Back in January, The Pokémon Company announced it would be collaborating with several musical acts over the course of 2021 to celebrate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary. Katy Perry was unveiled as the headlining face of the “P25 Music” movement, but it looks like Post Malone is also taking part, as the Pokémon Company has revealed it will be hosting a virtual concert featuring the R&B singer later this month.
The concert will premiere on February 27 at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific on Pokémon’s YouTube and Twitch channels, as well as the Pokémon Company’s official 25th anniversary website. There’s not much in the way of details of how the concert will be made to fit the theme of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, but the teaser trailer shows Post Malone transforming into an animated version of himself, so the whole show might be portrayed through animation and feature characters and environments from the franchise.
Check out the trailer below:
The concert will also kick off a promotion for Pokémon Sword & Shield. The Pokémon Company will be distributing a code for players to acquire a Pikachu that knows the attack Sing, which it can’t learn under normal circumstances. Which is fitting enough for a concert promotion.
This all raises the question of just how many of Post Malone’s songs can he perform in a concert associated with a family-friendly franchise like Pokémon? Just scrolling through a collection of his songs on Spotify and an overwhelming majority of his songs have a nice E for Explicit Content under their titles. Perhaps we’ll get some squeaky clean versions of some of these songs or his setlist is going to be very limited. Not that kids aren’t already hearing Post Malone’s music in one way or another, given his popularity. But we’ll have to wait and see what concessions are made on the 27th.
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The Pokémon Company has already announced that more developments will be coming for Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, including new games like New Pokémon Snap, which is set to launch on Switch on April 30. Rumors have been floating around about a remake of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl for the Switch, as well. Which would make sense, given every prior mainline Pokémon game has seen a remake.