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Here’s Why Fans Think Taylor Swift Will Be the Next Super Bowl Halftime Show Performer

Here Are 9 Artists Britney Spears Has Covered

Taylor SwiftHere’s Why Fans Think Taylor Swift Will Be the Next Super Bowl Halftime Show Performer

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Swifties are certain that Taylor Swift is planning on staging an epic live television stadium concert event next February in Glendale, Ariz. — at which some football will also be played.

Following Apple Music’s Sept. 23 announcement that the streaming service would be taking over Pepsi’s decade-long role as sponsor of the annual Super Bowl Halftime Show, fans were quick to pick up on a couple clues that seemed to hint that a certain blonde pop star would soon be crowned as the show’s next headlining performer.

It wasn’t Apple’s announcement itself, per se, that sent Swifties spiraling over the idea of the “All Too Well” singer taking the Super Bowl LVII stage in February 2023. Rather, it was the precise timing of the announcement: 12 a.m., to be exact.

Why is that important? Swift is currently gearing up to release her 10th studio album, titled — that’s right — Midnights.

And ever since the 11-time Grammy winner announced Midnights at this year’s VMAs, she’s made every one of her important followup announcements regarding the album — be it the cover reveal, special edition vinyls or single track titles — at exactly midnight ET on different days over the past few weeks.

Now, if you think that that’s too small a detail to convince an entire fanbase that their favorite artist is confirmed to be doing something so major, then you clearly aren’t too familiar with Swifties — or Swift. She’s developed quite the reputation over the years for leaving an elaborate trail of minuscule Easter eggs for fans to decipher, hinting at whatever projects she has in the works.

If that’s still not enough to go on, though, some fans also pointed out something else worth considering: Swift has had partnerships in the past not only with Apple Music, but also Coca-Cola. With Pepsi stepping down as the Halftime Show sponsor, the “Willow” singer may have been freed from legal terms that previously restricted her from performing in a concert sponsored by Coca-Cola’s rival.

“Finally not blocked by her coca cola duties…,” one fan speculated on Twitter. “Swifties start a campaign for taylor QUICKLY.”

“The perhaps unspoken but major piece of this story is that for the first time in her career, Taylor Swift now has a path to headlining the Super Bowl halftime show,” noted another user on a post confirming Pepsi had ended its Super Bowl partnership.

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Here Are 9 Artists Britney Spears Has Covered

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In August, Britney Spears teamed up with Elton John for her official return to music since 2016’s Glory and the end of her 13-year conservatorship. The dance-infused “Hold Me Closer” is a sparkling, fresh mashup of John’s “The One” and, of course, “Tiny Dancer.”

Leading up to the song’s release, Spears took to Instagram to thank John, whom she deeply admires, for asking her to collaborate on the song. “Thank you for your generosity and just thinking of me to join you on such a brilliant song !!!” she wrote on Instagram. “How cool is it to be a background voice ON YOUR song !!! Sir Elton I did it thanks to your genius, creative, and legendary mind !!! I am so grateful !!!”

“Hold Me Closer” went on to peak at No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, and debuted atop the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Sept. 10). “Closer” collected an impressive 20.9 million in radio airplay audience, 11.1 million official streams and 48,000 sold in the U.S. in its first week (Aug. 26-Sept. 1), according to Luminate.

But “Hold Me Closer” is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Spears’ paying tribute to other artists that she loves through music. She’s performed and recorded covers of songs from Sonny & Cher’s “The Beat Goes On” and The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to Madonna’s “Material Girl.”

We’ve compiled nine of our favorite artists that Britney Spears’ has covered throughout her decades long career. Check out our list below.

Sonny & Cher
The Rolling Stones
Bobby Brown
Joan Jett
Madonna
Janet Jackson
Queen
Alanis Morissette
Journey

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