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Two days before the Big Game, the NFL has released Carrie Underwood’s “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight,” Super Bowl XLIX’s official theme song. Country Music Fans’ Guide to the Super Bowl Stacked high with synthesizers, power chords and banjo, “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight” is a reworked version of NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme, which Underwood began singing during the 2013 season. Previous Sunday Night Football vocalists include Faith Hill, who logged six years with the show, and Pink, who originated the theme song in 2006. Although the lyrics tend to change with each season, all versions of the theme song are based on Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ 1988 hit, “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” much in the same way that ABC’s Monday Night Football theme was based on a revised recording of Hank Williams, Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” from 1989 to 2011. Hill made several appearances at the Super Bowl between 2007 and 2012, performing the theme song before kickoff
Missy Elliott will make a “surprise appearance” during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX halftime show performance, according to The Associated Press , citing an anonymous “person familiar with the plans.” (Consider the surprise ruined.) The rapper made a cameo on a remix of Perry’s 2011 single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” though it’s unclear which track she’ll perform. The show takes place Sunday, February 1st at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Go Behind the Scenes of Katy Perry’s Mammoth Prismatic Tour Perry seemed to tease Elliott’s involvement during a news conference on Thursday, stating that the halftime show would feature an “old school” female artist. “When you hear the first ring of the chord,” Perry said, “I think jaws will drop and faces will melt.” The singer also revealed a planned appearance from singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz, whom she called “an incredible rock & roll icon, a guitar god.” When asked if the duo would perform Kravitz’ Grammy-winning cover of the Guess Who’s “American Woman,” Perry responded, “We’ll see.” In her newly revealed Billboard cover story, Perry offers a backstage close-up of her Super Bowl preparation – and the pressure that comes with such a high-profile gig. “Everyone has been asking me if I’m going to be nervous before the halftime show,” she says. “I’m like, I’m fucking human . This is the biggest event of my career.” She also mentions studying recent halftime show gigs – including Madonna in 2012 (“I like Madonna for the graphic effects she brought”) and Beyoncé the following year. “[Beyoncé] brought so much strength, so much sassiness and just the right amount of sex,” she says.
After tackling the world of music, nightclubs, basketball team ownership and athlete representation, Jay Z has now set his sights on entering the gauntlet of high-quality streaming music. The New York Times reports that Jay Z has put in a $56 million offer for Aspiro, a Swedish company that controls high-quality streaming services Wimp and Tidal. The bid already receiving preliminary approval from the Aspiro board. Mid-Year Music Update: Streaming Is King as Downloads Fade Away A spokesperson for Sean Carter Enterprises (SCE) confirmed that Project Panther Bidco, a company owned by SCE, was pursuing a possible acquisition of the Swedish music service.
With eight total nominations, including one for top prize Entertainer of the Year, Miranda Lambert leads all nominees at this year’s 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The nominations where announced Friday morning via Twitter. ACM Awards 2014’s 13 Best and Worst Moments Dierks Bentley, whose album Riser was both a commercial and critical success, follows his former touring partner Lambert with seven nominations, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist. In a twist, a tie in the latter category necessitated six — instead of the customary five — nominees. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton join Bentley in the Male Vocalist race
Since 1990 (in other words, years before any of this year’s headliners had a hit record), Country Jam USA has been one of the Midwest’s most prestigious country music festivals. This summer’s lineup for the fest, which takes place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from July 23rd—25th, includes Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe and Jerrod Niemann, with more artists to be revealed in the coming weeks. (See the current daily lineup of artists below). Watch Eric Church Cover Skynyrd at Nashville Homecoming Eau Claire’s signature summer event for country music will be preceded by Blue Ox, a brand-new bluegrass festival produced by the founders of Country Jam USA.
Jimmy Kimmel Live will shake up its regularly scheduled musical performances this February with a new series, “Mash Up Mondays,” bringing together two artists for a special one-off gig. Here’s Jimmy Kimmel “Mash Up Mondays” kicks off February 2nd with Weezer and ZZ Top — or as host Jimmy Kimmel re-dubbed them in a press release, “Wee-Z Top” — and continues February 9th with Haim and funk legends Morris Day and the Time (a.k.a. “Morris Day and the Haim”).
There’s somethin’ ’bout a truck… with a Billy goat in the back? So thinks Kip Moore, anyway, who played an epic prank on tourmate Dierks Bentley as retaliation for forcing him, along with fellow opening acts Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith, to take a chilly polar plunge in Nashville’s Percy Priest Lake. Watch Dierks Bentley Take a Polar Plunge In a video that captured it all, premiering exclusively on Rolling Stone Country , watch as Moore has his team cover Bentley’s beloved “Big White” truck in graffiti and fill it with foam peanuts — also loading the bed with hay and a live goat (complete with unintentional goat droppings). Moore was nice enough to plastic-wrap the whole vehicle first, so the paint is temporary. That animal stench, however, may be a little harder to clean.
Tim McGraw has some big shoes to fill on February 22nd. The country superstar has been tapped to perform Glen Campbell’s Oscar-nominated “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” at the 87th annual Academy Awards. Hear the Oscar Nominees for Best Song Campbell, a nominee for Best Original Song, is unable to attend the Oscars, as his Alzheimer’s disease continues to progress. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is the final song of the legendary entertainer’s 60-year career, written and recorded for his 2014 documentary , Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me , which just recently received a Critics’ Choice nomination.
Justin Bieber came clean about the bad behavior that’s marred his recent career in a video posted to Facebook following an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited, or basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half,” Bieber confessed in the clip. “I’m not who I was pretending to be.” Justin Bieber’s Wild Decline: A Timeline As the pop star pointed out, his brief interview on Ellen marked his first official TV appearance in a long time, and he admitted on Facebook he was feeling “really nervous” about how he would be perceived. “[O]ften we pretend to be something we’re not as a cover up of what we’re truly feeling inside,” Bieber continued
If you want to “Party Like It’s 1989″ to “This Sick Beat,” you better ask Taylor Swift’s permission first. The pop star has trademarked those phrases – along with “‘Cause We Never Go Out of Style,” “Could Show You Incredible Things” and “Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?” – with the U.S. government, according to the legal database Justia (via Vox). 2014: The Year in Taylor Swift The filings prohibit the use of those phrases, which all cull from her 2014 album 1989 , from appearing with a license on everything from guitar straps and other accessories to removable tattoos