Sheila E., acclaimed musician, as well as very close friend and collaborator to Prince, is speaking out following reports that Justin Timberlake will have the late singer appear in hologram form during his Super Bowl Halftime Show. “Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram me,” she wrote on Twitter. “Not cool if this happens!”
As it turns out, Prince actually went on record about his opposition to holograms, or at least similar technology. Fader has pointed to a Guitar World interview in which the legendary entertainer in which he’s asked, “With digital editing, it is now possible to create a situation where you could jam with any artist from the past. Would you ever consider doing something like that?”
“Certainly not.,” he responded. “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. 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 thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
There has not been ficial confirmation that Prince will appear as a hologram at the Halftime Show. The news broke in a report from TMZ early Saturday morning. The tribute to Prince would likely be happening due to the Super Bowl being hosted in the late musician’s hometown Minneapolis. In a press conference earlier this week, Timberlake spoke Prince’s influence. “In my opinion, the greatest all-around musician in popular culture,” he said. “The time I got to spend around him, with him, talking about music. Those are memories that I’ll take with me forever.”
Janet Jackson has confirmed that she will not be participating in Sunday’s Super Bowl Halftime performance. Speaking to TMZ, the legendary singer debunked speculation that she would be reuniting with Justin Timberlake on the Super Bowl stage. “To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow: I will not,” she said. “Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
The 2004 Halftime Show in which Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed together ended in controversy. At the end their performance, Timberlake ripped f a portion Janet’s dress to reveal her breast, inspiring backlash and a conversation about censorship that was later deemed Nipplegate. Janet’s career was negatively affected by the event, while Timberlake went on to more success. Many feel that Timberlake let Jackson take the fall for the controversy.
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Timberlake was asked about his take on the event in an interview with Zane Lowe earlier this year. “I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, ‘Ok, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it,’” he said. He added that he and Jackson had made amends over the incident in private. “I don’t know that a lot people know that,” he explained. “I mean, I don’t think it’s my job to do that. Because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
Over the course Saturday, Timberlake has been criticized over a report that he would welcome a hologram version the late Prince to the stage. According to those close to the singer, as well as through his own words, a posthumous hologram is something he would have approved .
The Super Bowl airs Sunday night at 6:30 PM EST.
Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, going to a buddies place for the big game, or simply watching the game by yourself you’ll need to know a few things. For instance, what time the game starts, what channel it’s on etc.
The following will tell you everything you need to know.
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The game will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, February 4th. Kickf is scheduled for 6:30pm ET, airing on NBC. The spread is subject to vary slightly over the course the next two weeks, but as now the Patriots are favored by 4.5 points over the Eagles. The over/under point total is currently set at 48 points.
Pink, a noted Eagles fan, has been tapped for the national anthem and Justin Timberlake has been named this year’s halftime performer. It’ll be Timberlake’s first Super Bowl appearance since the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction during halftime the 2004 Super Bowl. Ironically, the two teams that played in that game were the Patriots and Eagles, and that was the last time Philly made it to the big game.
It’ll be Tom Brady, the #1 passer in the NFL, against Nick Foles, the Eagles backup QB. David vs Goliath. The underdog role has suited Philly quite well over the last two games against Atlanta and Minnesota, but the Patriots are a whole different beast.
The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl in franchise history, whereas Brady and Bill Belichick will be looking for their sixth Super Bowl title together, and their second back-to-back.