ALESSIA CARA, ALESSO, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, G-EAZY, HALSEY, PORTUGAL. THE MAN, BEBE REXHA, HAILEE STEINFELD, WATT, AND ZEDD ADDED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE WEST COAST CELEBRATION OF “DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018”
MULTI-PLATINUM MUSIC SUPERSTAR CIARA TO HOST LOS ANGELES FESTIVITIES
The New Year’s Celebration Begins Live at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC from New York’s Times Square
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Los Angeles, CA (December 14, 2017) – dick clark productions and ABC today announced that Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Portugal. The Man and Hailee Steinfeld have been added to the lineup of performers for the West Coast celebration of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018.” Additionally, the evening will feature show-stopping collaborations from Alessia Cara and Zedd, G-Eazy and Halsey, Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line, and Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and watt. As previously announced, Ciara will host the Los Angeles festivities which will feature additional performances by Kane Brown, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz & The Tantrums, Khalid, Khalid with Marshmello, Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth. America’s largest celebration of the year will take place on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST on the ABC Television Network.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018” marks the 46th anniversary of America’s largest celebration of the year and will include 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe. Ryan Seacrest will host the primetime festivities and lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City, as he has for the last 12 years, with live onsite reporting from actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy. Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform for more than one million fans live in Times Square and millions more on TV. Additionally, Lucy Hale will return to host the 2nd annual Central Time Zone countdown celebration from New Orleans, where multi-platinum selling band Imagine Dragons is slated to perform from the Allstate® Fan Fest, and WALK THE MOON will take the stage leading up to the midnight countdown and stunning fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square.
Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam Recordings artist Alessia Cara emerged onto the music scene in 2015 with the release of her iconic anthem “Here.” “Here” garnered over 500,000 total streams in its first week, going on to become Spotify’s Most Viral Song of 2015 selling over 3 million copies. A five-track EP, Four Pink Walls, soon followed before the release of the full-length certified platinum KNOW-IT-ALL. Alessia lent her voice to “How Far I’ll Go,” the official song for Disney’s animated film Moana, penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Her multi-platinum No. 1 Billboard Pop Songs chart hit single, “Scars to Your Beautiful,” is Cara’s gut-wrenching take on female identity, on body image and on deleterious behaviors in the name of beauty. “Stay”, her No. 1 Pop Songs hit with Zedd has sold over 2 million copies and has been called the “song of the summer.” “1-800-273-8255,” her most recent smash with Logic was recently certified double-platinum, contributing to her 6 global smash hits and 4 billion streams worldwide. She is the most streamed new female artist of 2017. A JUNO award winner for 2016 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Cara received the “Rule Breaker” honor at the Billboard Women in Music event and has been nominated for Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock at the 2017 American Music Awards, People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top New Artist, BET Award for Best New Artist, BBC Awards for Song of The Year, and was the winner of 2 MTV Video Music Awards in 2017 for Best Electronic Dance Video for “Stay” and Best Fight Against The System for “Scars To Your Beautiful.”
Swedish producer and Shots Studios artist Alesso has platinum records, a Grammy nomination, and world-renowned tours and performances. His big productions electrify crowds at the world’s biggest music festivals like Coachella, EDC, and Tomorrowland. He also connects with fans through records like “Falling” and the chart-topping “Heroes (We Could Be)” featuring Tove Lo that push the limits of the genre with lyrics that layer raw emotions on top of intoxicating music. Recently, Alesso collaborated with Hailee Steinfeld for “Let Me Go” featuring Florida George Line and watt and created a remix to J Balvin and Willy William’s hit record “Mi Gente.” He combined with Brazilian superstar Anitta to create the international hit “Is That For Me.” With every original song, remix, and live performance, Alesso continues to establish himself as one of his genre’s most important figures.
Redefining what’s possible in Country music, global superstars Florida Georgia Line continue to push full-throttle into uncharted territories with history-making collaborations, fresh entrepreneurial ventures and bold new music while currently in the studio. Crushing record-breaking milestones, the MULTI-PLATINUM duo have heavy-hitting spotlights on Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be,” Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso’s “Let Me Go” (ft. watt), Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down,” and The Chainsmokers’ “Last Day Alive.” Fueling their groundbreaking momentum, FGL’s 2016 PLATINUM-certified album, DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG Records), delivered three consecutive #1 smashes: 3X PLATINUM-certified “H.O.L.Y.” [#1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 18 straight weeks] and PLATINUM-certified “May We All” (ft. Tim McGraw) and “God, Your Mama, And Me” (ft. Backstreet Boys) [13th #1 overall as artists]. THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017 marked their first time headlining select sold-out stadium dates – featuring special guests Backstreet Boys, with critics’ reviews boasting: “Just in case you’ve forgotten, Florida Georgia Line is one of the hottest country acts alive” (MusicRow Magazine). With over 30 million tracks and more than 4.2 million albums sold worldwide, the top-shelf entertainers remain the first and only Country act to achieve RIAA’s DIAMOND certification (10 million copies sold) for their breakout “Cruise,” which is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan). Since 2012, FGL has earned prestigious honors from the AMAs, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT Music Awards. As true visionaries, their innovative endeavors also include their newly-announced multifaceted compound in Nashville: Tribe Kelley Trading Post, Tree Vibez Music, and meet + greet, plus FGL HOUSE.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum alternative pop maverick Halsey became the year’s first female artist to score a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with hopeless fountain kingdom, an album Rolling Stone called “bold” in a 4-star review, proclaiming that “Halsey could go anywhere from here.” Storming onto the music scene three short years ago, she went from quietly uploading songs on SoundCloud to having her own Platinum certified first full-length album, BADLANDS, bow at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, followed by a global tour featuring sold-out dates on five continents, including a sold-out Madison Square Garden performance. Flashforward to 2017 and Halsey went to the GRAMMY®s for the first time, after receiving a nomination in the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” category for “Closer,” her seven times platinum megahit with The Chainsmokers, released hopeless fountain kingdom, which spawned the Platinum certified track “Now Or Never,” which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart and has been streamed over 235 million times. Her current hit “Bad At Love” has reached the top three on Pop Songs, hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has over 100 million streams thanks to a nationwide Jeep campaign featuring the “renegade” singer herself. This fall saw Halsey headlining her eight-week North American HFK Tour with support from PARTYNEXTDOOR and Charli XCX, which she wrapped up this month with a promise to take the show global next year. To date, she has garnered over 2.5 billion streams and more than 3.5 million sales worldwide, has 3 Platinum and 5 Gold certified singles, and has graced the covers of Nylon, Forbes, PAPER, Playboy and Billboard among others. As her star continues to rise, Halsey uses her voice to speak up for causes she passionately believes in, including disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community, proving that both she and her music can affect meaningful change, and that, yes, the 23-year-old can go anywhere from here.
Portugal. The Man took 2017 by the horns after a considerably long gap, especially for a band that has dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. They spent years working on an album called Doomin + Gloomin before later developing what would become known as their eighth studio album WOODSTOCK. Fate struck lead singer, John Gourley, twice. First, John got some parental tough love from his old man. “What’s taking so long to finish the album?,” John’s dad asked. “Isn’t that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out?” The whole thing got John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and more importantly, about how to get off of it. Second, John found his dad’s ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival, which ultimately knocked something loose in his head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them. With these two ideas converging, the band made a seemingly bat-shit-crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and threw it out. The band went back to the studio – working with John Hill, Danger Mouse and longtime collaborator Casey Bates. In this new-found creative territory, the album that became WOODSTOCK rolled out naturally from there. Fast forward to present day and it was impossible to escape the album’s first single “Feel It Still,” which dominated the charts and radio airwaves for most of 2017, and spent a record 20 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. The platinum-certified hit reigned at #1 at multiple radio formats, including Top 40/Pop radio. Yes, you read that right. 5 guys from Wasilla, Alaska who have played nearly 1,500 shows in their career had a #1 song at pop radio. Billboard even went as far as to call the song, “the unexpected rock crossover hit of 2017.”
Republic Records recording artist Hailee Steinfeld has quickly cemented herself as a rising force in pop music with a series of hits under her belt, including her 2015 platinum certified debut single “Love Myself,” double platinum selling smash “Starving” with Grey [feat. Zedd] and platinum selling summer anthem “Most Girls.” To date, the multi-platinum selling artist has amassed a total of nearly 2 billion streams globally. This year, Steinfeld won “Best Push Artist” at the MTV EMAs, Musical.ly’s “Top Covered Artist” award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and was honored by Variety with the “Crossover Artist” award at their inaugural Hitmakers event. She also garnered three Teen Choice Award nominations for her work in both film and music. Most recently, Steinfeld released her new single “Let Me Go.” Produced by Grammy nominated DJ and producer Alesso and critically acclaimed producer, songwriter and artist watt, “Let Me Go” pairs Steinfeld with one of country music’s best-selling acts Florida Georgia Line. In addition to her thriving music career, Steinfeld is an Academy® Award-nominated and critically acclaimed leading actress. In 2016, she starred in one of the year’s best-reviewed films, The Edge of Seventeen. Her performance earned her two Critics’ Choice Award nominations and a Golden Globe® nomination in the category “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.” Steinfeld recently wrapped production on her next film, Paramount’s “Bumblebee,” the first spin-off in the newly created “Transformers” universe, and will star in the blockbuster “Pitch Perfect 3”, which will be in theaters December 22, 2017.
Multi-platinum recording artist and producer G-Eazy is hip-hop’s strapping rockstar. Continuing his meteoric rise after the release of his RIAA certified platinum sophomore album When It’s Dark Out (RVG/BPG/RCA Records) which featured 7 times platinum single “Me, Myself, and I” with Bebe Rexha, the multi-platinum recording artist and producer is gearing up for his blockbuster album The Beautiful & Damned. After 2 years of selling out shows worldwide and maintaining one of hip-hop’s most consistent release schedules with singles alongside Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Dillon Francis, Kehlani and more, he is back with his highly anticipated, deeply personal 20 track double LP. The album’s lead track, “No Limit” featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B is currently #1 at both Urban and Rhythm radio, has been streamed over 88 million times on Spotify and is in the top 10 on the US Spotify Top 200 chart. Paired with a short film, the project paints a dire picture of Gerald versus G-Eazy. In 2017 G-Eazy was named “Favorite Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards, performed live on television on The Voice, named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 and further expanded his entrepreneurial prowess, announcing his partnership and Co‑Creative Director role of Stillhouse Spirits Co., marking the rapper’s first spirits venture.
Singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha has accumulated over 10 million overall single sales, 3.25 billion total global streams and a radio audience of over 10 billion. She hit #1 on both the Billboard Pop and Rap charts with her Platinum-selling smash single “Me, Myself & I” with G-Eazy. Her single “No Broken Hearts” featuring Nicki Minaj has over 217 million YouTube/VEVO views to date, she is featured on Martin Garrix’s single “In The Name of Love” which already has over 231 million YouTube/VEVO views and “I Got You,” has garnered over 199 million YouTube/VEVO views. Bebe Rexha burst onto the scene in 2013 when she penned the song which became a worldwide hit for Eminem and Rihanna—“Monster” – which went RIAA quadruple-platinum stateside. She wrote and featured on Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home” and Pitbull’s “This Is Not A Drill” in addition to writing Tinashe’s “All Hands On Deck” and Selena Gomez’s “Champion.” Her 2015 debut EP, I Don’t Wanna Grow Up (Warner Bros. Records) boasts the singles “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” and “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy,” which racked up over 52 million Spotify streams in only six months. That same year, she co-wrote and carried instantly recognizable hooks for the double-platinum “Hey Mama” by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, and Afrojack which was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song, as well as the Billboard Hot 100 smash “Me, Myself, & I” with G-Eazy. Bebe released her debut album, All Your Fault: Part 1 and All Your Fault: Part 2 this year to rave reviews. In addition, she is also featured on Louis Tomlinson’s track, “Back to You,” off of his upcoming solo album. Her most recent single, “Meant To Be” with Florida Georgia Line, is currently topping the charts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and has amassed over 130M global streams to date.
watt, the New York-born and Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer has lit a fire with every project he touches within the music industry. His debut solo EP, Ghost In My Head, earned critical acclaim from the likes of Guitar World and boasted drumming courtesy of Chad Smith [Red Hot Chili Peppers] and Joey Castillo [ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Danzig]. He has been tapped to perform and share the stage with everyone from Sting, Slash, Justin Bieber, The Roots, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Tommy Lee, One Republic, Martin Garrix, Jane’s Addiction, The Struts and more. Prior to the EP’s release, he worked as a producer, songwriter, and musical director for the likes of Justin Bieber & Skrillex, Kygo, DJ Snake, Marshmello, Steve Angello, SNBRN and more. In 2016, he co-wrote the highly successful song by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You,” and co-wrote & produced “Feeling Whitney” on Post Malone’s album Stoney. This year his songwriting and production has been featured all over 2017’s biggest hits including Kygo’s “It Ain’t Me” ft. Selena Gomez (co-wrote & produced),” Camilla Cabello’s “Havanna” ft. Young Thug (co-wrote), Avicii’s “Lonely Together ft. Rita Ora (co-wrote & production), Bebe Rexha’s “Comfortable” ft. Kranium as well as his own track “Burning Man” ft. Post Malone. watt has scored three top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits as a co-writer, all since late 2016: DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You” (featuring Justin Bieber); “It Ain’t Me,” by Kygo and Selena Gomez; and Camila Cabello’s current hit, “Havana” (featuring Young Thug). He also co-produced the first two aforementioned songs. “Let Me Love You” and “It Ain’t Me” also each hit No. 2 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, while “Let Me Go,” his first charted song as a credited artist, has reached the top 10.
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd made his debut with Clarity after signing with Interscope in 2012 and has been breaking down barriers surrounding music genres ever since. With his latest single, “Get Low” with Liam Payne, Zedd ventures into a more urban musical domain that Entertainment Weekly called a “sizzling summer jam.” Earlier this year, Zedd teamed up with Alessia Cara to record “Stay,” a track that veers into a new direction for both artists, and landed Zedd his first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Songs airplay chart. Zedd also single-handedly organized WELCOME!, an ACLU fundraising concert with a lineup that spans the music spectrum. As an immigrant himself, born in Russia and raised in Germany, the concert was born out of Zedd’s desire to stand up for basic human rights and 100% of its profits benefitted the ACLU. Throughout his career, Zedd has worked with a diverse range of artists, including Foxes on “Clarity,” which soared to No.2 on Pop Songs and has sold 2.6 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and Hayley Williams on Platinum hit “Stay The Night,” which racked up more than 400 million streams. In 2015, Zedd released True Colors, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and earned Zedd a 2016 Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Album. Its lead single “I Want You to Know” (ft. Selena Gomez) spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and has been certified Platinum, while second single, “Beautiful Now” (feat. Jon Bellion), has been certified Gold. In 2016, Zedd teamed up with Aloe Blacc on “Candyman” to kick off M&M’s 75th anniversary celebration and released smash hit “Starving” featuring Hailee Steinfeld and Grey, which soared to the top five on Billboard‘s Pop Songs chart and amassed over 240 million plays on Spotify alone in just four months.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018” is produced by dick clark productions with Ryan Seacrest, Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan serving as executive producers and Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco as co-executive producers. Larry Klein is producer.
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