Adam Blackstone, a famend musical director and bassist, has been tapped for Rihanna’s Tremendous Bowl LVII Halftime Present offered by Apple Music.
Blackstone isn’t any stranger to the Tremendous Bowl or working with Rihanna. He beforehand was the musical director (MD) for the final three Tremendous Bowl reveals, together with the Emmy-winning Tremendous Bowl LVI with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and others. He additionally organized Jazmine Sullivan’s rendition of the nationwide anthem at Tremendous Bowl LV with nation singer Eric Church.
Exterior the Tremendous Bowl, Blackstone has labored as an MD for Rihanna’s 777 Tour, the place she carried out a live performance in seven international locations in seven days to advertise her Unapologetic album. Launched in 2012, the album scored Rihanna her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in addition to a Grammy for Finest City Modern Album.
Blackstone went on to music direct Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour and all 4 of her Savage X Fenty Exhibits. Her most up-to-date present, Vol. 4, premiered final November on Amazon Prime Video.
The anticipation for Rihanna’s halftime present is excessive, to say the least. She hasn’t launched an album since 2016’s Anti, which has remained on the Billboard 200 chart because it first entered in February 2016.
Though she supported Anti on her Anti World Tour, Rihanna hasn’t publicly carried out on stage since 2018 when she joined DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller on the Grammys to carry out their hit “Wild Ideas.”
Hundreds of thousands of individuals will probably be tuned in for the large recreation and to see Rihanna make her grand return on Sunday, Feb. 12. “She could be very confident about what she needs,” Blackstone informed Rated R&B in a current interview. “She has a lot extra readability and imaginative and prescient now to be the ‘anti’ particular person she is, no pun supposed.”
As Blackstone famous, Rihanna is “at all times pushing the envelope,” whether or not along with her vogue and sweetness model or her music. His aim for the halftime present is to convey Rihanna’s imaginative and prescient to gentle. “She’s standing in her superstardom now in an entire completely different manner. She’s sporting that cape proudly,” he stated.
Whereas the main points surrounding Rihanna’s imaginative and prescient are clearly beneath wraps, Blackstone leaves followers and viewers with this nugget: “I feel we’re going to essentially impress the world.”
Regardless that Rihanna hasn’t stepped on stage but, she has already made historical past. She would be the first artist to carry out beneath the NFL’s new partnership with Apple Music and Roc Nation.
“Rihanna is a generational expertise, a lady of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at each flip,” stated JAY-Z, founding father of Roc Nation. “An individual born on the small island of Barbados who grew to become one of the crucial distinguished artists ever. Self-made in enterprise and leisure.”
The Apple Music Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present at Tremendous Bowl LVII will probably be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Glendale, Arizona.
Learn our full interview with Adam Blackstone right here.
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