MULTIPLATINUM 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

This year’s hottest musical acts including chart-topping artists Kelly Clarkson, Kane Brown, BTS, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth join the largest celebration of the year performing from the Hollywood Party on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018.” A knockout collaboration from Khalid and Marshmello will also rock the west coast festivities from Los Angeles, where Ciara is set to host the event leading up to the 2018 countdown. America’s largest celebration of the year will take place on SUNDAY, DEC. 31, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network. Additional performers will be announced soon.

“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.

Multiple GRAMMY Award® winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eagerly anticipated eighth studio album “Meaning of Life.” Her first release with Atlantic Records, “Meaning of Life” is the album Clarkson was destined to make, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of “American Idol”’s inaugural season and has grown to be one the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 No. 1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. Clarkson has released eight studio albums (“Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” “All I Ever Wanted,” “Stronger,” “Wrapped In Red,” “Piece By Piece,” “Meaning of Life”), one greatest hits album, and two children’s books (New York Times Top 10 bestseller “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” and the recent follow-up “River Rose and the Magical Christmas”). She is the recipient of three GRAMMY Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Association Award. Clarkson was also recently announced as a coach on the 14th season the “The Voice,” in addition to serving as a Key Advisor on the current season’s Knockout Round.

Even before signing his record deal in early 2016, rising star Kane Brown had already established a passionate online following in the millions. Almost immediately, the RCA Nashville/Zone 4 singer/songwriter made chart history with the release of “Chapter 1,” which became the highest-debuting country EP of the Nielsen SoundScan era and featured the RIAA gold-certified “Used to Love You Sober.” His recently gold-certified “Kane Brown” full-length released in December 2016, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top 10 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart and remains country’s best new artist debut of the past three years. This past October, Brown made history again by becoming the first artist ever to achieve No. 1 on all five Billboard country charts simultaneously – No. 1 on Top Country Albums with the deluxe edition of his self-titled debut, No. 1 on Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming Songs with his last single, the platinum-certified “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina, and No. 1 on the Country Digital Songs chart with “Heaven,” his current single. Brown, who earned a 2017 ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year nomination, just completed his special guest billing on Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know Tour, is looking forward to joining Chris Young’s Losing Sleep Tour in 2018 and is about to headline the first arena headlining date of his career on December 15.

Within four years of their 2013 debut, BTS went from winning several newcomer awards – including the Newcomer Award at the 2014 Golden Disc Awards, New Artist Award at the 2014 Seoul Music Awards and Best New Artist at the 2015 Japan Gold Disc Awards – to becoming full-fledged Korean super idols. Comprised of band members RM, V, JungKook, Jin, Suga, J-Hope and Jimin, their remarkable impact is felt not only in Korea and all of Asia but across the globe. Concert tickets and merchandise sales around the world confirm their universal appeal. Most recently, BTS has been recognized with awards including Best Korean Act at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards, Choice International Artist at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards and Favorite International Artist or Group at the 2017 Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards. BTS also won the Top Social Artist award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, ultimately proving K-pop can compete and thrive on a global scale. Most recently, BTS made their U.S. television performance debut at the 2017 American Music Awards, where they performed their lead single “DNA” from EP “Love Yourself: Her.”

Multiplatinum artists Fitz and The Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bonafide hitmakers. Their latest album – titled “Fitz and the Tantrums” (Elektra) – features the Los Angeles-based sextet’s biggest hit to date, the RIAA-certified platinum multiformat smash “HandClap.” The band has brought the infectious energy of their live shows to the small screen, with nationally televised performances on “Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Morning America,” “TODAY,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” among others. Fitz and The Tantrums’ eponymous album follows their breakout major label debut, 2013’s “More Than Just A Dream,” which featured back-to-back, chart-topping, platinum-certified singles in “The Walker” and “Out Of My League.” The band has performed countless, sold-out headlining shows and is always a standout at music festivals around the world, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and more. The band’s first full-length album, 2010’s “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” (released on indie label Dangerbird Records), spent 68 weeks on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, peaking at No. 1. Fitz and The Tantrums are  Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals), James King (saxophone, flute), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), Joseph Karnes (bass), and John Wicks (drums, percussion).

Five-time GRAMMY-nominated artist Khalid released “Location” before his high school graduation and it garnered over 1.52 million plays in less than two months, which led to his major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. Khalid’s debut album, “American Teen,” has received mass critical acclaim with praise from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Billboard, NYLON, and many more. Billboard stated, “…effortlessly excellent…the kid is still so young, but this body of work is beyond his years.” Khalid has also performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” “The Today Show,” and at this year’s SXSW where he won MTV’s Woodie To Watch Award. Additionally, Khalid embarked on his first-ever headlining tour in both the U.S. and select European cities where he sold out every single date before the album was even released. In addition to his own headlining tours, Khalid has toured with the likes of Lorde and Travis Scott. He has also been featured on a number of collaborative songs, including mega hits “1-800-273-8255” with Logic and Alessia Cara, and “Silence” with Marshmello. Khalid has over 1 billion streams worldwide across all partners, and he is one of two solo teenagers to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the last 12 months. This summer, Khalid was the face of Forever 21’s Summer Digital Campaign, #F21xMusic, Men’s Line and was named MTV Push: Artist to Watch for the month of July. He was nominated for a 2017 BET Award for Best New Artist, a Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song for “Location,” and a 2017 American Music Award for Favorite Song-Soul/R&B for “Location” where he also performed a show-stopping mash-up of “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Thunder” with Imagine Dragons. Khalid also won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, recently landed on the cover of Billboard’s 2018 GRAMMY Preview issue and is GRAMMY nominated for Best New Artist, Song of the Year (“1-800-273-8255” – Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid), Best R&B Song (“Location”), Best Urban Contemporary Album (American Teen) and Best Music Video (“1-800-273-8255” – Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid). Khalid’s “Location” is officially certified triple platinum by the RIAA and his latest single “Young Dumb & Broke” is also certified platinum.

Marshmello, the anonymous producer/DJ, is taking the music industry by storm. Becoming one of the fastest rising dance producers in history, his fan base ranges from children to adults who have helped him gather over 2 billion streams and over 300 consecutive sold-out shows worldwide, currently making him one of Spotify’s Top 10 most-listened-to artists in the world. Catapulting his career with his official remix of Jack U and Justin Bieber’s global hit “Where Are U Now” which collected over 40 million plays on Spotify & SoundCloud in less than six months. The masked producer’s debut album, “Joytime,” charted at No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic Albums on release day and landed in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums. Marshmello’s track “Alone” propelled his monumental success with over 117 million Spotify plays and over 900 million video views, making it certified platinum in only one year. Collaborations with a wide variety of artists, most recently with music’s pop princess Selena Gomez “Wolves” hit No. 1 on Billboards Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart. All the while his platinum hit single “Silence” featuring Khalid has over 300 million streams on Spotify and risen to No. 8 on Spotify’s Global charts. As the layers of mystery continue to surround the man behind the mask, there is no doubt Marshmello’s rapid takeover of the electronic sphere will continue to leave everyone wanting more.

Shawn Mendes scored his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart with the release of his sophomore album “Illuminate,” which hit No. 1 on iTunes in over 65 countries. The album was recorded with GRAMMY-nominated producer Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran’s “+” and “x” albums), and its lead single “Treat You Better” peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 44 countries and soared to Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Current single “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” is 3x platinum and has scored Shawn his second No.1 single on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x platinum single “Stitches” from Shawn’s platinum debut album “Handwritten.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved two No. 1 Billboard 200 album chart debuts, two platinum albums, and seven consecutive platinum and multiplatinum singles, including “Illuminate”’s smash hits “Treat You Better,” “Mercy” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” Shawn is currently on his Illuminate World Tour, his first-ever headlining arena tour, with sold-out dates at LA’s Staples Center and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Shawn topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” this year and has been named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens” of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in 2016. He won “Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary” at the 2017 American Music Awards, “Favorite New Artist” at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards, and also won awards in the categories of “Best Male” and “Best Worldwide Act” at the 2016 MTV EMAs. He was nominated in the category of “Best Pop” at the 2017 VMAs.

New Jersey-born multiplatinum and multiple GRAMMY Award-nominated artist, songwriter, and producer Charlie Puth catapulted to superstardom in 2016 at light speed. He maintained this perpetual motion in 2017 with hits “Attention” and “How Long,” the first two singles released from Puth’s highly anticipated sophomore album, “VoiceNotes,” slated for 2018. The album’s first single “Attention,” which became Puth’s fifth RIAA-certified platinum-selling single, third Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 and first No. 1 on pop radio, cracked 3 million Spotify streams in just a week, and its sexy music video racked up over 3 million views in under 24 hours. The New York Times praised it as “a sinister thumper” while noting upon the release of “How Long”’ that “the once tightly controlled pop-soul singer is maturing with a robust second act full of bruises.” Puth’s RIAA platinum-certified first album “NINE TRACK MIND” made a remarkable chart debut upon its 2016 release, hitting No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums Chart, fueled by the 2x RIAA platinum-certified top 40 smashes, “One Call Away” and “Marvin Gaye” (featuring Meghan Trainor), as well as the 3x RIAA platinum-certified “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (featuring Selena Gomez). A worldwide phenomenon, the debut album reached No. 1 on iTunes charts in 28 countries around the globe. Puth fully exploded onto the music scene as a songwriter, producer and vocalist on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” the emotional tribute to Paul Walker in “FURIOUS 7.” The song has officially entered the history books as one of the decade’s biggest singles, topping Billboard’s Hot 100 for a stunning 12 weeks and has become YouTube’s “second most popular video of all time.” It won two BillboardMusic Awards, a Critic’s Choice Award for “Best Song,” a Hollywood Film Award, 2 Teen Choice Awards, a Golden Globe® Award nomination in the category of “Best Original Song” and three GRAMMY Award nods, including the prestigious “Song of the Year.”

“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.

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

08:00-10:00 p.m. EST – “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 – Part 1”

10:00-11:00 p.m. EST – “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 – Part 2”

11:30 p.m.-1:09 a.m. EST – “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 – Part 1”

1:09-2:13 a.m. EST – “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 – Part 2”

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