Since Janet Jackson turned the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show into a peep show, the NFL has been famously conservative when hiring musical entertainment. For the following six years, the Super Bowl played it safe with so-called "heritage acts": Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and the Who. That's a lot of dudes over 50 -- no women, no dancing, no risks. Last year the NFL ventured back into pop music with the Black Eyed Peas, and their multimedia spectacle mostly fizzled. But according to SBNation, they're willing to give it another go for Super Bowl XLVI with the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna.
Sources tell SBNation Madonna will finally play the Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5th after a series of previous misfires -- she was rumored to be the halftime entertainment for both Super Bowl XXXIII and XXXV, but the deals never materialized. The booking makes perfect sense since the Super Bowl audience is the largest on television and Madonna's recent Sticky & Sweet Tour was the highest-grossing trek in history for a solo act. She's over 50, which seems to be a requirement (we can't see the NFL taking a risk with a young pop sensation like Lady Gaga at this point). Madonna is also in the studio finishing sessions for the follow-up to 2008's Hard Candy, due spring 2012, and has said a single will arrive in February. Also: She's Madonna.
A spokesperson for the NFL declined to comment for SBNation's story and The Amp is awaiting a response from Madonna's publicist. In the meantime, we're plotting out a possible set list -- hopefully Madonna would skip a dreadful medley in favor of playing three or four of her biggest hits along with her new single. This could be seriously awesome -- hopefully nobody derails this possible development with a mega-size delivery of hydrangeas or something!
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- Bruce Springsteen