What Super Bowl Halftime Hints Did The Weeknd Drop in New Cover Interview?

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The Weeknd photographed on December 11, 2020 in Los Angeles.

On the Pop Shop Podcast, we chat with Billboard dance director Katie Bain about what we could expect from The Weeknd on Super Bowl Sunday.

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, and we're all wondering what The Weeknd might have up his red leather sleeve for the halftime show. Thankfully, the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast knew just who to ask for some possible clues: Billboard dance director Katie Bain, who interviewed The Weeknd -- as well as his XO Records inner-circle -- for the magazine's latest cover story.

The cover story included a few nuggets about the halftime show, including that The Weeknd put up $7 million of his own money to bring his vision to life and that he's hoping for a "cinematic experience," like all of his remote awards show performances from 2020. But there were a few questions we really wanted to pick Katie's brain about after spending time with Team Weeknd: What might he perform, and does his new 18-song collection The Highlights offer any hints? Who might join him among his many A-list collaborators over the years, or does he even need guests?

Listen to the latest episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast below for our chat with Bain and some insight into The Weeknd's Super Bowl set:

Also on the show, we’ve got chart news about why Morgan Wallen staying at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week is pretty monumental and how Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” featuring Da Baby, hits a new high on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard's deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of Billboard charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)