Ever since “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift has been living out what might be her biggest year yet as an entertainer. Now she’s planning to wrap 2014 up the way so many others will: in New York City’s Times Square. A new press release says Taylor will give “a performance of her hit songs for over 1 million fans in Times Square live on ABC’s telecast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” The special, which Seacrest has hosted for the past nine years, will feature “five and a half hours of music.”
“Each year New Year’s Rockin’ Eve continues its iconic legacy by delivering incredible performances from the year’s hottest artists, and this year is no exception,” says Seacrest, who is also the show’s executive producer. “We already have secured an unprecedented number of music acts, culminating with a Times Square performance by Taylor, the biggest superstar in music today.”
Hyperbole on Seacrest’s part? Nah. Predictions have Taylor’s first-week sales for 1989, her impending fifth album, climbing to 800,000 or 900,000 copies. If so, it’ll be the biggest sales week since Justin Timberlake put out the first part of The 20/20 Experience in March 2013 to the tune of 968,000 copies sold. Billboardrecently found the new record to be Taylor’s “best work … an album that finds Swift meeting Katy and Miley and Pink on their home turf and staring them down.”
Fans wondering what to expect from the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve gig might take a peak at Taylor’s Thursday night performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she did “Shake It Off” and “Out of the Woods” right on Hollywood Boulevard for 15,000 fans.