Coldplay is the First Artist Announced For the Super Bowl Halftime Show

At this point, it isn't clear if the Super Bowl Halftime show will revolve around one artist with special guests or will return to the years of one song performances from a variety of artists but we do know that Coldplay will be an integral part of the festivities.

The group will perform at the big game on Sunday, February 7.

This announcement is just the beginning. Coldplay front man Chris Martin is designing a show that will echo elements of the NFL's On the Fifty campaign – honoring the past, recognizing the present and looking ahead to the next 50 years, including other special artists. For the first-time ever, Pepsi will give fans behind-the-scenes access to how this monumental show will come together at Pepsi.com.

Beginning January 11, a digital mini-series, Pepsi Presents: The Super Bowl Halftime Show Show will launch on Pepsi.com offering fans an exclusive, all-access view of what it takes to create the biggest music event of the year in the middle of the biggest sports event of the year, Super Bowl 50.

Coldplay joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

Coldplay is one of the world's most popular acts, selling more than 80 million copies of their six number 1 albums and garnering eight BRITs. The band's most recent world tour, 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto, was seen by more than three million people in five continents.

The band today release their highly anticipated seventh album, A Head Full Of Dreams.

The Super Bowl Half Time shows over the years:

  • I - Universities of Arizona and Michigan Bands
  • II - Grambling University
  • III - "America Thanks" with Florida A&M University
  • IV - Carol Channing
  • V - Florida A&M Band
  • VI - "Salute to Louis Armstrong" with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team
  • VII - "Happiness Is..." with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman
  • VIII - "A Musical America" with University of Texas Band
  • IX - "Tribute to Duke Ellington" with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands
  • X - "200 Years and Just a Baby" Tribute to America's Bicentennial
  • XI - "It's a Small World" including crowd participation for first time with spectators waving colored placards on cue
  • XII - "From Paris to the Paris of America" with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
  • XIII - "Super Bowl XIII Carnival" Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands
  • XIV - "A Salute to the Big Band Era" with Up with People
  • XV - "A Mardi Gras Festival"
  • XVI - "A Salute to the 60's and Motown"
  • XVII - "KaleidoSUPERscope" (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
  • XVIII - "Super Bowl XVIII's Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen"
  • XIX - "A World of Children's Dreams"
  • XX - "Beat of the Future"
  • XXI - "Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary"
  • XXII - "Something Grand" featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
  • XXIII - "Be Bop Bamboozled" featuring 3-D effects
  • XXIV - "Salute to New Orleans" and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts' characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw & Irma Thomas
  • XXV - "A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl" featuring New Kids on the Block
  • XXVI - "Winter Magic" including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
  • XXVII - "Heal the World" featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children; finale included audience card stunt
  • XXVIII - "Rockin Country Sunday" featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna & Naomi Judd; finale included flashlight stunt
  • XXIX - "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers; finale included audience participation with light sticks
  • XXX - Diana Ross celebrating 30 years of the Super Bowl with special effects, pyrotechnics and stadium card stunt; finale featured Diana Ross being taken from the stadium in a helicopter.
  • XXXI - "Blues Brothers Bash" featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi, also featuring "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown and ZZ Top
  • XXXII - "A Tribute to Motown's 40th Anniversary" including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
  • XXXIII - "Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing" featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover
  • XXXIV - "A Tapestry of Nations" featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir
  • XXXV - "The Kings of Rock and Pop" featuring Aerosmith, *N'SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
  • XXXVI - U2
  • XXXVII - Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
  • XXXVIII - Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
  • XXXIX - Paul McCartney
  • XL - The Rolling Stones
  • XLI - Prince
  • XLII - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • XLIII - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  • XLIV - The Who
  • XLV - The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
  • XLVI - Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
  • XLVII - BeyoncĂ© with guests Destiny's Child
  • XLVIII - Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • XLIX - Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz


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