It’s official — Coldplay will headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2016!
According to Us Weekly, numerous sources confirmed the news that the British rock band will take the stage in February as sports fans and critics around the world celebrate the event’s 50th anniversary.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) December 3, 2015
Earlier this year, rumors and speculation circulated online about “Uptown Funk” singer Bruno Mars headlining the halftime show for the second time. Even though those rumors have essentially been squashed, Us Weekly reports that Bruno Mars will still have something to do with the highly anticipated performance along with other people that are simply referred to as “friends of the group.”
The recent news of Coldplay headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February essentially adds another recent highlight to the band’s list of memorable moments and achievements in recent months.
For instance, frontman Chris Martin and his fellow band members made waves at the 2015 American Music Awards last month when they performed “Adventure of a Lifetime.”
The band will also release its seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams, on Friday, December 4.
Chris opened up about the album last year during an interview with Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1, explaining the overall concept and vibe of the project.
“We’re making an album that we’re really excited about. It feels like the finale of a certain story, the closing chapter of a story, the party scene, or the end of a movie. We feel like we’ve been trying to get to this for ages. That’s how I always wanted us to sound.”
However, contrary to the rumors that have been circulating online, Martin made it clear that the “finale” presented through the album did not necessarily mean the final chapter of Coldplay as a band.
“That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the band. We’re going to stay in this world for awhile. Who knows, but right now I’m so grateful to be right here with these songs, with this particular band at this time.”
According to Chris, the poem focuses on the belief that every feeling experienced by a person is ultimately a blessing even if it may not seem like such at first. The singer and songwriter behind many of Coldplay’s most memorable hits over the years said that he was shown the poem several years ago and it changed his life as well as his “way of looking at the world.” That is why the band decided to put it in the middle of the album as a sign of gratitude for the life-changing poem.
Among the 11 different tracks on the album is “Hymn for the Weekend,” a song featuring none other than Beyoncé. Chris Martin explained the story behind the song with Ryan Seacrest, including how he invited Beyoncé to join the track and what happened as a result of her accepting the offer.
“We said, ‘We have this song that sounds really good. Is there any chance you can come in and make it sound brilliant? Can you lend us a little bit of your excellence?’ That’s one of my favorites, one of the centerpieces of the [album]. A lot of other songs were written around that.”
Perhaps Beyoncé will be one of the “friends” that helps Coldplay during their epic Super Bowl halftime performance, which is only about two months away. Since Beyoncé made headlines with her own headlining performance at the Super Bowl back in 2013, it is not such a far-fetched theory to believe that she will return to showcase their collaboration during the televised event.
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