Beyonce brings down the Superdome
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 07:02
For those who follow celebrity news, Destiny’s Child reuniting on the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show wasn’t a surprise.
Beyonce wouldn’t comment on the reunion at her press conference, and Michelle Williams, who denied the reunion, wasn’t busy Sunday evening.
The group even released a single and an album of their older hits last week prior to the game, but that did not change the electrifying screams from the audience or the millions of "OMG! DESTINY’S CHILD!" tweets on Twitter. There was no doubt this halftime performance would be one to remember.
The halftime show began with a fan-made countdown sponsored by Pepsi with the drumbeat of Beyonce’s "Countdown" in the background.
Beyonce then emerged atop a platform in a leather jacket and opened the show with "Love on Top" followed by "Crazy In Love" before stripping down to a leather leotard with lace around the thighs. According to New York Magazine, the star’s leathery ensemble even featured iguana and python. She wore knee-high stiletto boots and was not afraid to swing her long, curly hair throughout the entire performance.
Many suspected a Jay-Z appearance with the star, but that proved to be only a rumor when he did not accompany her on his part of "Crazy In Love."
Next, she performed "End of Time" and "Baby Boy" before Williams and Kelly Rowland joined her on stage.
The trio started with "Bootylicious" and went straight into "Independent Women" before finishing with Beyonce’s solo song, "Single Ladies."
After Williams and Rowland left the stage, Beyonce wrapped up her performance with a powerful rendition of "Halo" that put the lip-syncing inauguration rumors to rest.
According to US Weekly, Destiny’s Child rehearsed "Bills, Bills, Bills" – their 1999 first number one single – but decided it was too slow and didn’t flow well with the rest of the set. The group’s newly recorded single "Nuclear" was also nixed from the show after being rehearsed a few times.
Although the trio did not perform some of their most famous songs such as "Say My Name," "Survivor" and "Jumpin’ Jumpin’," these songs did reach the top 200 songs on the iTunes charts after the halftime performance.
After the performance, Beyonce’s solo music as well as Destiny’s Child’s sold quite well on iTunes. At least 12 of solo Beyonce and Destiny’s Child albums were in the top 200, and around 16 songs saw an outrageous number of downloads. Although iTunes does not release detailed sales figures, the popularity of the halftime show was obvious.
Will the mini reunion be a sign of something larger in the future? Beyonce recently teased about a world tour and is working on her new solo album. Maybe Williams and Rowland will pop up again as they did on Sunday night’s stage.
After the halftime performance was over, half of the power in the stadium went out, and many Americans turned off their TV’s, further proving the reason many tuned in to Super Bowl XLVII in the first place: Beyonce.