Taylor Swift is ringing in the new year, fittingly, as a headliner. The genre-hopping singer has signed on for ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015,” during which she’ll perform live in Times Square for over 1 million fans. In total, the telecast will feature 38 performances and five-and-a-half hours of music and is set to air Wednesday, December 31st at 8 p.m. ET.
The event will feature reports and special performances broadcast from across the globe, with executive producer Seacrest hosting the event – in his 10th overall stint – from the New Year’s home base in New York City’s Times Square.
“Each year, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve continues its iconic legacy by delivering incredible performances from the year’s hottest artists, and this year is no exception,” Seacrest said in a statement, calling Swift “the biggest superstar in music today.”
Like virtually every other year in Swift’s career, 2014 has been kind to the country-turned-pop giant. This week marks the release of her fifth studio album, 1989, which, as Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield notes in his review, finds the singer “[indulging] her crush on Eighties synth-pop.” In a limp year for album sales – in which overall numbers are down 14 percent, according to Nielsen Soundscan – spectators are hoping the LP could offer a much-needed boost.
Over the weekend, Swift joined a group of high-profile artists – including Iggy Azalea, Lady Antebellum and Pharrell Williams – at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for CBS Radio’s annual “We Can Survive” benefit, which contributed portions of ticket sales to help breast cancer survivors.