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Super Bowl Halftime Show Is Finally Official – Maroon 5, Travis Scott & Big Boi              

Although it’s been rumored for months, the NFL has finally confirmed Maroon 5 will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII halftime show, featuring special guests Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi, who is from Atlanta, where the Super Bowl is being held. 

Before the official announcement Billboard reported Travis only agreed to perform after the NFL made a $500,000 donation to an organization fighting for social justice. Travis later revealed the NFL would be making a donation to Dream Corps, an organization working on things like reducing jail populations and creating career opportunities for communities. 

“I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in," Scott said in a statement. "I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”

Many believe the donation was in response to the backlash Travis received for agreeing to participate in light of the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem.Superbowl LIII is set for Sunday, February 3rd at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Britney Spears Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Debut Album              

Want to feel old? Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Britney Spears’ debut album “…Baby One More Time.” And it sounds like Brit is just as shocked as everyone else that it’s been that long.

“Can you believe that this album was released 20 years ago today??!! I can’t,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s definitely been the journey of a lifetime, full of ups and downs, but I’m grateful for every single moment of it all. Getting to know you all over the years has been such an incredible experience, and has made this all worth it.”

Britney, who just postponed her Las Vegas residency to care for her ailing dad, added, “Thank you for your support from 20 years ago, all the way to today. I am blessed #20yearsofbritney.”

Maroon 5 Was The Most Heard Act On The Radio Last Year              

Maroon 5 certainly got a lot of radio airplay in 2018. According to Nielsen, the band was the most played act on the radio last year with 8.58 billion audience impressions across radio stations, from 1.95 million plays of their tunes.

Coming in just behind Maroon 5 is Drake, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Ed Sheeran.

Meanwhile, Sheeran’s “Perfect” was the most heard song on radio, with 3.99 billion audience impressions, the second year in a row he’s had the most heard song on the radio. In 2017, his hit “Shape of You” was the most heard song.

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