Coldplay will take the field for Super Bowl 50’s halftime show

new coldplay album to feature celebrity vocals band
When halftime hits during Super Bowl 50 in February, all eyes will turn to Coldplay. The British rock band is set to headline the much-anticipated show, according to Wall Street Journal sources.

The Super Bowl is typically the country’s most-watched TV event of the year, so booking a performance slot is a big deal. Last year’s audience was record-setting — 118.5 million people tuned in for the halftime show, which featured Katy Perry. Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz performed as special guests.

According to WSJ, musicians typically see a boost in tickets and sales after a Super Bowl performance, which makes the timing perfect for Coldplay. The band’s new album, A Head Full of Dreams, is set to drop on Friday, December 4. An announcement of a North American tour is expected to come after the event. Both Beyoncé and Bruno Mars made such announcements in the days after they headlined Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Mars will join Coldplay as a guest during the upcoming show, which is sponsored by PepsiCo Inc., and Beyoncé is reportedly in talks to appear as well. The latter is fitting, given that she lent her vocals to the the band’s upcoming album, but it’s interesting that such recent performers would be recycled already. We won’t complain as long as the power stays on this time — there was famously a blackout mid-game of Beyoncé’s high-energy show.

Coldplay has never performed at a Super Bowl before, but the band was previously in consideration. According to a 2014 WSJ article, the NFL was seeking to some form of payment for the performance slot, even though that hasn’t traditionally been done. The reaction from the artists — Coldplay included — was reportedly “chilly.”

The NFL is slated to name one of the halftime acts on December 3 during the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, per the league’s website, so we’ll see if Coldplay is confirmed.

Super Bowl 50 will be played on February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Photography

The Panasonic FZ1000 gets a much-needed update alongside the smaller ZS80 zoom

Panasonic's 2014 superzoom camera with a larger sensor has finally seen an update. The new Panasonic FZ1000 II has a sensor that's better for low light, more physical controls, and new 4K Photo Mode features.
Emerging Tech

Chandra X-ray telescope uncovers evidence of the universe’s missing matter

Where is all of the matter in the universe? NASA's Chandra telescope has uncovered evidence of hot gas strands in the vicinity of a quasar which could explain the missing third of matter which has puzzled astronomers for years.
Movies & TV

J.J. Abrams wraps production on Star Wars: Episode IX with a heartfelt message

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has wrapped production on Star Wars: Episode IX, which he directed and co-wrote. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.
Gaming

Take some time to reminisce with the 25 best Sega Genesis games of all time

Although the company has since fallen into obscurity, Sega was an indisputable titan throughout the '90s. That said, here are 25 best Sega Genesis games that helped define its fabled decade.
Music

The best free music download sites that are totally legal

Finding music that is both free and legal to download can be difficult. We've handpicked a selection of the best free music download sites for you to legally download your next favorite album.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Mobile

Schubert left Symphony No. 8 unfinished. A smartphone’s A.I. just completed it

We all know computers can be used to make music, but can artificial intelligence be used to not only generate music, but complete one of the most famous unfinished symphonies of all time? Huawei has used its A.I. to find out.
Music

Spotify could terminate accounts of listeners using ad blockers

Bad news for those who block annoying ads on Spotify -- the company has updated its Terms of Service to explicitly ban ad blockers. Consequences for users found circumventing the rules include suspending or terminating your account.
Home Theater

Apple's new AirPods could arrive within months, pack health sensor tech

Apple may release new AirPods in the first half of 2019. A wireless charging case, health sensors, water resistance, and better Siri integration are some of the improvements rumored to be part of the new package.
Music

Donald Glover is (somehow) first rapper to win a Grammy for Song Of The Year

Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) has become the first hip-hop artist to win Song Of The Year, an award that had illuded countless other popular rap artists for decades.
Home Theater

How to master your equalizer settings for the perfect sound

You may know what an EQ is, but do you know how to adjust equalizer settings for the best possible sound? We go through the basics of the modern EQ and lay out some guidelines for how to achieve tip-top sound from your system.
Music

The 25 best love songs on Spotify for your wooing pleasure

Valentine's Day comes but once a year, but love is forever. If you're hoping to impress your significant other -- or if you're trying to procure one -- we put together a list of the best love songs for your wooing pleasure.
Cars

Rock out in the carpool lane with Singing Machine’s Carpool Karaoke microphone

Carpool Karaoke fans can count down the days till summer. That's when Singing Machine's Carpool Karaoke microphone will be available. Connect the Carpool Karaoke Mic to your car radio to make your next road trip a mobile karaoke party.
Gaming

After Twitch ban for using homophobic language, musician Deadmau5 apologizes

Electronic musician Deadmau5 has been suspended from Twitch after using homophobic language during a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds match. The musician later said he wouldn't be returning.