BEYONCÉ - “NEW” MUSIC
UNDATED (AP) — There’s no more juice in Beyoncé’s lemonade jar: The singer did not release new music though two albums featuring old Beyoncé songs hit streaming services yesterday.
Under the name Queen Carter, the albums “Have Your Way” and “Back Up, Rewind” appeared on Spotify and Apple Music, featuring demos, previously released songs and unreleased tracks by Beyoncé. Hours later, they were removed.
The 10-track “Have Your Way” included songs like “After All Is Said and Done,” Beyoncé‘s duet with Marc Nelson from the “Best Man” soundtrack, released in 1999; “Hollywood,” a song with Jay-Z from his 2006 album, “Kingdom Come”; and “Hey Goldmember” from the soundtrack for 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” which starred Beyoncé. It also featured “Crazy Feelings,” the singer’s collaboration with Missy Elliott from the rapper’s sophomore album, 1999′s “Da Real World”; and “Fever,” a cover of the ’50′s hit used in an ad for Beyoncé’s perfume and for the soundtrack for “The Fighting Temptations,” another film Beyoncé appeared in.
“Back Up, Rewind,” featured 11 tracks including “Keep Giving Your Love to Me,” from the “Bad Boys II” soundtrack, released in 2003, and “What It’s Gonna Be,” a Beyoncé bonus track from 2003.
Representatives for Beyoncé, Apple Music and Spotify didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment.
SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Travis Scott is in talks to perform at the Super Bowl halftime in Atlanta, The Associated Press has learned.
A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak about the topic publicly, told The AP that Scott is close to signing on to perform at Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The person confirmed that Scott will headline Pepsi’s pre-Super Bowl concert on Feb. 1 in Atlanta, two days before the Super Bowl.
Maroon 5 has been rumored to headline the halftime show, though their representatives or the NFL have not officially confirmed the news.
SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW - CONTROVERSY
NEW YORK (AP) — Controversy has surrounded the halftime show since NFL player Colin Kaepernick said he would not stand for the national anthem in protest of racial discrimination against blacks in the United States two years ago.
The uproar over the protest prompted constant criticism of players by President Donald Trump and his administration. Some fans have said they wouldn’t watch games because of the silent demonstrations. And the NFL itself drew fire over the way it tried to rein-in the protests during the offseason.
As a result of all of this, some musicians have reconsidered performing at the Super Bowl. Rihanna and Jay-Z were among the stars who reportedly said no to performing at halftime show.