Watching the Super Bowl on television is one of the highlights of the year for millions of people.
This means that the artists who perform the traditional halftime show have a huge audience watching their every move. Some of the best-received performances in recent years have come from Katy Perry, Beyoncé, and Missy Elliot. Yet, there have also been some complete disasters along the way.
1. The Blues Brother, 1997 This idea here was to market the Blues Brothers 2000 movie that was in the pipeline. The problem? The likes of Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, and John Goodman simply weren’t musically good enough for a performance of this magnitude. Even the arrival of ZZ Top and James Brown couldn’t save the day.
2. The Black Eyes Peas, 2011 In theory, this sounded like a promising show from one of the biggest acts around at the time. However, it soon became clear that their live presentation was nowhere near good enough for such a prestigious event, as Fergie and the rest of the group floundered badly on the stage.
3. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, 2004 The problem in this case wasn’t a lack of musical quality. Instead, this has gone down in history as one of the most disastrous shows because of the infamous moment when Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson’s clothing. The exposure of the singer’s breast lead to widespread condemnation and shaming of Jackson, and even saw her music being banned from appearing on numerous television and radio networks.
4. A Tapestry of Nations, 2000 Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, and Enrique Iglesias were a few of the stars of this overblown Disney production. It was meant to send out an inspiring message about global unity, but it just turned in a bit of a mess. Matters weren’t helped by the fact that they sang new, original songs that no-one in the stadium or at home had ever heard before.
5. Indiana Jones and Temple of the Forbidden Eye, 1995 This confusing disaster was meant to promote the Temple of the Forbidden Eye attraction that had recently been opened by Disney. Instead, it was a muddled, awkward show that dragged established stars such as Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle way out of their comfort zones. All the dancers in huge hats and parachuting stuntmen in the stadium just added to the chaos.
A new machine offers users the ability to cut their own 10" vinyl records instantly.
The $1,212 Phonocut is expected to arrive in December 2020, though it’s available for pre-order now.
Its co-creator, Florian “Doc” Kaps, said that simplicity was at the core of its operation. “It has to be idiot-proof,” he told Wired. “Even I myself should be in a position to cut the records. ... Digital has a big problem … it’s not real. You can very easily access it, but you only can see it or you can hear it. You can never lick it, you cannot smell it and you can’t touch it. We human beings do have these five senses. And at the end of the day, we need all these five senses to fall in love, to feel happy, to build trust.”
The Phonocut hopes to solve that problem by allowing users to cut records in real time. They can feed music to the 18-pound lathe while playing it; a diamond stylus will etch the sound wave onto the disc, with around 15 minutes of playing time on each side. Kaps said he hoped the machine would contribute to the increase vinyl interest over recent years.
“People love records, but they don’t know anything about how they are produced," he said. "We have to inspire them to think about it and raise their awareness for the possibilities of what they can do with it.” “When people are making these records, it’s about the meaning of them, the emotional process,” said co-creator KamranV, who suggested one use could be making custom “mixtapes” for friends.
"It was the idea of making it and then taping it in real time and giving it to someone. That's the same emotion that we dream of this machine bringing for others.” Kaps insisted the Phonocut project wasn’t an artistic endeavor. “We really want to change the world of the music industry and offer a new option,” he noted. “It will never replace streaming or anything, but it will inspire people to create real beautiful, tangible pieces of music again.” A Kickstarter campaign, which will offer the Phonocut at the discount price of $1,100, launches on Oct. 15.
In addition to Mariah, other women who'll be honored at the October 11 gala include Jennifer Aniston, legendary vocalist Chaka Khan, Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Dana Walden, chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.
Mariah is, of course, one of the best-selling artists of all time, as well as an actress, entrepreneur, mother of two and the unofficial Queen of Christmas. She just released her new theme song for ABC's upcoming black-ish spinoff, mixed-ish, and she's gearing up for her November Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
All six honorees will appear on Variety's Power of Women cover. The issue will highlight 50 additional women in the entertainment industry who are "dedicated to making a lasting impact."
Variety editor-in-chief Claudia Eller said, "Since its inception, Variety’s Power of Women has been a celebration of female empowerment, philanthropy and the commitment to progress being made by the professionals of our industry every day."
"We are so proud that the event continues on as a beacon of positivity in these challenging times."