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Report: Madonna to play Super Bowl XLVI halftime show?


(Kevin Mazur/

It’s a good thing no NFL team has hydrangeas as a mascot.

The sports website SB Nation is reporting that Madonna will take to the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to perform during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

The NFL is not commenting, and when reached by EW, Madonna’s rep says there’s “nothing to confirm at this point” – which is about as soft a “no comment” as one gets.

So is it possible? Last month, Ms. Ciccone told reporters while promoting her film W.E. that she’s been recording a new album with producers William Orbit (who helmed her 1998 album Ray of Light) and French DJ Martin Solveig (of the inescapable “Hello”).

The aim was to release a new single in the winter, with the album out Spring, 2012. And you know what’s an excellent way to immediately inject yourself back into the zeitgeist to promote your first album in over three years? Performing for the biggest television audiences in the country.

But is it a good idea?

It certainly would be in keeping with Super Bowl halftime tradition of the past few years, which featured the likes of The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, and the Rolling Stones – iconic artists still beloved, but also well past their prime chart-topping days. (We’ll just agree to forget the Black Eyed Peas TRON-ification of the Super Bowl XLV halftime.)

The common thread with all those acts was their real connection with the general football-watching audience; the Madonna-fan/football-fan Venn diagram doesn’t quite have as much overlap.

So, hmm. What do you make of the prospect of Madonna headlining the Super Bowl, Mixers? Do you think it’s a great idea? Or a great idea…for Super Bowl XXVIII?

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