Bruno Mars has been asked to perform at next year’s Super Bowl half-time show, according to reports.
Sources close to Billboard claim that Mars has been invited to play Super Bowl 50 by organisers NFL. It is said that the American football governing body has asked Mars to “curate” the show, leading to suggestion that Mars will be joined by a host of special guests on the night.
Should he agree to the rumoured offer, it would mark Mars’ second time performing at the Super Bowl. In 2013 he appeared alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers’ as they played Super Bowl XLVIII. Katy Perry played last year, bringing out special guest Missy Elliott during her show.
Mars’ 2013 appearance helped draw 115 million viewers, at the time the highest figure for the halftime special. It was subsequently eclipsed by Perry’s 121 million viewers in 2014.
The commercial reasons for playing the Super Bowl became obvious in 2014 when Missy Elliott saw a huge sales boost after joining Katy Perry at the Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. She performed a medley of her hits ‘Get Ur Freak On’, ‘Work It’ and ‘Lose Control’ and her album sales subsequently rose by 2,500 per cent in the US.
The three singles she performed collectively enjoyed a 978 percent jump, equating to 71,000 songs sold.