Luke Bryan, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, and Demi Lovato join headliner Carrie Underwood live in Times Square as part of ABC’s telecast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016.” Luke Bryan will perform a medley of his hit songs; Demi Lovato will perform “Confident” and “Cool for the Summer” off her new album, Confident; and Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will perform their smash hit “See You Again.” Each performance will take place in the hours leading up to the 2016 countdown, performing for over 1 million fans live in Times Square, and millions more on TV. They join previously announced performers One Direction, who will headline the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles.
There will be over 38 performances and 5 ½ hours of music, America’s biggest celebration of the year will take place on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 (8 p.m. – 2:13 a.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.
The show will include hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe. Ryan Seacrest will host and lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City as he has for the last 10 years with live reporting from actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy. Pop star Fergie will oversee the festivities at the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles.
Luke Bryan – Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 14 singles at #1 and sold nearly 8 million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his five studio albums. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Luke’s new album, Kill The Lights, recently debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. This is Luke’s third-consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Kill The Lights was the third-largest-selling album debut in all genres at the time of its release in August, after R&B and hip hop releases from Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Kill The Lights is also the highest country album debut in the last two years, since his own Crash My Party debuted at #1 in August 2013.
Wiz Khalifa – Multi-platinum selling recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst on the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, Rolling Papers, in March 2011, which spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up” and “No Sleep.” He has earned a career total of seven Grammy nominations, including this year’s nods for Best Rap Song (“We Dem Boyz”) and Best Rap Album (Blacc Hollywood). Other nominated tracks include the chart-topping “Black and Yellow,” 2012’s RIAA platinum-certified “Remember You (Feat. The Weeknd),” 2011’s “Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars),” Wiz’s 3x platinum-certified, top 10 smash partnership with Snoop Dogg (featured on their 2011 collaborative soundtrack, Mac & Devin Go to High School), and Maroon 5’s 2012 worldwide hit “Payphone (Feat. Wiz Khalifa).” Wiz Khalifa’s most recent album, Blacc Hollywood, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. His current hit, “See You Again,” off the “Furious 7” soundtrack, catapulted to the top of the charts across 95 countries. Holding the #1 spot for 12-consecutive weeks, “See You Again” broke records by being Spotify’s most-streamed track in a single day in the United States and in a single week in 26 countries. Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy’s national co-headlining “Boys of Zummer Tour” hit over 40 amphitheaters across North America before its final show at the famed Hollywood Bowl on August 10th. For more information please visit www.wizkhalifa.com.
Demi Lovato – With a fan base that includes over 25 million Instagram followers, 31 million Twitter followers and 37 million Facebook fans, the singer-songwriter, actress and philanthropist released her fifth studio album, titled Confident, on October 16. Her debut smash single from the album, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 35 countries upon launch. She recently debuted her new single, “Confident” on Saturday Night Live to rave reviews, and in partnership with Island Records, Nick Jonas, and long-time manager, Phil McIntyre, Lovato helped launch her own artist-centric record label, Safehouse Records. Her previous album, Demi, hit #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries and produced platinum singles “Heart Attack,” “Neon Lights” and “Really Don’t Care.” To celebrate the success of DEMI, Lovato performed on stages all over the world when she embarked on two sold-out headlining tours (“Neon Lights Tour” and “Demi World Tour”), as well as countless national TV shows including “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Ellen” and more. Next summer, Lovato will combine forces with Nick Jonas for the highly anticipated “Future Now: The Tour,” visiting over 40 cities in North America. In addition to her musical accomplishments, the business woman and entrepreneur released her New York Times best-seller, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, and launched her very own skin-care line, Devonne by Demi. As an outspoken advocate for causes close to her heart, she remains devoted to giving back and serves as a role model by sharing her personal experiences. In honor of her late father, she launched The Lovato Treatment Scholarship, which raises awareness for mental health and addiction issues while providing funds to those who cannot otherwise afford treatment.
Charlie Puth – Charlie Puth has fast become a worldwide star thanks to the international smash hit, “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa (Feat. Charlie Puth). The 3x RIAA platinum certified track, which was co-written and co-produced by Puth, is featured on Atlantic Records’ Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It has entered the history books as one of the decade’s biggest singles, topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” for a stunning 12 weeks, hit No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Songs chart in a remarkable 101 countries, and shattered Spotify records by becoming the most streamed track ever in a single day (with 3.18 million global streams on April 8th alone) and in a single week (a stunning 21.9 million worldwide streams). Puth is also seeing huge success with his hit single “Marvin Gaye,” featuring Meghan Trainor, which is featured on his upcoming debut album, Nine Track Mind, along with current single “One Call Away.” As if that weren’t enough, Puth recently teamed up with Lil Wayne for “Nothing But Trouble,” the new single from Big Beat Records’ hugely anticipated soundtrack for 808, the landmark documentary chronicling the incredible story of the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. A Berklee College of Music graduate, Puth has found himself among modern pop’s most in-demand co-writers and producers – recent credits include two tracks on Jason Derulo’s acclaimed new album, Everything Is 4, the R&B chart-topping single “Slow Motion” by Atlantic’s own Trey Songz, and further collaborations with Fergie and many more not yet announced.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016” is produced by dick clark productions with Ryan Seacrest, Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan serving as executive producers and Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are co-executive producers. Larry Klein is producer.
The complete lineup, Thursday, December 31, on ABC is:
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. – “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016”
11:30 – 1:09 a.m. – “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016, Part 1”
1:10 – 2:13 a.m. – “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016, Part 2”
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