Super Bowl

  1. NFL Wants $16.6 Million for M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Bird

    March 18, 2014 8:30 AM EDT As The Hollywood Reporter revealed last September, the NFL has been secretly pursuing M.I.A. in arbitration in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012. During the event, watched by nearly 167 million TV households, the Sri Lankan singer-r ...

  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers Unplugged at Super Bowl: Axl Rose Weighs In

    February 04, 2014 10:01 PM EST The Super Bowl halftime show, featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, elicited plenty of cheers from fans in MetLife stadium, but some watching at home -- including former Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid -- had a bone to pick with t ...

  3. U2's Free 'Invisible' Downloads Raise Over $3 Million For (RED) Global Fund

    February 04, 2014 10:58 AM EST U2’s exclusive premiere of new single “Invisible” during the Super Bowl, in partnership with (RED) and Bank of America ( reported here in late January), raised more than $3 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in 36 ...

  4. Super Bowl: Bruno Mars, U2 Top Shazam Searches

    February 03, 2014 7:58 PM EST Between Bruno Mars' halftime performance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laurence Fishburne's opera and Ellen Degeneres' Beats commercial, which Super Bowl moment nabbed the most Shazams? The music search app beat its own Super Bowl ...

  5. Bruno Mars' 'Jukebox' Sales Jump 164% After Super Bowl Halftime Performance

    February 03, 2014 2:52 PM EST Bruno Mars is set to return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, thanks to his Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, February 2. According to estimates from industry sources, the entertainer's latest album, "Unorthodox J ...

  6. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  7. Morning Fix: Super Bowl Mania: Denver's Beatport vs. Seattle's Sub Pop, How Halftime Shows Sell Music, More; Carrie Underwood on Lack of Female Country Artists

    January 31, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE SUPER BOWL MUSIC BIZ BET: DENVER'S BEATPORT VS. SEATTLE'S SUB POP In the fine tradition of all that is great about sport, Billboard has gathered two music businesses with skin in this year ...

  8. Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium: An Inside Look at Hosting the Big Game (Q&A)

    January 30, 2014 6:52 PM EST Over his lengthy career, big-league facility manager Ron VanDeVeen has worked on major sporting events from the World Cup to the NBA Finals. On Sunday, he’ll add the Super Bowl to that list.   “The Super Bowl is definitely the biggest, in regards ...

  9. Super Bowl: How Halftime Shows Sell Music (1993-Present)

    January 30, 2014 5:02 PM EST From Michael Jackson to Beyonce, how stars' Super Bowl performances scored on the charts. Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance in 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner s ...

  10. Bob Dylan's Super Bowl Blitz: Set to Star In Chrysler Commercial, Licenses 'I Want You' to Chobani (Exclusive)

    January 28, 2014 8:11 PM EST As a new Super Bowl commercial for Chobani featuring Bob Dylan’s 1966 hit “I Want You” hit the web on Tuesday, Billboard has confirmed that another Dylan-related spot will be airing on Sunday, this time starring the man himself. Dylan will star ...

  11. Drake To Star In Time Warner Cable Super Bowl Commercial (Exclusive)

    January 10, 2014 6:43 PM EST Super Bowl Music Mania: Billboard's Guide To NYC-Area Concerts VH1 Books Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Fall Out Boy and More for Six NYC Super Bowl Concerts Bruno Mars Preps for Super Bowl Performance: 'Everyone's Putting the Fear of Go ...

  12. How Bruno Mars Will Deal With a Cold-Weather Super Bowl Halftime Performance

    December 27, 2013 9:05 AM EST Everyone is in Bruno Mars' ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold? It's Official: Bruno Mars To Play Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Why The NFL and Pe ...

  13. Morning Fix: NFL and VH1 Planning Six Pre-Super Bowl Concerts; How SFX and Azoff-MSG Are Game-Changers; Playing the Halftime Show, For Free; CMJ in 2013

    October 15, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE NFL, VH1 PREPPING SIX PRE-SUPER BOWL CONCERTS (EXCLUSIVE) Music events around next year’s Super Bowl will reach a record volume of activity. Leading the pack will be the National Football League a ...

  14. WME's John Marx on Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Gig, Sold-Out Arena Tour Strategy, Not Having Presales (Q&A)

    September 10, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Bruno Mars has not only proven to be a master at creating multiple hit songs, but he’s also solidified himself as one of today’s top live performers. In addition to being named the halftime performer at next year’s Super Bowl XLVIII, Mars re ...

  15. It's Official: Bruno Mars To Play Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

    September 08, 2013 1:48 PM EDT It's official: Bruno Mars will play the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Feb. 2, 2014.  Reports of the "Locked Out Of Heaven" singer's booking started circulating when the Los Angeles Times broke the news Friday, a ...

  16. Bruno Mars Set To Play Super Bowl 2014 Halftime (Source)

    September 07, 2013 2:44 PM EDT Bruno Mars will rock the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show in 2014, a source confirmed to Billboard on Saturday (Sept. 7). The L.A. Times first reported the possible Bruno Mars halftime gig, citing it's own sources. The Associated Press has a ...

  17. Grammy Ad Rates Climb to Record $900,000 Per Spot

    February 07, 2013 7:00 AM EST Ads for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards have reached an all-time high of $850,000 to $900,000 for some 30-second spots, a 9 to 12% increase from 2012, according to five executives familiar with negotiations who spoke with Billboard.biz. Chevrolet, De ...

  18. Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show Draws Estimated 104 Million Viewers

    February 04, 2013 5:31 PM EST The half-hour that included Beyonce’s performance at Super Bowl XLVII was one of the most watched segments of the NFL championship on Sunday, hitting an average of about 104 million viewers, Billboard estimates, based on Nielsen data.   Nielsen ...

  19. Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance Boosts Her Album Sales 230% – Destiny's Child's 600%

    February 04, 2013 4:43 PM EST Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show has, predictably, sent sales of her music skyrocketing. The diva headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime festivities in New Orleans last night (Feb. 3), where she performed eight songs and reunited with D ...

  20. Stevie Wonder/ Bud Light Squeaks Past Jimmy Cliff/ Volkswagen for Most-Tweeted Super Bowl Ad: Brand Bowl

    February 04, 2013 12:23 AM EST Not surprisingly, Beyonce was the most-Tweeted artist of Super Bowl 47 by a mile. But the race for most-Tweeted music-related commercial was very close – with Bud Light’s Stevie Wonder-starring ad slipping past Volkswagen and Jimmy Cliff by less ...

  21. Beyonce Announces World Tour Dates After Super Bowl Halftime Performance

    February 04, 2013 12:20 AM EST As expected , New Orleans was just the beginning. Following a Super Bowl halftime show that set Twitter ablaze, Beyonce announced that she will embark on "The Mrs. Carter Show," a nearly four month transatlantic tour that will kick off ...

  22. Beyonce Top-Tweeted Artist for Super Bowl 2013 by a Mile: Brand Bowl

    February 03, 2013 11:59 PM EST Not only was Beyonce the likely ratings winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl , she was far and away the winner on Twitter, as well. Billboard teamed up with Boston.com’s Brand Bowl to track the most talked-about artists on Twitter and the relative sent ...

  23. Super Bowl Commercials That Rock: Watch All The Music-Based Ads From The Big Game

    February 03, 2013 6:49 PM EST Advertisers shelled out new record dollar amounts for 30-second spots at this year's Super Bowl, but as more ads feature current hits and emerging singles as their soundtrack, the Super Bowl has also grown into a top hit-making destination ...

  24. Will Beyonce Beat Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Record?

    February 02, 2013 8:00 AM EST At this point, we're wondering whether there was actually more upside to Beyonce's recent national-anthem controversy than downside. Not only did she handle the situation with hater-flattening aplomb , her promise of a live performance ...

  25. Beyonce's World Tour: The Mrs. Carter Show?

    February 01, 2013 9:21 PM EST Beyonce's next world tour looks to be a family affair. Per an image on Live Nation's UK website , the pop star's upcoming tour will be dubbed The Mrs. Carter Show -- a reference to her marriage to Jay-Z, A.K.A. Sean Carter. Dates ...

  26. Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Who Got the Biggest Sales Bumps?

    February 01, 2013 11:28 AM EST Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance 20 years ago, the halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. In 2013, the most-watched TV event in the world is a magnet for superstar talent eager t ...

  27. Beyonce: 'I Will Absolutely Be Singing Live' at Super Bowl

    January 31, 2013 4:33 PM EST Three days before her much-anticipated performance during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Beyonce announced that she will be singing live at the halftime show during a press conference held on Thursday afternoon (Jan. 31). Wearing a short, backl ...

  28. Video: Super Bowl Ad Preview With Usher, Fleetwood Mac, Flaming Lips and More

    January 31, 2013 2:16 PM EST Advertisers shelled out new record dollar amounts for 30-second spots at this year's Super Bowl, but as more ads feature current hits and emerging singles as their soundtrack, the Super Bowl has also grown into a top hit-making destination ...

  29. Lil Wayne, Big Boi, More Score Lucrative Sponsored Gigs Around Super Bowl

    January 30, 2013 8:00 AM EST As thousands of football fans flock to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, dozens of musical acts will also head to the Big Easy to collect hefty paychecks for performing at brand-sponsored events and other private parties during the wee ...

  30. Exclusive: Flaming Lips-Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial

    January 27, 2013 1:00 PM EST When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal as some of their lyrics.   But that's exactly what wi ...

  31. Justin Timberlake Sets Live Return for Super Bowl Charity Show

    January 23, 2013 7:53 PM EST Justin Timberlake is returning to the stage. Less than one month after the singer-turned-actor exploded back onto the music scene with "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, Timberlake will perform his first solo concert in several years dur ...

  32. Morning Fix: Backstage at 'New Year Rockin' Eve;' Instagram's TOS Fallout; Gift Card Music Sales; Kimye Spawn

    December 31, 2012 8:27 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other music-business newsletters here. 'DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE': A SPECIAL BACKSTAGE PREVIEW WITH PRODUCER LARRY KLEIN: Since it began 41 years ago, ...

  33. Can Beyonce Best Madonna's Super Bowl Record?

    October 19, 2012 1:57 PM EDT Now that Beyonce as been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year&# ...

  34. Morning Fix: Beyonce Vs. Madge's Super Bowl; WMG Revenues; Apple Mini iPad Vs. MSFT Source; CMJ

    October 17, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters WARNER MUSIC GROUP EXPECTS TO IMPROVE REVENUES IN Q3: When the Warner Music Group reports its financials for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, the company expects reve ...

  35. Can Beyonce Top Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Record?

    October 16, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Now that Beyonce has been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year's Super Bowl ...

  36. It's Official: Beyonce To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Show

    October 16, 2012 11:35 AM EDT (Photo: Beyonce's Tumblr ) All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer. A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Pres ...

  37. Madonna Didn't Change 'Girl Gone Wild' Single Title Because of Joe Francis, Rep Says

    February 28, 2012 4:20 PM EST Madonna did not switch the name of her latest single to thwart legal action fromGirls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis, her representative, Liz Rosenberg, tells The Hollywood Reporter. How Madonna's Second 'MDNA' Single 'Girls Gon ...

  38. Will Grammy Ratings Spike Make 2013 Ad Rates Soar?

    February 17, 2012 12:06 PM EST (Getty Images) With ad rates already averaging an all-time high of $800,000 heading into this year's Grammy Awards telecast (Billboard, Feb. 18), will CBS be able to charge even more in 2013? Due in part to the untimely death of Whitney Houst ...

  39. Grammys Book Big Brands, Bigger Ad Rates As 30-Second Spots Command $800,000 Apiece

    February 10, 2012 12:11 PM EST The Super Bowl had its fair share of big synchs and artist appearances this year ( Billboard.biz, Feb. 6 ), but the real music-marketing showcase is the Grammy Awards. The 2011 Grammys telecast on CBS was watched by 26.6 million viewers, its large ...

  40. Super Bowl Seen Online Via Live Stream By 2.1 Million

    February 08, 2012 8:15 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The first live stream of the Super Bowl drew 2.1 million unique viewers, NBC said Tuesday. That's a small fraction of the record 111.3 million viewers that watched NBC's broadcast of the big game. But it was still enough ...

  41. Shazam Says Super Bowl Audio Tagging Was a Win

    February 06, 2012 6:38 PM EST This is a still frame from Best Buy's Super Bowl commercial, featuring the Shazam audio-tagging app. During yesterday's Super Bowl, the music-tagging app Shazam, which has been making inroads into television programming, helped approxima ...

  42. Web Trends: Super Bowl Music Wrap Up

    February 06, 2012 4:39 PM EST Google Trends: 4. madonna half time show -- Madonna performed at the Super Bowl halftime show last night along with Cee-Lo, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and LMFAO. 9. mia -- M.I.A. joined Madonna on stage at last night's Super Bowl halftime show; she ...

  43. Super Bowl Spurs Sales for Madonna's New (and Old) Material

    February 06, 2012 3:24 PM EST Madonna's new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and forthcoming album "MDNA" are off to a solid sales start. After only three days in release, "Luvin'" has sold over 100,000 downloads in the U.S. accordi ...

  44. Madonna's Super Bowl Performance Caused 10,245 Tweets Per Second

    February 06, 2012 2:35 PM EST The world's most powerful promotional event met the leading real-time social media tool during the Super Bowl Sunday evening. Records were set and a pop icon's upcoming album and tour got off to a fantastic start. Madonna's performa ...

  45. Madonna Rocks, M.I.A. Flips the Bird During Super Bowl Halftime Show

    February 05, 2012 10:16 PM EST It's Madonna Louise Ciccone's world, we're just living in it. The pop icon took to the world's biggest stage to rock three-and-a-half older tracks and a playful new song during the Super Bowl halftime show. Entering on a golden ...

  46. Kelly Clarkson Nails National Anthem at Super Bowl 46

    February 05, 2012 7:55 PM EST Some of the greatest singers have gotten a little pitchy when singing the National Anthem; but not Kelly Clarkson. The Grammy-winning singer scored with an elegant, pitch-perfect, slightly understated rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner&qu ...

  47. Super Bowl Synch Report: 8 Placements Each for EMI, Warner/Chappell; Budweiser Prepping 4

    February 03, 2012 9:10 PM EST It's a good year for music and the Super Bowl. The top four publishing companies - EMI Music, Universal Music, Warner/Chappell and Sony/ATV - are reporting a healthy marketplace for synchs and placements. As of Friday afternoon, EMI and Warne ...

  48. Exclusive: John Williams' 'Wide Receiver' Gets Dubstep Treatment For Super Bowl XLVI

    January 26, 2012 9:01 PM EST The Giants and the Patriots will meet on the field at Super Bowl XLVI, but when NBC goes to commercial, John Williams will meet dubstep and other modern music styles. Intending to reflect the epic nature of this NFL championship, a rematch of the ...

  49. LMFAO To Join Madonna at Super Bowl, Says Will.i.am

    January 26, 2012 2:18 PM EST During the Super Bowl XLV halftime show last February, Will.i.am and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas brought out special guests like Usher and Slash to pump up their pop anthems. One year later, Will.i.am has taken it upon himself to reveal one of ...

  50. Madonna Officially Playing Super Bowl Halftime

    December 05, 2011 7:30 AM EST After months of speculation, Madonna has officially been named as the performer at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show. The NFL and NBC made the announcement during the network's "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the New Orleans ...

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