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Here’s the latest Super Bowl-and-music news. (And yes, it features you-know-who).

We’re still a few days away from the Super Bowl which means that the hype is only going to get worse. And with Tay-Tay in the mix, things are far more over the top than usual. I apologize, but reporting on this stuff is my job.

Let’s start with something that doesn’t have to do with Taylor Swift. Usher, for example. He’s the halftime entertainment which is sponsored by Apple Music. In an effort to push its Spatial Audio mixes, all of Usher’s material has been made available in that format.

Er, that’s all I have for non-Swift news today. Moving on.

Will there be an engagement announcement?

If there is, that will be the most self-serving move in the history of music, especially if the Chiefs win. I mean, it was bad enough that Taylor made the Grammys about her when she used the occasion to announce the release date of her next album. That rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Could we see the Super Bowl hijacked in a similar way? Travis Kelce had this to say.

If there is an engagement…

…The Little White Chapel, a Las Vegas wedding lounge, has offered Tay-Tay and Kelce a free wedding. The package includes ministers, a bouquet, and an Elvis impersonator. (Jon Bon Jovi got married there.) In fact, the chapel has offered deals to all players and employees of both the Chiefs and the 49ers.

About Tay-Tay’s private jet…

You may have heard about Jack Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, who is an avitation geek in his spare time. Using readily available sites and apps, he loves to track the travels of specific aircraft. (Hey, I do this. I’m under the flightpath of YYZ and I called up Plane Finder to see who’s flying over my house. It’s easy and free.)

Sweeney has bee tracking Tay-Tay’s pirivate jets (she has two) over the last while via @taylorsiftjets. But the account has since gone dark. Why? Because he got a very stern cease-and-desist letter from her people saying “cut it out.” It reads in part that her attornies will  “have no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies” if he didn’t stop the “stalking and harassing behavior.” They also made it very clear that tracking her jet has put her safety and well-being at risk. Tracking her jet(s) made her “fearful, causing emotional and physical distress.”

The letter continues: While this may be a game to you, or an avenue that you hope will earn you wealth or fame, it is a life-or-death matter for our Client.” Plus there was “no legitimate interest in or public need for this information, other than to stalk, harass, and exert dominion and control.”

It’s unclear if Sweeney is violating any laws. I mean, anyone can track any plane with a transponder. At the same time, Taylor does have existing issues with stalkers, so you can see how tracking her jet could bring out more of these obsessives.

And the MAGA types went after Swift’s “supersonic jet,” too.

Okay, she doesn’t have a “supersonic” private jet. No one outside the military does. But Texas Republic and member of the House Aviation Committee (i.e. someone who should know something about aviation) Troy Nehls went on a weird rant the other day. The topic was Canada’s move to raise the mandatory age of retirement age of pilots from 65 to 67. He’s concerned these older pilots were using the same airports and runways as younger American ones. He claimed that “Taylor Swift, flying to the Super Bowl in her supersonic jet” was part of this problem.

Finally, details about Tay-Tay’s luxury box at Allegiant Stadium

Wagyu beef hotdogs? Why not?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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