Coldplay to headline 2016 Super Bowl halftime

It’s official: Coldplay has announced that they will be headlining next year’s Super Bowl Halftime.

This will be Super Bowl’s 50th year, to be held at Santa Clara, California.

According to Consequence of Sound, the group will be the first rock band to headline the event since The Who in 2010.

In a promotional video, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin said that the band is excited to take part in the event.

“We are so excited and honoured and thrilled to be playing the half-time show. It’s going to be wonderful and I hope we see you there,” he said. “I’m really, really nervous. This is the greatest moment in our band’s life. We are going to give it everything we have.”

The British rock band, which has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, will be reportedly performing alongside Bruno Mars and Beyonce, who appears on Coldplay’s song “Hymn for the Weekend.”

The announcement received a number of negative reactions from Super Bowl fans. Some of them took to Twitter to express disappointment: “Coldplay playing the Super Bowl halftime show in the Bay Area is = to McDonalds being the main course at your wedding. Good job, Goddell,” said user Dimitri Magganas.

“The world powers decided we all need a designated 20-minute nap time so they asked Coldplay to do the Super Bowl halftime show. zzzzzzzz,” said user Matthew Leimkuehler.

According to reports, it’s likely that the band will sell their North American tour tickets after the halftime show–a move that’s been done by other halftime artists in the past.

The Super Bowl will happen on February 7, 2015.

Kim and Kanye made rapper Saint West retire

Canadian rapper Saint West has officially announced his retirement following the birth of the second child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Lindon McIntyre said that he has retired after hearing news that they gave their baby the same name as his rapper name.

The Wests announced that their son Saint was born on December 5th.

McIntyre, who is from Vancouver, released a video statement saying: “Hi, I’m Lindon, also known as Saint West. I’d like to announce my official retirement from hip-hop.”

“Congratulations Kanye and Kim, thank you for choosing such a beautiful name. Saint West, may God smile on you. I’ll always be cheering for you. And try to avoid becoming a rapper,” he added.

McIntyre is now going by his government name, said TMZ, which made the announcement.

Kim and Kanye now have two children: Saint, and his older sister North West, who was born in 2013.

Before Saint was born, Kim was asked about possible baby names. She said“I don’t like South West… North will always, you know, be better and be more… she has a better direction.”

Radiohead reveals unused James Bond theme song

Radiohead has recently shared their rejected James Bond theme song to the public.

The English band was asked to record a song for “Spectre,” the latest installment in the James Bond Series. Frontman Thom Yorke, however, revealed that the song did not work out.

The song that was chosen for the movie was Sam Smith’s “Writing on the Wall,” which got mixed reviews.

The song, which was released for fans on Christmas day, is now on SoundCloud, which means that listeners are free to stream and download.

“Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you,” Yorke said on Twitter.

“Spectre” continues to play in some theaters this Christmas weekend.

Meanwhile, Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood revealed in October that the band is hoping to tour their new album in 2016.

“Lots has been recorded,” he tweeted, adding that the band is “about to go through it all to see if it’s any good.”

“We HOPE to tour next year,” he added.

Kesha lawsuit: Lady Gaga continues to show support

Lady Gaga continues to speak out about Kesha and her current battle against her alleged rapist Dr. Luke.

In an interview with Carson Daly on AMP Radio 97.1, Gaga said that people should be aware that there is so much more than what meets the eye in a case like Kesha’s.

She added: “I feel like she’s being publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men.”

Gaga revealed in the same interview that she talks to the 28-year-old “Tik Tok” singer, whose real name is every day, saying that she is friends with her personally. “…What I’m watching her go through is not only something I’ve been through but something that’s really devastating to witness,” she said.

“Somebody that has such a beautiful light within them, so much talent to give — just to see that light burn out because they feel that no one’s listening to them, I feel that it’s my responsibility to stand up for her when there’s a lot of people that are not listening to her plea for love, for people to have compassion and empathy.”

Kesha’s legal battle with Dr. Luke continues. Last month, a Manhattan judge ruled that she must continue with her six-album deal with Sony, and keep working with the alleged rapist.

Dr. Luke continues to deny all allegations, saying that Kesha is doing all of this for money. He was never criminally charged.

“Dr. Luke has been tyrannical and abusive since our relationship began,” said Kesha in an August 2015 affidavit. “I specifically remember him telling me that if I ever tried to get away from him for any reason that he would tie me up in litigation until my career was over,” she added.

Grammys 2016: Winners and Highlights

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, has recently been concluded. Some of this year’s biggest winners include:

  • Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989
  • Song of the Year: Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge
  • Record of the Yea: Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
  • Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
  • Best Rap Album: To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
  • Best Music Video: Bad Blood, Taylor Swift
  • Best Rock Album : Drones, Muse
  • Best Dance Recording: Where are U Now, Justin Bieber and Jack U

Taylor Swift, who took home the grammy for Album of the Year (1989) performed her latest single “Out of the Woods.” In her speech, she said: “As the first woman to win album of the year twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undermine your success or who will try to take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”

“But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you … someday when you get where you are going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world,” she added.

A lot of people believe that Swift’s speech was partly for Kanye West, who said in his recently-released song that Swift helped him made famous.

Kendrick Lamar delivered a powerful performance giving a strong statement on the African-American struggle. Performing “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry,” he and his band made use of props like jail cells, a giant bonfire, and concluded the performance with the word “Compton” over an image of Africa.

Fresh out of her well-received Superbowl national anthem performance,  Lady Gaga did a wonderful David Bowie tribute performance, singing a number of the late artist’s songs (like “Space Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” and “Changes”) in a medley that lasted six and a half minutes.