Billy Joel is Releasing His First New Music in Nearly 20 Years


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Billy Joel, the prolific singer-songwriter with iconic hits including “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” announced Tuesday he’s releasing his first new single in 17 years.

Dropping Feb. 1 — next Thursday — “Turn the Lights Back On” is his first new music since 2007 (the single “All My Life”) and only his second since 1996 (when he covered he recorded Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Hey Girl” and Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love,” for his 1997 album, “Greatest Hits Volume III”).

His last full-length album was 2001’s “Fantasies & Dreams,” solely classical compositions that are a bit of a departure from the vibrant pop and story-like lyricism fans know him for. His last pop record was 1993’s “River of Dreams.”

Which is not to say the Poet of Long Island has been resting on his laurels all these years — Joel has kept plenty busy with frequent performances and several residencies at Madison Square Garden (“Barbie” co-writers and real-life couple Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach even attended one of the MSG shows after they tied the knot recently!). He’ll end his current residency there in July with his 150th show.

Joel, 74, alluded to the new song on TikTok following his debut on the platform, per a press release on his official website. Watch that video below:

@billyjoelBilly has some good news and bad news. Stay tuned for more! – Team Joel♬ original sound – Billy Joel

If you’re a record collector, the single will be pressed onto a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl. Fans know can pre-order or pre-save the new song at

“In the lyrics, he asks, ‘Did I wait too long… to turn the lights back on?’” reads the official press release. We think we can speak for other fans when we say: It’s never too late for new Billy Joel music!

This article originally appeared on SimpleMost and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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