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Billy Joel Drops Clip for New Single 'Turn The Lights Back On,' Will Announce More Feb. 1

The Piano Man has a new song out, his first since his 2007 solo single 'All My Life.'

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Billy Joel's first new song since 2007.

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Billy Joel, the piano-playing singer-songwriter who has been a mainstay of pop music since 1971, is readying a return, 17 years in the making, with a new single, "Turn the Lights Back On," arriving on Feb. 1. Joel first teased the news on his TikTok account last month with an onstage live monologue to his audience. saying: "I have good news, I have bad news, I’ll give you the bad news first. We don’t have anything new to play for you.

"The good news is you don’t have to sit through something you have no idea what it is! Although … we got a little something we’re working on you might hear sometime."

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Releasing on Feb. 1 on all streaming services (and available to pre-order on 7" vinyl), "Turn The Lights Back On" is, according to the artist's press release, "ushering in the next chapter of his story." The song was produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Freddy Wexler (Demi Lovato, P!nk) and written by Wexler, Arthur Bacon, Wayne Hector, and Joel.

His last full-length album of original rock music, River of Dreams, was released in 1993. After that, Joel released 2001's Fantasies & Delusions, his only studio album to contain classical compositions. There have been compilations — previous to this, his 1985 Greatest Hits Volume I & II is 23x Certified Platinum, second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller — live recordings, and a few singles, the last of which was a Valentine's Day release in 2007, "All My Life."

He was candid in a 2021 interview with Howard Stern about his songwriting stoppage. "I stopped writing songs because I couldn't be as good as I wanted to be. It became too aggravating, it became too frustrating, so I stopped," he said, later adding, "I just haven’t had a desire to do it."

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It's still rock and roll to him. Joel at his Madison Square residency, October, 2023.

His legacy in the world of popular music is undeniable, with awards and accolades (six Grammys, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honoree in 1999 and Kennedy Center honors in 2013). However, his "free time" has been spent rocking the house down at Madison Square Garden. He began a one-show-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden in January of 2014, and will step down from the piano bench with his 150th show at the venue this coming July.

The 74-year-old Joel announced earlier he will tour North America in 2024 with Stevie Nicks and, separately, Sting throughout the summer. After wrapping up the 150 show MSG residency, he will be in Cardiff (his only UK gig and his first in Wales) on August 8 with support from Chris Isaak.


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