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Queen Latifah to sing 'America the Beautiful' at Super Bowl

Actress, musician, talk show host, author, and, as of last night, multi-wedding officiant Queen Latifah will perform “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl’s pre-game festivities this Sunday.

Queen Latifah was born in New Jersey, where Super Bowl XLVIII is being held this year. The pre-game show will be broadcast before kickoff and will also include the National Anthem, sung by opera singer Renee Fleming. Bruno Mars will be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the halftime show.

Your Super Bowl National Anthem singer is... Opera star Renee Fleming

Carrying on the great tradition of Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Kathy Lee Gifford, and the Grambling University Band, Renee Fleming will take on the task of providing bookies with another prop bet by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2.

Fleming is an acclaimed opera singer who has picked up four Grammys over the course of her career and is probably best known outside of the classical world as one of the voices on the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and for her odd (but not unpleasant) collection of indie rock covers from a few years ago. (She also sang the theme song to the 2012 animated disaster Rise of the Guardians.) She’s undoubtedly one of the most competently trained singers to take on the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in some time—it’s a challenging song that has derailed all kinds of performers, especially on big stages.

The addition of Fleming completes the circle of music performers at this year’s Super Bowl, with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers handling the halftime show. U2 will also reportedly have some sort of presence during the course of the broadcast, most likely in the form of an ad in support of their new single “Invisible” and/or their upcoming new album. And Prince will be appearing on a special episode of New Girl that is airing right after the game.

The job of Super Bowl National Anthem singer is tough, because usually the best you can hope for is to be pleasantly forgettable. Nobody wants to mess it up, but at the same time, it would be difficult to top Whitney Houston’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XXV in 1991, which is one of the greatest music moments in all of television history.

Who is your favorite Super Bowl National Anthem singer?

The Roots, Foo Fighters to perform Super Bowl weekend

Foo Fighters, The Roots, and Imagine Dragons will perform on a cruise ship ahead of the Super Bowl.

The bands will hit the stage on the Bud Light Hotel New York, which will be docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan on the Hudson River. The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Roots will perform with Run-DMC and Busta Rhymes on Jan. 30, while Grammy-nominated Imagine Dragons will perform a day later.

Foo Fighters will headline the main event on Feb. 1, where Zac Brown Band will also perform.

Fall Out Boy and country singer Jake Owen will play a concert before the Super Bowl.

The cruise ship will offer lodging for 4,000 guests in 1,900 staterooms.

Bruno Mars is Billboard's Artist of the Year

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First he gets that Super Bowl slot, now this: Bruno Mars has been named Billboard’s Artist of the Year, beating out Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and other pop stars who grabbed headlines in 2013.

Apparently, the charts mattered more than media attention this year. Mars came in at No. 1 on eight of Billboard’s year-end lists, including “Hot 100 Artists,” “Top Overall Artists,” “Hot 100 Singles Airplay,” “Hot Digital Songs,” “Mainstream Top 40″ and “Pop Digital Songs” with tracks from his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox, which includes hits “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Treasure,” and “When I Was Your Man.”  

“Mars’ artist of the year nod may come as a surprise,” Billboard admits in its year-end issue. “But as if on a stealth mission, the adventurous Unorthodox Jukebox commanded a steady presence on the Billboard 200 following its No. 2 debut last December.” After that, the piece notes, the album hung onto the top 20 every week through Sept. 14, landing at No. 1 in its 12th week. It has sold 1.8 million copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Mars’ Moonshine Jungle world tour also ranked in the Top 25 tours of the year. He’ll be back on the road on Feb. 28, though the tour stops are still yet to be announced.

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Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl: Why choosing him makes good (business) sense

Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl: Why choosing him makes good (business) sense

There are still nearly four months left in 2013, but we already know what the most-watched musical performance of next year is going to be.

Over the weekend, the NFL announced that the next Super Bowl Halftime Show performer will be Bruno Mars. He’ll take the stage midway through football’s championship game on February 2 inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (home to both the New York Giants and the undefeated New York Jets).

There are a number of names that were tossed out as alternatives to Mars, the most popular being Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Jay Z. But there are compelling reasons for all three of those to be avoided, if they were even considered: Springsteen did the halftime show too recently (remember when he crushed that camera with his crotch?), Bon Jovi seems to be in flux (who knows if the Richie Sambora situation will be resolved by February), and Jay Z is way too polarizing for an event of this size and scale (even with his nods to big business, he remains too risky a figure for this stage as far as the check writers are concerned).

Really, Mars is the biggest pop star to never have done the halftime show, save for maybe Taylor Swift (who seems like a lock to do this show some day). And his resumé is chock full of qualifications for one of music’s biggest gigs: He has two chart-topping albums, five Hot 100 number ones, has shifted over 115 million singles, and has already performed on the Grammys, the VMAs, and Saturday Night Live. He’s a bona fide superstar, and yet the overwhelming reaction to the announcement that he got the gig has been negative: He’s not a representative of New Jersey (or New York), he’s simultaneously too young and too old; he’s too short.

But really, the selection of Mars should not be surprising to anybody. The Super Bowl is, primarily, a massive business opportunity for advertisers, media outlets, corporate sponsors, and the NFL itself, and Mars represents a shrewd business solution: He’s famous and an excellent live performer, but most importantly, he sounds like someone your mom would like.

That last piece of criteria is the most important: Since the Super Bowl is the most-watched television event of the year (and many broadcasts have become the most-watched television event of all time, at the time), programmers have to assume that there are people watching who don’t normally watch football and don’t pay close attention to music.

That’s why the game itself is weighed down with non-sports-related tie-ins, why the commercials have been built into the entertainment, and why the halftime music tends to skew towards the broadest selections.  READ FULL STORY

Bruno Mars is not Jersey enough to play Super Bowl halftime, says Twitter

We all know there’s no pleasing Twitter, but the news of Bruno Mars playing the Super Bowl halftime show really got the micro-blogging site riled up — especially the New Jersey/New York contingent.

See, Super Bowl XLVIII is at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets, and a vocal group of fans thinks one of that region’s iconic artists — especially Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, or Bon Jovi — should have gotten the gig instead. Of course, the Super Bowl is the most-watched TV event of the year and reaches every corner of the United States, so to choose the musical act regionally really isn’t necessary. Last year’s Bowl was in New Orleans, but Houston native Beyoncé — not, say, Harry Connick Jr. or Lil Wayne — performed during halftime.

But let’s give the Twitter masses the floor to state their case:
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Bruno Mars confirmed for Super Bowl: What can we expect?

It was reported upon speculation yesterday, but now it’s official: Bruno Mars will be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show next year on Feb. 2.

The official announcement came moments before the NFL season’s first Sunday games began, but since we’ve had a day or so to digest this information, it’s time to start wondering what it all means.

For one thing, Mars will be the youngest performer in recent years to helm the world’s most-watched musical event. The past decade’s list of main acts have included Beyoncé, Prince, the Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney — all of whom have had slightly-to-significantly more experience than the 27-year-old Mars. (He’ll be 28 by next February.)

Plus, Mars only has two albums so far to cull songs from; most performers have much more of a back catalog to pick through. (His second record, Unorthodox Jukebox, dropped last December.) Of course, he’s not short on radio hits — from “Grenade” to “When I Was Your Man,” he’s got plenty of surefire crowd-pleasers to choose from. Yet the announcement also allows speculation as to whether he might release new music by then, giving him something further to promote in front of a global stage.

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Bruno Mars to perform at Super Bowl half time show

Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will sing at halftime of the Super Bowl in February, a person familiar with the NFL’s entertainment plans told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The official word is expected to come at an event in New York’s Times Square on Sunday.

The NFL’s regular season began Thursday, and the first full slate of games is Sunday.

The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Halftime shows have drawn more than 100 million television viewers in the United States alone in past years.
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TV Jukebox -- Super Bowl commercials edition: Rolling Stones, Psy, Hans Zimmer and more

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When it comes to all the forms of entertainment in the Super Bowl telecast, music completes the package. No, we’re not talking about Beyonce’s halftime show. We’re talking about the tunes in all those commercials.

The music in this year’s Big Game ads was a mix of recent hits and decades-old classics. Appropriate for one of America’s biggest partying days, the song choices were mostly upbeat and celebratory, but there were a few more emotional tracks as well.

Here EW presents to you a special edition of TV Jukebox with those Super Bowl commercials in the spotlight. Check out our picks and Spotify playlist below. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce, Destiny's Child get big post-Super Bowl bumps on iTunes

Ray Lewis and Oreo weren’t the only winners to come out of Super Bowl XLVII.

After delivering a nearly universally beloved performance at the halftime show last night, Beyoncé and her fellow X-Men Destiny’s Child colleagues scored big boosts on the charts today.

At the time of this post, a bevy of Bey albums and singles, as well as a handful of Destiny’s Child releases, have rocketed up to the list of iTunes’ top downloads.

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