When Madonna announced plans for a new album in spring 2012 while on a press junket for her film W.E. at the Venice Film Festival, she said that she hoped to have a first single ready for February or March. If the latest rumor is true, that timeline is about to contract significantly: SBNation.com is reporting that Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5, 2012.
We doubt that a Madonna performance is set in stone, considering that Madonna was in negotiations to perform at two past Super Bowl halftime shows—XXXIII (in 1998) and XXXV (in 2000)—but in the former case, the deal fell through, and in the latter, Madonna reportedly backed out when the timeline became impossible. It’s likely, though, that Madonna and the NFL are in talks. A “Madonna source” told Gossip Cop, “It looks promising,” and the NFL spokesperson SBNation contacted declined to comment. This year’s Super Bowl will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and televised on NBC.