Coldplay is Super Bowl 50’s Halftime Show

December 4, 2015, 7:26 PM UTC
2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Recording artist Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Photograph by Frazer Harrison — AMA2015

Coldplay will headline the halftime show of Super Bowl 50, announced the National Football League.

The English band joins a long list of artists that include Katy Perry, Madonna, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones who have led the musical portion of the most watched event in U.S. television.

Last year’s Super Bowl – where the New England Patriots eked out a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks – became the most-watched program in TV history. In fact, seven of the eight most-watched programs have all been Super Bowls broadcasts:

Ever since Michael Jackson became the mid-game extravaganza of Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, the halftime show has typically become the most watched one-off music event of the year. Last year’s performance by Katy Perry was watched by 118.5 million viewers – exceeding even the average viewership for the game itself – and became the most-watched halftime show ever.

Coldplay will be releasing their seventh studio album, A Head Full Of Dreams, on Friday, and will be hoping that sales of their album will receive a Super Bowl-related boost. On the week of her performance, Perry’s albums and song downloads earned a 92% sales gain in the United States, according to Nielsen Music. Missy Elliot, a guest during the halftime show, saw a huge 996% rise in sales of her album.

This follows a trend for all halftime performers, who typically see a rise in digital track downloads after their Super Bowl concert: