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Christina Aguilera to headline 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019' live from Times Square; other performers include Post Malone, NKOTB

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Wed, Dec 26th 2018 07:10 am
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New Year’s Eve celebration begins live at 8 p.m. EST on ABC from New York City’s Times Square

dick clark productions and ABC announced one of the world’s best-selling pop music icons, Christina Aguilera, will perform for a live audience of more than 1 million people just minutes before the ball drops on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019.”

Aguilera last performed on the show in 2007, and this year she will be joined by Bastille, Dan + Shay and New Kids On The Block in the hours leading up to the 2019 countdown. This marks multiplatinum artists Dan + Shay’s first appearance on the show, and Bastille’s second, while pop super group New Kids On The Block will take the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” stage for the second time – having last performed in 2011 with Backstreet Boys.

America’s biggest celebration of the year will take place on Monday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. EST on the ABC Television Network (WKBW-TV Channel 7).

Ranked as the No. 1 music special of last year, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019” will include more than five hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe. Seacrest will host the prime-time festivities and lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City, as he has for the past 13 years, with live onsite reporting from actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg.

“We have an incredible lineup in store for Times Square and are thrilled to welcome Christina back as our headliner for the first time since 2007,” said Mark Bracco, executive producer and executive vice president of programming and development, dick clark productions. “As one of the greatest voices in pop music, Christina’s performance right before the ball drops is sure to end 2018 with a bang!”

“ ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ always boasts the most iconic musical acts, and this year is no different,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, alternative series, specials and late night, ABC. “Christina’s out of this world talent, combined with the powerhouse strength of Bastille, Dan + Shay and New Kids on The Block, will leave 2018 ending on a high note.”

Aguilera is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter renowned for her powerful voice and hit songs. Throughout her career, she has sold more than 43 million records worldwide. Aguilera has achieved five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the fourth female artist to top the chart over three consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s and 2010s). In 2011, she entered the world of television as a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated show “The Voice.” Aguilera continues to use her voice for good. She has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 and has helped raise over $150 million for the World Food Program and other hunger relief agencies.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “Britpop’s new crown princes,” Bastille was introduced internationally with the single “Pompeii,” which is now six-times-Platinum in the U.S. alone. “Pompeii” and subsequent hits “Good Grief” (2016) and “Quarter Past Midnight” (2018) each topped the Mediabase Alternative chart in the States.

Grammy-nominated duo Dan + Shay debuted at the top of Billboard’s top country albums chart with their self-titled third studio album the same week that its lead single, “Tequila,” reached No.1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart. This marked the first time since 2009 that a duo or group debuted on the top country albums chart at the same time as the single hit No. 1 on the country airplay chart.

New Kids On The Block have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide – including back-to-back international No. 1 songs, 1988’s “Hangin’ Tough” and 1990’s “Step By Step” – and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits such as “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Cover Girl,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You,” “Step By Step” and “Tonight.” The group shattered concert box office records playing an estimated 200 concerts a year, in sold out shows throughout the world. This year they celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Hangin’ Tough,” their breakout album that spawned these hits, as well as the 10th anniversary of their reunion, which has seen the group touring sold-out stadiums year after year and releasing several albums, songs and EPs. Their two most recent full-length albums, “The Block” and “10,” landed the group back in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.

Following 2017’s hugely successful “The Total Package Tour,” the group is set to embark alongside very special guests Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature on the aptly titled “The MixTape Tour” in 2019.

Post Malone to Perform from His Current Tour

Multi-Platinum-selling artist Post Malone will perform from a stop on his current tour, in Brooklyn, as part of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019.” Airing just after the midnight countdown, Malone will be the first television performance of 2019. It will also mark Malone’s first time performing on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

Post Malone stirs a mix of genres into his own sonic sound. His RIAA-certified Platinum debut album, “Stoney,” led the genre-bending Dallas artist to his first top 10 on the Billboard 200 and first No. 1 on the Top R&B/hip-hop albums chart. In 2018, his sophomore album, “beerbongs & bentleys,” debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and achieved one of the year’s biggest streaming weeks ever for an album.

Lauren Alaina, Bazzi, Kane Brown, Camila Cabello, Ciara, Halsey, Shawn Mendes and Weezer Added to West Coast Celebration

Chart-topping artists Lauren Alaina, Bazzi, Kane Brown, Camila Cabello, Ciara, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Weezer and a collaboration from Kane Brown featuring Alaina have been added to the lineup for the West Coast celebration of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019.”

These artists join previously announced West Coast host, multi-Platinum music superstar Ciara, and performers Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Foster the People, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai and Charlie Puth, as well as a performance by Macklemore with Skylar Grey presented by Planet Fitness, and a special collaboration from The Chainsmokers featuring Ballerini.

“Our lineup in Hollywood this year is truly outstanding, featuring artists across multiple genres and some incredible crossover hits,” Bracco said. “Music brings people together and we look forward to rockin’ in the New Year with some of the biggest hits of the year.”

Country star Alaina’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, “Road Less Traveled,” landed on multiple “Best Of” lists, including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of 2017. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes her first No. 1 smash on Billboard's country airplay chart, “Road Less Traveled”; the top 25 hit “Doin’ Fine”; and the deeply personal and inspiring “Three.”

Bazzi, one of the biggest breakout artists of 2018, catapulted into mega-status with his massive hit “Mine.” The track, now certified two-times-Platinum, climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's POP SONGS airplay chart and top 3 on the rhythmic songs airplay chart. Bazzi solidified his spot as pop’s most promising newcomer with his follow-up hit “Beautiful,” which included a collaboration with global chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello.

Released Nov. 9, breakthrough star Brown’s second album, “Experiment,” debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking only the third country album release to top the Billboard 200 all year and the first time in 24 years a solo country act topped the all genre chart with a sophomore album. Brown has continued to make history since first releasing his No. 1-debuting, Platinum-selling self-titled debut album in December 2016. Brown topped the Billboard top country albums chart with his Platinum-certified “Kane Brown,” and again with his “Deluxe Edition” reissue of the album, which also sent the set into top 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Multi-Grammy-nominated Cuban born singer/songwriter Cabello released her debut solo album, “Camila,” in January to rave reviews. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time her single, “Havana,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This made her the first soloist in nearly 15 years to reach the No. 1 spot on both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts in the same week for the first time. The RIAA gold-certified album, “Camila,” launched its debut at No. 1 on over 100 iTunes charts around the world, breaking the record for most No. 1 positions for a debut album in iTunes history. At the end of 2018, Camila was nominated for two Grammy awards, “Best Pop Vocal Album” for her album, “Camila,” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Havana” (live).

In November 2018, Cabello was named the new ambassador for Save the Children.

Grammy Award-nominated multi-Platinum alternative pop maverick Halsey claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 with her second release, “hopeless fountain kingdom,” an album Rolling Stone called “bold” in a four-star review, claiming “Halsey could go anywhere from here.” Indeed, since storming on the music scene in 2015, she has garnered over 7 billion streams globally and nearly 6 million global sales, graced the covers of magazines from Nylon to Billboard and Forbes, among others – a far cry from the New Jersey teen who’d escaped her suburban existence for New York, writing poetry and scrounging money for concerts and her next slice of pizza. This fall, she released her new single, “Without Me,” which came on the heels of the summer hit “Eastside” with Benny Blanco and Khalid, which garnered 300 million streams worldwide in just two months. 

Grammy-nominated Toronto born singer/songwriter Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium and Holland. “Shawn Mendes” made him the third youngest solo artist to ever have three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018.

Weezer, an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards) and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals). Weezer has sold 10 million albums in the U.S. and over 35 million records worldwide. Their catalogue has included such megahits as “Buddy Holly,” “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island In The Sun,” “Beverly Hills” and “Pork and Beans.”

Ciara is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, model and actress. Over her 13-year career, she has sold over 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits “Goodies,” “Ride,” “Oh,” “1, 2 Step,” “Body Party,” and “I Bet.” Most recently, Ciara has been scorching this summer with her new song “Level Up” which has transformed into a defining moment for the culture with the subsequent movement it has incited.

Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris to Perform Live from Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans

To ring in the New Year, multiplatinum-selling duo Florida Georgia Line and award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Maren Morris are slated to perform live on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019” from the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans, where locals and tourists gather each year to celebrate the New Year in advance of the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl.

As previously announced, award-winning actress Lucy Hale will return to host the third annual Central Time Zone celebration from New Orleans, providing viewers with exclusive performances and celebrity and fan interviews leading up to the midnight countdown and stunning fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square to ring in the New Year.

“I’m excited to celebrate my first New Year as the mayor of New Orleans and proud to have the ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ team there to mark the moment,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said. “We’re kicking off a whole new chapter in the history of our city and pointing the way forward to the next 300 years!”

“We’re preparing for another stellar ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ event, broadcasting New Orleans ringing in the New Year live from the French Quarter. For the third straight year, this partnership gives us the opportunity to showcase our joie de vivre and penchant for hospitality to a national audience,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of New Orleans & Co. “We’re eager to kick off the new year with a reminder to millions watching at home that nobody hosts celebrations quite like we do.”

“For 85 years, the Sugar Bowl has been bringing the best in college football to our city and guaranteeing that New Orleans is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve,” said Paul Hoolahan, CEO of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. “By adding Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris to the festivities, there’s little doubt that our visitors from Georgia and Texas, along with local fans, will experience a great new year’s celebration.”

Billboard’s first-ever Trailblazer Award recipients, Florida Georgia Line continues to build an ever-expanding empire of innovative artistry and entrepreneurial endeavors. Turning up the heat with “Talk You Out of It,” the steamy single follows platinum chart-topper “Simple” (their 16th No. 1 overall as artists) off their anticipated fourth studio album. FGL’s collaborations have amplified their appeal as the four-times-Platinum-certified, No. 1 “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the Grammy Awards (Feb. 10 on CBS). Shattering records of their own accord, “Meant to Be” also led the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 50 straight weeks, which is now the longest reign overall.

Twenty-eight-year-old singer/songwriter Morris has quickly established herself with vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. Morris’ label-debut album, the Gold-certified “Hero,” released via Columbia Nashville on June 3, 2016. One week after it was available, “Hero” entered the Billboard top country albums chart at No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard 200, which spans across all genres. With this, the Arlington, Texas, native became the first artist in the history of Columbia Nashville to open at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts with a debut album in the SoundScan era. Morris’ debut single from “Hero,” “My Church,” set a record at country radio by having the most chart reporting stations to play a debut single by a country artist with 107 stations the week it hit the airwaves, in addition to being certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Multitalented Hale captured the attention of millions as the star of Freeform's smash hit series "Pretty Little Liars." She was nominated for People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress in 2017. Hale has also won a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress seven times, and she was presented with the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Rising Star. Hale was recently seen starring in the thriller "Truth or Dare," from Blumhouse Productions, alongside Tyler Posey, which was released in April. Hale was also seen in the Netflix Original film "Dude" alongside Kathryn Prescott and Alexandra Shipp.

YouTube Music is the presenting sponsor of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019.”

The complete lineup airing Monday, Dec. 31, on ABC is:

  •  8-10 p.m. ET: “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019 – Part 1”
  • 10-11 p.m.: “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019 – Part 2”
  • 11:30 p.m. to 1:09 a.m.: “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019 – Part 1”
  • 1:09-2:13 a.m.: “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019 – Part 2”

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