In addition to being a platinum rapper and former Canadian child star, Drake is also a huge sports fan. He was all over the NBA All-Star Game, and he once coached against Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari during a scrimmage. Now he’s back with a new track called “Draft Day,” which shouts out Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kansas superstar freshman hoopster Andrew Wiggins (both of whom expect to be drafted during the upcoming NFL and NBA drafts).
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With nary a middle finger or nipple shield in sight, pop star Bruno Mars took the Super Bowl halftime stage tonight with a polished, shiny set oddly interrupted for a moment by shirtless 50-year-olds. Donning his signature suit (tonight was metallic gold) and skinny tie — but no fedora, dammit – flanked by a pack of identically adorned band members, Bruno and his crew aptly struck a very “Jersey Boys” look through their five-song halftime set at MetLife Stadium.
Nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige will sing the national anthem before Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night, the Associated Press reports.
Tomorrow’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox will take place at Boston’s Fenway Park. In addition to many other events, Blige performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.
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NBC unveiled Carrie Underwood’s version of the Sunday Night Football theme tonight, marking the end of Faith Hill’s reign as the NFL’s musical queen.
Hill began singing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” (a reworking of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You”) in 2007 and has appeared at the top of the broadcast for the past six years. Hill stepped down from the gig in April, and in May it was announced that Underwood would take over the high-profile opening number, which, interestingly, didn’t always belong to country gals — it was originally sung by Pink in 2006.
Underwood’s version features a whole lot of high notes and almost as many Verizon logos, but, remarkably fewer shots of her legs (which some have called the best gams in the biz) than Hill’s. Check it out below — along with the older versions for comparison:
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Eminem made an unlikely and puzzling appearance on ESPN’s Saturday Night Football halftime show.
The rap superstar, who has a new album out in the fall, appeared to premiere his “Berzerk” music video.
Sitting with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit, Eminem seemed at first slightly confused, with his mouth hanging open.
Eminem rarely does interviews, and certainly not live on ESPN. Musburger asked him questions about his music and referred to him by his given name, Marshall Mathers.
Said Eminem: “Live TV freaks me out a little bit.”
But he soon seemed to relax, saying “Berzerk” would be the new theme of SNF. The Detroit native also talked about his devotion to the Detroit Lions.
Check out the video below:
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The All-American Girl has got a new all-American job. Carrie Underwood will take over the Sunday Night Football theme song, the program announced yesterday. Replacing Faith Hill, who performed “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” for the past six years, Underwood will debut her intro Sept. 8. when the new season kicks off.
Talking with EW today, Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli says that Underwood was an obvious choice. “Carrie appeals to both men and women,” Gaudelli said. “Obviously we’re the number one rated show on television. We’re number one in the men demographic but we’re number two in the female demographic. Just as Faith was, Carrie comes with a sterling reputation and is just very, very likable. The important things are she’s a dynamic performer that sells a ton of records and generates a ton of publicity, all of it positive. She’s a great, great performer….One of the other things is we consider Sunday Night Football family viewing and I think she’s got that All-American Girl persona. What’s that [lyric]? ‘Wonderful, beautiful perfect all-American girl.’ That’s her.” READ FULL STORY
It’s not just Chicago Bulls fans who are upset about the Brooklyn Nets forcing a seventh game of their NBA playoff series on Saturday night. Rihanna’s concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays center will now be postponed to accommodate the winner-take-all contest.
In a statement to fans, Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, said, “I want to apologize to Rihanna’s fans for the inconvenience of having to reschedule her show at Barclays Center from Saturday, May 4 to Tuesday, May 7 due to Game 7 of the Brooklyn Nets-Chicago Bulls NBA Playoffs series. I want to thank Rihanna for working with us on this new date and for understanding what a Game 7 in Brooklyn means to the borough. We are looking forward to a special concert and I hope Rihanna will be our guest at Game 7.”
Tickets for Rihanna’s show will be honored on the new night, or refunds will be given.
Remember when Jay-Z was just a guy who rapped about money and women, and his only business ventures were the stillborn careers of Amil and Freeway? Now he’s a major mogul letting the world know how he plans on making his next few millions.
In an open letter posted on his website, the man born Shawn Carter announced that he is officially selling off his tiny ownership stake in the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets in order to fully (and legally) ensconce himself as a sports agent overseeing the newly-minted Roc Nation Sports. NBA rules prohibit team owners from carrying agent licenses, which is why Jigga had to cash out on his stake (which amounted to roughly one fiftieth of one percent). READ FULL STORY
Neil Diamond said he’s happy his “Sweet Caroline,” a staple of Boston Red Sox games, can provide comfort after the Boston Marathon bombing.
The New York Yankees, Toronto Raptors, and other professional sports teams have played the song at games in the days after Monday’s deadly blasts, with fans and players often singing along.
“There is a lot of comfort that music can offer,” Diamond told The Associated Press. “In this particular situation, I’d much rather it not have happened than for ‘Sweet Caroline’ to become part of it. But it’s obviously offering comfort to people and I feel good about that.”
Diamond spoke Thursday night in Los Angeles at the Rock and Roll Hall induction ceremony. He said he intended the song, first released in 1969 and addressed to Caroline Kennedy, to offer solace.
“I wrote it in a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee,” he said. “And I think there’s a little bit of God in that song. I always have felt that. There’s no accounting for what can happen to a song. But this one had something special to it.”
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When NBC’s Sunday Night Football kicks off its next season, someone new will be singing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.”
Yesterday, Faith Hill tweeted, “Amazing 2 have been part of SNF – an honor. I’ve just let everyone there know it’s time 2 let someone else rock the open.” Hill’s departure was confirmed in a statement by Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli who said, “Faith Hill is family to all of us at Sunday Night Football. For the last six seasons and two Super Bowls, her opening performance of ‘Waiting All Day’ set the tone for SNF and became a television staple. We will always be grateful for her performances and friendship. We wish Faith nothing but continued success.”
Gaudelli also tweeted, “Great love and appreciation to @FaithHill for six great years of rocking the SNF open.”
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