Will the “wardrobe malfunction” seen ‘around the world soon be but a distant memory?

According to numerous sources, Justin Timberlake is the frontrunner to do at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

It’s tough to think that this February will mark 14 years because Timberlake’s baring of Janet Jackson’s right breast during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Could Super Bowl LII, slated for U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 3, 2018, being televised by NBC, be the site of Timberlake’s long-awaited return? Even though the former boybander is inching closer to the gig, the 2004 controversy still engulfs the singer.

The so-called “wardrobe malfunction” caused a “chilling effect” crackdown by the FCC on objectionable broadcast material and served as a launching pad for a fledgling website called YouTube.

Resources tell Variety that Timberlake is expected to release a new album at the start of 2018, which would make the Super Bowl time optimal.Internet chatter started to surface last month and reached fever pitch on Wednesday that Timberlake — despite the NFL’s insistence he had been banned for the episode — is being contemplated for its halftime slot alongside pal Jay-Z, with whom he toured in 2013 as part of the “Legends of the Summer” U.S. dates. The rapper was a featured performer on Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” the first single from Justin’s record, The 20/20 Experience. 1 significant TV music executive insists that a buzzworthy reunion with Jackson can not be completely ruled out, though that looks far-fetched.

It is no surprise Jay-Z has reportedly turned down the NFL’s deal, given the league’s current controversy over players refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem to protest racially charged police brutality events across the nation, and the apparent reluctance of teams to signal the movement’s presently free-agent leader, quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

A decision ought to be shown daily now, as Lady Gaga was declared as the celebrity at the end of September this past year.

The halftime show has been headlined over the past few years with a series of rock superstars like Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, and Madonna. Ameriquest Mortgage, Sprint Nextel, Bridgestone, and AOL Topspeed were halftime patrons until Pepsi took over for Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, emphasized by a Beyonce reunion with Destiny’s Child in 2016.

The Super Bowl halftime show is now the most-watched musical event ever. Last year’s Gaga functionality at Houston’s NRG Stadium has been seen by 117.5 million viewers, and for four consecutive years, the series has attracted greater average views than the real game.

So, with many of the significant rock and pop acts having played the halftime show, who will headline the 2018 variant? It will not be Taylor Swift, who, as a Diet Coke spokesperson, is a no-go for its Pepsi-sponsored event, rather scheduling a performance headlining the halftime show of the College Football National Championship game in Atlanta on Jan. 8, 2018, from nearby Centennial Olympic Park, produced by ESPN. Swift previously surfaced a clip for the track “Ready for It” during college football’s opening weekend game between Alabama and Florida State on ABC.

Britney Spears, another early contender — she performed at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on a lineup that included Aerosmith, Timberlake with NSYNC, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly — has also been ruled out, according to a recent announcement from PepsiCo head of sports advertising Justin Toman.

Recent surveys as to who should headline watched Billboard readers overwhelmingly voting for K-Pop band BTS (with a whopping 58.6 percent), while Popcrush’s audience chosen for Queen amp; Adam Lambert (37.6 percent) over BTS (with 34.3 percent).

And while rumors of Timberlake being the preferred one has sparked talk of a potential NSYNC reunion, at least one observer, Fred Traube, head of his own East Coast-based Pro Sports Music Marketing Music Marketing, asserts the NFL is still smarting over the episode 14 decades back.

“Do not expect any controversial rappers, possibly,” he noted, together with the anticipated on-air bleeps destroying the capacity of looks by not only Jay-Z, but Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, or Migos (subjects of an online petition for last year’s slot), though it’s tough to believe that prohibit extending into the likes of mainstream crossovers such as Chance the Rapper (who recently made an appearance on CBS’ Emmy Awards).

The fact that artists are not compensated for their Super Bowl performance, and really, have to cover, has scared off several artists, including Kelly Clarkson, who’s going to release a new album next month for new tag Atlantic, and recently confessed to Breatheheavy.com, “I am not paying, you cover me{}”

Others touted include Pink, who also has a new record, Beautiful Trauma, coming out on Oct. 13 (having an Oct. 14 Saturday Night Live look on tap, along with a high-wire act that would play on a huge stage), combined with Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith (slated for SNL on Oct. 7), and Foo Fighters.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail

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