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Houston's guaranteed a Super Bowl splash: Beyoncé to headline halftime show — maybe Jay-Z too

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Beyonce, in concert, 2012
Beyoncé's biggest concert yet: Houston superstar is set to be Super Bowl halftime performer. Revel Media Center

Whether or not the Texans make it, Houston will be represented at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. According to a report from the Associated Press, Beyoncé will be headlining the halftime show on Feb. 3.

This won't be Bey's first time performing for Super Bowl crowds. She sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004 before Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during that game's halftime performance.

After years of avoiding another nipplegate by picking safe, middle-aged male acts like Paul McCartney, The Who and Bruce Springsteen, it looks like Super Bowl producers have figured out how to make the halftime show a big hit: Get all the single ladies watching.

This won't be Bey's first time performing for Super Bowl crowds. She sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston.

Madonna's showstopping and slightly controversial performance at Super Bowl XLVI set a new all-time record for halftime viewership with 114 million viewers, slightly more than the average viewership of the football game itself.

Beyoncé's performance is expected to be officially announced on Wednesday, although there's already speculation that the Grammy-winning singer could take the stage with her husband Jay-Z or with other former members of Destiny's Child.

The bigger question is whether this platform means that Beyoncé will be releasing more new music later this year or in early 2013. Since releasing her album 4 in 2011, Beyoncé had seven charted singles but no big hits, with "Best Thing I Never Had" as the best performer peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard 100 chart. She hasn't even released a single stateside in 2012.

Sure, she could run through her megahits like "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "Irreplaceable," and "Crazy in Love" or use some of her sell-out Revel concert  sets, but I'm guessing business-savvy Beyoncé won't let an opportunity like this platform come her way without some new music to sell.

Are you excited about Beyoncé at the Super Bowl? What do you think she should perform?

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