You don’t need to know a touchdown by a tight end to tune in to Super Bowl LVII pitting the Kansas City Chiefs against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. The, much-anticipated movie trailers and star-studded halftime shows also draw crowds. This year’s halftime show is especially exciting for many because it features Rihanna, an iconic artist who hasn’t released a new album in a while. Here’s the low point.
Here’s a little bit about Rihanna
is one of those music artists who doesn’t need a last name. (It’s Fenty, though. She uses the name for her makeup and lingerie business.) She’ll take center stage at the halftime show, and as far as we know, she’s doing it solo, unlike last year when everyone shared the limelight. (Of course, there’s always the possibility of a celebrity showing up.)
Don’t know Rihanna? She is a pop, fashion and music icon, billionaire businesswoman and actress who has appeared in films and television shows. (Kids loved her as the voice of Tip in the 2015 DreamWorks film Home.) She’s won nine Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold 250 million records worldwide.
Take it from Jay-Z, who signed the singer to Def Jam Records in 2004 and now owns Roc Nation, her management company and the official entertainment partner of the NFL.
“Rihanna is a once-in-a-generation talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn,” he said when Rihanna’s Super Bowl performance was announced.
How to watch the halftime show
Super Bowl LVII is set for February 12 with kickoff at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game will be televised on Fox. If you’re only looking to tune in for the halftime show, you probably won’t have to pay attention until around 7:30-8pm ET – the first two quarters of the game will likely be 40 minutes each, with commercials and play all stops included . Call at 7:30pm to be sure. Although, if you miss something, the NFL usually posts online video of the entire halftime show pretty quickly.
If you include Fox in your regular lineup of TV channels, you’re good to go. If you can’t get Fox right now, you can add, , or Sling TV to get the channel and watch the game live.
Want to stream the game live on a mobile app? NFL Plus subscribers can do so on the NFL mobile app, and Fox subscribers can watch it on the Fox Sports app.
What to expect from the halftime show
A voiceover for the Super Bowl halftime show teaser reminds viewers that Rihanna hasn’t released a new album since Anti in 2016. That certainly suggests a new album announcement, but not so soon. Variety reported that Rihanna said in November, “That’s not true. The Super Bowl is one thing. New music is another thing. Do you hear that, fans?’
New album or no new album, Rihanna knows how to put on a show and the advantage of not having to split the show between five different musicians means it will be like a shortened concert.
And Rihanna fans are ready. Although she hasn’t released a new album since 2016, she has two songs – Lift Me Up and Born Again –.
This is the first year Apple Music has sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show, replacing Pepsi. We’ll have to wait and see if Apple Music offers any technical gems or extras related to the show.
Correction, 2 Feb: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Rihanna hasn’t released new music since her 2016 album. Since then, she hasn’t released a new album, but she has released new music.
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