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Billy Joel Joins Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.23.2013

Billboard reports that Billy Joel will be the first performer after the ball drops in Times Square during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The ABC special will go to Joel's concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn five minutes after midnight for a live broadcast from his New York's Eve show.

Executive producer Barry Adelman said: "This should be one of our more memorable new year's eves. With Miley Cyrus at 11:40 pm and Billy Joel at 12:05 am it should be a great great night.

The special begins at 8 PM ET on December 31 with five and a half hours of music programming, including the two-hour New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music. It continues with the live broadcast from New York City from 10 to 11 PM before a half hour break. Performances then continue from 11:30 PM to 2 AM.

Blondie, Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Cyrus will perform in New York; Capital Cities, Daughtry, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line,Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke and the Fray perform in Los Angeles. Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will be the hosts in Times Square while Fergie will host the Los Angeles part.

Adelman added: "We like ‘New Year's Rockin' Eve' to be a review of the year in music. It's people who made a great impact on the charts. Icona Pop was so big throughout the year, Macklemore dominated the charts all year long and Robin Thicke has the (No. 2) song of the year on the Billboard (Hot 100). We always give artists a chance to do new material as well."

Last year's version of the 11:30 PM - 1 AM show had its highest ratings in 11 years. Part 1 was viewed by 22.2 million people (9.7 in the adults 18-49 demographic) and was ABC's second most-watched non-sports telecast behind the Academy awards. Part 2 had an average audience of 6.4 million total viewers.

The show began in 1972 on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California with Three Dog Night as the featured act.

Adelman continued: "We have become an American tradition. So many people have grown up with the show.

There will be several "digital activations" during the show on Twitter and ABC.com designed to "complement and enhance" the show.

Adelman said: "Anybody who wants to join the conversation will have plenty of opportunity. It's something we encourage."


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