Music News: Justin Timberlake officially confirmed as 2018 Super Bowl halftime entertainer


Justin Timberlake speaks at an event in California in Sept. 2017.
Justin Timberlake speaks at an event in California in Sept. 2017. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for EIF)

It's official: Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime entertainment during the 2018 Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. As Pitchfork notes,

He returns to the show 14 years after his last performance at the Super Bowl when he famously bared Janet Jackson’s right breast in what was called a "wardrobe malfunction." The incident caused an FCC crackdown on objectionable broadcast material, the raising of fines per indecency violation, and performances in ensuing years from older rock artists like Paul McCartney, the Who, the Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty.

Today's tribute news

In one of the most poignant tributes by Tom Petty fans, vampires moved west on Ventura Boulevard on Thursday to remember the late rock star on the eve of his 67th birthday. The cosplay celebrated a lyric from "Free Fallin'," which of course got a group singalong. Organizers said they hope to make it an annual event. (Yahoo! Entertainment)

Bob Dylan doesn't make a lot of deviations from his standard set list on any given tour leg, but he made an exception Saturday night in Broomfield, Colo. As part of his encore, Dylan covered Petty's 1991 song "Learning to Fly." Dylan and Petty were collaborators and tourmates, as well as bandmates in the Traveling Wilburys. (Rolling Stone)

Blink-182, System of a Down, and other acts will join Linkin Park this coming Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl as they pay tribute to the late Chester Bennington. The tribute concert will be streamed live on YouTube. (Billboard)

As if Lyle Lovett wasn't exciting enough

A Saturday night fundraising concert to support hurricane relief had quite the lineup — literally. For the first time since Barack Obama left the White House, he joined the four other living ex-presidents for a public appearance. Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush stepped on stage as part of a Texas concert that featured musical performances from Lady Gaga, Alabama, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Yolanda Adams, Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen. (Billboard)

The Piano Man impersonates the Boss

If you've always wanted to see Billy Joel imitate Bruce Springsteen, Thursday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! must have been real exciting for you. As Rolling Stone notes, Joel "revealed his favorite Springsteen song, 'Meeting Across the River,' and impersonated Springsteen to sing a few lines from the Born to Run track, even shouting the piano chords over to Kimmel's Brooklyn bandleader Paul Shaffer."

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