Diplo tapped to curate music for Monday Night Football on ESPN

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Ah, another week, another episode of Random White Dude Be Everywhere. In this week’s edition, find Diplo in his latest curatorial role, this time linking with ESPN to soundtrack their “Ready For Football” campaign for Monday Night Football.

For his first selection, Diplo is featuring “Ruckus” by Konata Small for this week’s Monday Night Football game—an NFC West showdown between the white-hot San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. According to Diplo, the track captures the intensity expected to fuel the highly anticipated MNF shootout.

ESPN’s VP of Marketing, Emeka Ofodile, explains the move behind bringing the California producer aboard the Monday Night Football team, saying,

“Diplo is a force to be reckoned with and we knew he’d bring great energy to our “Ready For Football” campaign. He also happens to be a big sports fan and we’re looking forward to building something really special around the NFL on ESPN.”

A proud Philadelphia sports supporter, the Higher Ground head honcho’s involvement with the NFL isn’t all too surprising. Between meddling in hip-hop, country music, house music, pop, scripted TV, pro soccer, and now pro football all at once, you’d be hard pressed to find someone contributing more to the current cultural zeitgeist than Diplo.

Jennifer Lopez & Shakira To Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Super Bowl LIV Halftime ShowAs an actress, Jennifer Lopez is enjoying the best reviews of her career and even garnering Oscar buzz for her role in Hustlers. As a singer, she’ll soon be enjoying the biggest moment of her career as well — smack in the middle of awards season, no less. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirms that … More »

NFL Names Meek Mill, Rapsody, & Meghan Trainor “Inspire Change Advocates”

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Jay-Z & Meek MillEveryone has an opinion on the NFL’s new partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. It seems Meek Mill is a fan because he’s agreed to be an official ambassador for the league’s social justice initiative along with Rapsody and, uh, Meghan Trainor. More »

Jay-Z partners with NFL as its live music entertainment strategist

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The NFL and Jay-Z have entered into a partnership that will place the high-profile hip-hop artist in a position of considerable influence: live music entertainment strategist. As a part of his new role, Jay-Z will consult with the NFL on the selection of Super Bowl halftime talent. He will also help the NFL orchestrate other music driven events affiliated with the league, while assisting with the NFL’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.

The development represents a shift in the mogul’s contentious relationship with the NFL. Jay-Z flipped the NFL a lyrical middle finger in his 2018 single, “APESHIT,” rapping, “I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you.” The diss came after Jay-Z declined the league’s offer to perform at the 2018 Super Bowl in a demonstration of his solidarity with prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Rihanna notably rescinded the Super Bowl’s 2018 bid for the same reason.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in protest against police brutality in 2016. Jay-Z had sought to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition and notably dedicated a song to Kaepernick during his 2017 performance at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. The rapper was also said to have been vocal in his attempts to dissuade fellow hip-hop entity, Travis Scott, from performing at the Super Bowl after the league approached Scott with an offer to appear at the 2018 iteration alongside Maroon 5.

“The NFL has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive,” Jay-Z said in an interview at Roc Nation in Manhattan. “They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, [so] that we can do some good.”

“We don’t want people to come in and necessarily agree with us,” Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, said in an interview on Aug. 12. “I think that’s a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally.”

H/T: The New York Times

NFL Hires Jay-Z To Consult On Live Music & Social Justice

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Jay-ZThe National Football League has an image problem. It is hoping Jay-Z can help solve that problem. More »

Travis Scott, Big Boi to perform alongside Maroon 5 at 2019 Super Bowl

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Travis Scott, Big Boi to perform alongside Maroon 5 at 2019 Super BowlTravis Scott Live 2

It’s official: Travis Scott will be in “Super Bowl” Mode for Super Bowl LIII. After flirting with the possibility of a Travis Scott guest performance for several months, Super Bowl halftime show organizers have now confirmed that the Astroworld album-maker will appear alongside previously announced halftime headliner, Maroon 5. Fellow rapper Big Boi is also slated to join Scott and Maroon 5.

Scott’s Super Bowl booking comes after philanthropic collaboration between Scott and the NFL, who will collectively donate $500,000 to “social justice accelerator,” Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement that followed formal announcement of his entertainment confirmation. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change,” Scott added.

A source close to the “Sicko Mode” artist told Billboard that Scott’s participation in the halftime show was contingent upon the NFL’s agreement to contribute a donation to Dream Corps. Many artists rejected the NFL’s Super Bowl 2019 halftime show bids, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Adele, and Cardi B, each of whom reportedly rejected the entertainment offer to show solidarity to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Storied and dedicated in his efforts to to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition, JAY-Z supposedly attempted to dissuade Scott from accepting a halftime slot at Super Bowl 2019 prior to Scott’s confirmation.

Photo credit: ABC News

H/T: Noisey

Jay-Z reportedly trying to persuade Travis Scott to withdraw from 2019 Super Bowl halftime show

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Jay-Z reportedly trying to persuade Travis Scott to withdraw from 2019 Super Bowl halftime showTravis Scott Live 2

Jay-Z is reportedly trying to persuade Travis Scott to withdraw from 2019’s Super Bowl halftime show, where Scott is to appear alongside Maroon 5 as a special guest. Maroon 5 secured the entertaining bid for event, hosted at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3. Both Jay-Z and Rihanna refused offers to play the halftime show, to show “solidarity” to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Jay-Z has sought to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition and notably dedicated a song to Kaepernick during his 2017 performance at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. Prior to his appearance at the New York festival, Jay-Z attended the Trayvon Martin Peace Walk in Miami in February 2018. The rapper additionally announced his support of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to improve police-community relations in 2015.

Jay-Z is now said to be actively “attempting to talk Scott out of performing” at the Super Bowl. Both of the Carters were spotted at Scott’s December 19 show in Los Angeles. Jay-Z, however, is not the sole hip-hop artist voicing opposition to Scott’s Super Bowl guest slot — Meek Mill took to Twitter on December 20, writing that Scott “don’t need that [the halftime billing] he on fire already!” Meek urged Travis to “stay strong in this sh*t.”

H/T: NME

The Chainsmokers rock Monday Night Football halftime show, performing ‘This Feeling’ with Kelsea Ballerini

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The Chainsmokers rock Monday Night Football halftime show, performing ‘This Feeling’ with Kelsea BalleriniMgid Ao Image Mtv

In the midst of a historic Monday night NFL game between the two best teams in football, the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, The Chainsmokers rocked the halftime stage with vocalist, Kelsea Ballerini, to perform “This Feeling” off their new album, Sick Boy…Beach House.

Ballerini took center stage, while Andrew Taggart slowly made his way in with an acoustic guitar and his verse. The two vocalists combined their voices in a folksy harmony for the chorus, as Alex Pall and his synths jumped in for the second half of the hook.  Pall plays the part of DJ in the background, repping Rams quarterback Jared Goff’s jersey. Matt McGuire is opposite Pall on the drums.

With all the glitz and glam, The Chainsmokers showcased their ability to rock one of the biggest stages on TV. The timed fireworks certainly helped.

Chainsmokers to Play Halftime Show at Chiefs/Rams Game Tonight

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The Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini are set to perform their hit song ‘This Feeling’, during tonight’s Monday Night Football Halftime Show, as the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs take on the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams in what is being called a potential “Super Bowl Preview”. With their massive worldwide fan base, The Chainsmokers were rumored to

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Rihanna declines Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick

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Rihanna is reportedly the latest artist to turn down an offer to perform at the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show in support of former star quarterback turned-civil rights champion Colin Kaepernick. According to a source, the NFL badly wanted the Barbadian hitmaker to perform at next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. The singer declined to perform as a show of support for Kaepernick’s stance on the ongoing national anthem kneeling controversy. Taking Rihanna’s place will be radio rock kings Maroon 5.

The Super Bowl has been the place of some of the most legendary musical performances from icons including Michael Jackson, U2, and Prince. Rihanna now joins JAY-Z as the second artist in as many years to deny a chance to perform at the big game, which is well known to send catalogue streams and sales skyrocketing. Football in America has grown more politically and socially charged than ever before, and it’s reasonable to assume the music world will see more hardline stances about the once-coveted halftime spot.

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