Album sales skyrocket after Super Bowl

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Lots of hand motions… but none of it was actual instrument playing?

Halfway through the Seahawks destroying the Broncos at the Super Bowl, the much-anticipated halftime show exploded with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers banding together (no pun intended) for a mega rock and roll bonanza. Days later, Mars saw a huge 164% spike in sales of his Unorthodox Jukebox album, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers were criticized for “playing” instruments that weren’t even plugged in.

The Grammy-winning Mars is looking to return to the Billboard charts top 10 after the sales boost. Given the record-breaking 111.5 million viewers of this year’s Super Bowl, it’s no surprise he’s getting such an uptick in fame and dollars.

On the other hand, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are having to explain themselves after people began noticing that none of the instruments were plugged in during the performance. Flea’s bass and Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar weren’t connected to any power source, and there were no wireless packs visible. Flea gave an ambiguous response on Twitter when people accused the band of pretend-playing, offering, “No trickery. No choice, but no trickery.” Then, as pressure mounted, he gave a very long statement on the band’s website, saying the NFL forced them to pre-record the music to avoid any possible malfunctions on stage. He stressed, “We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show.”

Why did they do the halftime show, then, if live music’s so important to them? “So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it,” explained Flea, “but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.”

Images courtesy of NFL Facebook.