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Billy Joel announces first new single in 17 years

Billy Joel announces first new single in 17 years
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Billy Joel has announced that he will be releasing his first new single in 17 years.

After a 17-year hiatus from recording, the music icon has announced that he will be releasing a new single called Turn The Lights Back On in February.

According to a press release, the new song is 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?'"

The Piano Man hitmaker, 74, hinted at new music during a performance at Madison Square Garden in December last year.

"I have good news and bad news," the six-time Grammy winner told the crowd. "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."

Turn The Lights Back On is the first true single Billy has released since the release of All My Life in 2007. The 2007 hit reached number one on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales Chart.

The Vienna singer's last studio album, Fantasies & Delusions, was released in 2001.

The track was produced and co-written by Freddy Wrexler, who has worked with artists including Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber and Kanye West.

Columbia Records will release the single on streaming platforms on 1 February with an accompanying limited edition 7" vinyl.

It is not yet known if the single will be followed by an album.

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