Justin Timberlake will headline this year’s Super Bowl half-time show, marking the singer’s second time playing the prestigious slot.
Reports circulated beforehand that Timberlake’s show would feature a hologram of Prince, who famously played the Super Bowl in 2007.
However, a quick backlash ensued, many fans expressing dismay that the deceased singer and guitarist’s image would be used.
as Prince’s drummer on multiple occasions. “Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me,” she wrote. “Not cool if this happens!”
Following that Tweet, the musician apparently spoke to Timberlake, who clarified that the Prince hologram would not be used during the half-time show.
“Family, I spoke with Justin tonight and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince and the Purple fans,” she wrote. “I look forward to seeing what I’m sure is going to be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram.”
NME noted an interview with Prince from 1998, in which the singer called performing with a hologram “the most demonic thing imaginable,” adding: “If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon.
“Also, what they did with that Beatles song [“Free As a Bird”], manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave… that’ll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
During his lifetime, Prince was particularly controlling over where his music appeared digitally, for many years having no songs on streaming services, and nothing on YouTube.
Meanwhile, Janet Jackson has confirmed she will not perform the SuperBowl with Timberlake, despite rumours they may return together (despite an infamous exposing incident).
Will Smith selects Andy Mineo & Lecrae track “Coming In Hot” for his first TikTok Video
After racking up 38.2 million followers on Instagram, Will Smith is the latest celebrity content creator to begin posting on TikTok. In his first post on Wednesday night, special effects wizard and video content creator, Caleb Natale is seen scrolling through photos of Smith in his phone while Andy Mineo and Lecrae‘s “Coming In Hot,” plays in the background. Suddenly Smith is plucked from the screen and into reality. Dazed and confused, he glances around stating, “I guess I’m on TikTok now. That was weird.“
The song, Smith selected to mark his TikTok entry “Coming In Hot” by Andy Mineo and Lecrae has reached over 12 million streams on Spotify since its release in July. The video released on September 13th has nearly 400,000 views! The Reach Records’ track for both artists has been featured extensively in multiple Stephen Curry, FOX, and ESPN sport campaigns, and commercials. If you visit TikTok, you’ll see it trending as well! Smith, a relative newcomer to the platform has already racked up over 720,000 fans on the site since his page was posted on October 2nd.
The “Coming In Hot” music video is directed by Antonio Santos and features Lecrae and Andy Mineo disguised as police officers speeding thru Los Angeles to rescue NBC’s “World of Dance” group Kinjaz.
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