UPDATE: The NFL confirmed Thursday that Coldplay will perform at Super Bowl 50 in February, during a halftime show designed by band frontman Chris Martin and featuring other artists.
In keeping with the NFL’s “On the Fifty” campaign, the show will honor the past 50 years and look ahead to the next 50, according to a release from the league. Behind-the-scenes videos about creating the halftime show will be posted on Pepsi.com, beginning Jan. 11.
Martin talked about Coldplay’s involvement in a video posted Thursday. Watch it below.
EARLIER: Coldplay has been tapped to perform at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show in February 2016, a source confirms to EW.
Earlier this week, the NFL revealed that it would announce the performer for the show on Thursday night during the Green Bay-Detroit game on CBS, but news broke early in the day that the rock band would take over the Pepsi stage.
A representative for the band was not immediately available for comment. The NFL declined to comment.
Coldplay will release Head Full of Dreams, their seventh album, on Friday, and the halftime show is expected to include new songs and old hits. The forthcoming collection features appearances from frontman Chris Martin’s ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé, and her daughter Blue Ivy.
In a recent interview with EW Martin said the new songs were some of the band’s most uplifting music yet. “When we decided to go down that road of making a really small, intimate album like Ghost Stories, the idea for A Head Full of Dreams came at the same time,” he said. “We thought: ‘After making this restrained, intimate album, maybe we’ll feel like playing with a bit more jubilation.’ It was really fun to make, which is not what we’ve felt before.”
Rumors about Coldplay’s possible involvement with the Super Bowl surfaced this week. In September, a source told EW that Bruno Mars had also been offered the slot.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.
Super Bowl 50 will air on Feb. 7 on CBS.
Reporting by Kevin O’Donnell.