Dear Gossips,

It was confirmed yesterday that Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl halftime show on February 3 in Atlanta. A safe choice. As many have said, it’s a milquetoast choice. It’s an inoffensive choice. This tweet pretty much sums it up:

And that’s exactly what the NFL thinks it needs: no clear lines, no edges, no heat. 

The heat, however, may come in the form of special guests. Already Billboard is reporting that Cardi B and Travis Scott are “on the short list” as guest performers. And there could be more. Because while the selection of Maroon 5 isn’t surprising or unexpected, it’s also not all that exciting, especially considering that they’re going to be in Atlanta, with its thriving music scene. In that sense, I wonder if Maroon 5 is going to be like how it was with Coldplay in 2016. Coldplay was, allegedly, the Super Bowl halftime headliner. They ended up being the backup band for Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. 

In other legitimately thrilling news – Serial is back! If you haven’t heard, two new episodes were released today and it’s an entire season about Cleveland’s criminal court system. I cannot wait to drive home from work later. It’s the only time I WANT the traffic to be bad.  

Yours in gossip,