Ten memorable Super Bowl halftime shows

By Zhang Xingjian | chinadaily.com.cn | 2017-02-06 14:26
Ten memorable Super Bowl halftime shows

Michael Jackson, Super Bowl 1993 [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

1.Michael Jackson, Super Bowl 1993

As the King of Pop, Michael Jackson performed at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in Pasadena, California.

Because of a dwindling interest during the halftime in the preceding years — a special live episode of In Living Color eroded the previous halftime show's audience by 10 rating points — the NFL decided to seek big-name talent that would improve ratings, with Jackson being selected for his universal appeal.

It was the first Super Bowl whose half-time performance drew greater audience numbers than the game itself.

The performance began with Jackson catapulting onto the stage as fireworks went off behind him, followed by four songs: Jam, Billie Jean, Black or White and Heal the World. Jackson's Dangerous album moved up 90 places on the album chart after the performance.


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