Taylor Swift is the next generation Beatles according to Billy Joel

The 72-year-old pianist is full of praise for the American singer with multiple records who, according to him, has not compromised between popularity and creativity.

To find “the new ones Beatles » is as much an exercise in style as it is tradition. The qualifier – laudatory or not, according to taste – has been distributed to an innumerable quantity of musical groups since the end of the 1960s, from the British of Electric Light Orchestra to the South Koreans of BTS, passing by Justin Bieber and other One Direction. Never mind that the comparison has long since been emptied of its literal meaning: the consecrated expression now designates any king of world pop. Or queen, in this case, if we trust the last statements of the American singer and pianist Billy Joel about Taylor Swift.

“She is like the Beatles of this generation”said the 72-year-old artist in an interview published in November in the American daily USA Today . Asked about contemporary musicians, Billy Joel invoked the name of the 32-year-old singer who has been around the heights of popularity for several years. So much so that in the spring of 2021 it exceeded a record held for 55 years by the Beatles by winning in less than twelve months the first place of the charts British with three different albums. “She’s great. We can only applaud him. She knows music and knows how to write.said Billy Joel, praising an artist “very talented, productive and still coming up with great concepts and songs”.

Adele, a “Streisand Rebirth”

Himself an international pop-rock star with more than 150 million albums sold in 50 years of career, Billy Joel also praised the Briton Adele, “a phenomenal singer, like a revival of (Barbra) Streisand». And a commercial juggernaut, too, 30, his last album released in November having sold more than a million copies worldwide. As with Taylor Swift, the American pianist seems to have recognized in her an artist whose incredible success has never denied her immense talent.

In the same interview for USA TodayBilly Joel was delighted to see the great mixing of generations that had hatched in his time, after the Second World War, continue. “When I was a kid, my generation didn’t like my parents’ music. They were listening to classical music, (Frank) Sinatra , Perry Como, those kind of singers. We kind of left them in the past,” recalled the pianist, finding it somewhat surprising that this outspoken iconoclasm is less marked these days. “There are a lot of young people who look back to the past again and love their parents’ music, which is a strange phenomenon.“, he observed. By adding : “I’m grateful to them, because at least they make more noise.” A noise inaugurated by the first groupies ofElvis Presley. And shortly after, by the no less roaring Beatles buffs.

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Taylor Swift is the next generation Beatles according to Billy Joel


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