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Billy Joel Releases First Single In 17 Years & Set to Take The Stage At The GRAMMY® Awards


By Stevie Connor.



Columbia Records releases Billy Joel’s first new single in decades, “Turn the Lights Back On,”. Available on all DSPs and pressed on limited-edition 7” vinyl. The single comes alongside a lyric video on Billy’s official YouTube channel. “Turn the Lights Back On” was produced by GRAMMY-nominated songwriter and producer Freddy Wexler and written by Wexler, Arthur Bacon, Wayne Hector, and Joel.

 

The six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inductee and Kennedy Center® honouree is set to take the stage this Sunday at the 2024 GRAMMYs, airing at 8PM ET on CityTV/CBS and Paramount+. Please check local listings.

 

Billy initially alluded to the song on TikTok, following his debut on the platform. Now, he delivers a classic Billy Joel-style tune, embodying the hallmarks of his signature sound and ushering in the next chapter of his story. In the lyrics, he asks, “Did I wait too long… to turn the lights back on?”

 

Billy Joel remains one of the most influential artists of all time and a generational storyteller without comparison. Beyond selling over 160 million albums around the world and emerging as “the fourth-best-selling solo artist in the United states, he has garnered six GRAMMY® Awards out of 23 nominations. Among dozens of accolades, he earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame® in 1992, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® in 1999, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame® in 2006.


Moreover, he became the MusiCares “Person of the Year” in 2002 and received the Kennedy Center® Honors in 2013. Making history, his double-diamond Greatest Hits – Volume I & Volume II stands out as “the sixth most-certified album of all time.” Hits such as “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl,” and “We Didn’t Start The Fire” have resounded through eras, even enshrining him among the Top Artists on Spotify. Upon his 100th sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, the state of New York (his home) declared July 18 “Billy Joel Day.” In 2024,he shares his first new song in decades “Turn the Lights Back On.”




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