caused serious damage to… More »

By: Stereogum / February 2, 2007 - 7:30 pm

Rolling Stones Controversy

Some things never change. The Rolling Stones stage a massive free concert in Rio and delight a million poor fans. Meanwhile, William Safire can’t take his mind off the band’s poor grammar. From Sunday’s NYTimes Magazine:During halftime at Super Bowl XL, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones performed “Satisfaction,” their 1965 hit. He pointed out… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 21, 2006 - 11:17 am