The Weeknd Set To Headline The Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

Plus: The Best…And Worst Super Bowl Halftime Performances Of All Time

The Weeknd

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the 30-year-old Canadian superstar known as The Weeknd is about to hit the biggest stage he’s ever been on. The Super Bowl averages around 99 million viewers each year, and tomorrows game likely won’t be an exception.

Super Bowl LV features Patrick Mahomes and the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs vs six-time Super Bowl winner and 43-year-old Tom Brady and his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game airs live from Tampa on Sunday at 6:30 pm EST

Starting the evening off, singing the National Anthem is country star Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan.

The Weeknd hits the stage at halftime, joining an illustrious list of superstars to grace the Super Bowl halftime show spotlight. That list includes the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Beyonce, among others.

Abel has had a hell of a career, so far. Since being discovered on YouTube in 2010, he has sold over 75 million records, won 3 Grammys, 5 American Music Awards, 9 Billboard Music Awards, and an Academy Award.

He just recently announced the rescheduled 2022 After Hours World Tour:

It’s been reported that The Weeknd spent $7 million of his own money to make sure the show comes together as he envisions it. Performers are not paid to perform at the Super Bowl…which is total BS, in my opinion…but what the hell do I know?

What songs do you hope to see The Weeknd perform tomorrow night? Let me know in the comments!

5 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows:

The NFL Super Bowl era began in 1967, with a halftime show starring the University of Arizona and Grambling University marching bands. We’ve come a long way since then. Here are my top 5 Super Bowl Halftime Show performances:

1. Prince – Super Bowl XLI, 2007

Nothing will ever beat Prince singing Purple Rain during a monsoon in Miami

2. Michael Jackson – Super Bowl XXVII, 2003

Michael Jackson just standing there doing nothing for nearly 2 minutes was better than Maroon 5…we’ll get to that.

3. Beyonce – Super Bowl XLVII, 2013

What a legend.

4. Bruno Mars ft. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Super Bowl XLVIII, 2014

Bruno is entertaining as hell. Give us new music, man!

5. Janet Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, Nelly, P Diddy, Kid Rock, and Janet Jackson’s Right Boob- Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004

Nipplegate had to be on the list…despite Kid Rock doing Kid Rock things

5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows

We’ve had some legendary performances…we’ve also had some legendarily bad performances. Here are the 5 worst halftime shows.

1. “Be Bop Bamboozled” ft. Elvis Presto, an Elvis impersonator that looks nothing like Elvis and happens to be a magician – Super Bowl XXIII , 1989

I have no words for this. 12 and a half minutes?!

2. Walt Disney’s Small World Salute, ft. A Bunch of Small Children singing “You have to be a football hero to get with the beautiful girls,” Awkward Warren Moon, George and Barbara Bush, and The New Kids on the Block – Super Bowl XXV – 1991

Everything about this was awkward

3. Maroon 5 ft. Travis Scott and Big Boi

For the record, I don’t hate Maroon 5. This just sucked. Really bad. Really REALLY bad.

3. Disney’s “Reflections of Earth and Tapestry of Nations” ft. Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton – Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000

Sorry, Disney. I love ya…but you should leave the Super Bowl and Phil Collins alone.

4. “Winter Magic” ft. Gloria Estefan, and Olympic figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill…for whatever reason. Super Bowl XXVI, 1992

Okay…this one could have gone anywhere in the bottom 3. Good lord. They lost 22 million viewers to a live episode of In Living Color.

5. The Black Eyed Peas ft. Usher and Slash. Super Bowl XLV, 2011

Fergie has started quite the list of cringe-worthy sports moments. How dare you cut Slash’s intro short.

What’s your prediction for the game? Let me know in the comments!

I got Kansas City, 33-30. Patrick Mahomes will win his second straight Super Bowl MVP and retire old-man Brady.

9 New Single Releases (1/21/21- 1/22/21)

Happy Friday, music fans. We’ve got 9 new releases to talk about, so get your coffee and your headphones ready…it’s an interesting mix. Let’s get to it!


Billie Eilish & Rosalía – Lo Vas A Olvidar

Billie Eilish en español? Si. This long-awaited collaboration is finally here, and I’m kind of digging it. Lo Vas A Olvidar translates to “Will you let it go.” The Billie and Rosalía superfans likely won’t let this one go anytime soon (see what I did there?) The song is set to be featured in an upcoming episode of the HBO series Euphoria. I’ve never seen the show, but if you watch it…listen for this tune. The song is hauntingly beautiful and their voices blend perfectly together. Billie’s Spanish is surprisingly spot-on, too. The ladies actually had a bit of help from Billie’s family with the final line:

Love cannot be measured in a steady step
One day I’m a god and the next I can break
You say it to me like it’s something I have any choice in
If I wasn’t important, then why would you waste all your poison?

This will be one for the Breakup playlists, for sure.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

What the f*** is up with their fingernails?

Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Amorphous – Sunshine (The Light)

Not gonna lie…I did not have high expectations for this one. But the story of how this track was created is great, and the song is kind of catchy.

Amorphous is the real story here. The 22-year-old DJ, Jamir Reece Davis went viral as the MC Hammer appointed “Thanksgiving DJ” with his mashup of Rihanna’s Kiss It Better, and the Luther Vandross classic Never Too Much. The mashup got picked up for Fat Joe’s newest track, and Davis got official clearance from Rhianna to use her vocals in the track. Crazy how things can turn around so fast when you put yourself out there for the world to see.

In much stranger news: Fat Joe and DJ Khaled started a joint OnlyFans profile. For only $20 a month, you can see whatever the hell that’s all about.

This track is a vibe, for sure. Makes me want to buy a silk shirt and some Cuban cigars.

Let’s get to it…but look out for the horrible acting at the beginning of the video…


Lil Huddy – 21st Century Vampire

I don’t have much to say about this one. This was the first thing I said out lout after I listened to the song:

If you like it, that’s fine. I’ll only judge you a little.


Jason Derulo – Lifestyle (featuring Adam Levine)

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one either. It’s your basic, somewhat catchy commercial pop song that will be played to death by top 40 radio stations across the country. I will say this, though…Jason Derulo is a goddamn entertainer, which is refreshing to see.


Lil Wayne – Ain’t Got Time

This one cracks me all the way up. Just two days after Trump pardoned Wayne for his crimes, he releases a song that seemingly references those exact crimes.

Full of vanilla, flyin’ over chocolate mountains
I stare at the Pacific while I’m smokin’ on a kilometer
The feds, they hot on us, one hundred on the thermometer
They raided my private plane, I went got one that’s more privater

When police searched Lil Wayne’s private plane back in December 2019, they found him to be carrying a gun and bullets. He was facing up to 10 years in prison until he was pardoned.

This track is a banger, though…despite the hilarity of the timing of its release. Check it out and let me know what you think.


Silk City – New Love (Featuring Ellie Goulding)

Welcome back, Silk City. The Diplo and Mark Ronson duo bang out a new club anthem with Ellie Goulding. This is Silk City’s first release since 2018 when they teamed up with Dua Lipa on Electricity. It’s a shame clubs aren’t open. We’ll have to wait until this virus goes away. In the meantime, put your headphones on and flick the lights on and off. Close enough, right?

Can you spot Diplo and Ronson in the video?


Busta Rhymes – Czar (Remix) featuring CJ and M.O.P.

Yes, THAT Busta Rhymes. It must be 90’s rapper week. Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God is Busta’s first album in 11 years. Busta fortifies his status amongst hip-hop royalty in this record.

So far, shawties throw they bra
And I need the lighter to light the perfect cigar
Brand new jet (Jet), brand new car (Car)
Leader of the new shit (Brra), brand new Czar (Czar)

According to the comments section on YouTube, this is exactly what hip-hop needs right now. I’ll admit…this track is FIRE. Well done, old man!

What do you think of the hip-hop legend’s newest release?


Madison Beer – Boyshit

First of all, let me say one thing about Madison Beer:

Thanks. I had to get that out of the way.

Madison’s newest song is about “knowing your worth and taking back your power” in a relationship that’s gone wrong. She says the video is “a nod to dealing with toxic masculinity.” Boyshit basically means bullshit, if I’m understanding that correctly.

Another one for the breakup playlist. Enjoy!


Weezer – All My Favorite Songs

Off of their upcoming album, Ok Human, All My Favorite Songs is one I’m sure we can all relate to at some point in our lives. It’s about how things that once gave pleasure are now depressing and everything sucks.

All my favorite songs are slow and sad
All my favorite people make me mad, so mad
Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad
All my favorite songs are slow and sad
I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

Been there, bruh.

Rivers Cuomo, Weezer frontman sounds great. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. I was a big fan of Weezer growing up. Don’t let me down, gentlemen.


That’s it for this week’s New Music Friday. I’ll be doing this every Friday, so for the newest tracks…subscribe! Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!