Billy Joel compares Taylor Swift to THE BEATLES as he raves about the music icon: 'She's huge'  1

Billy Joel compares Taylor Swift to THE BEATLES as he raves about the music icon: ‘She’s huge’ 

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Billy Joel compares Taylor Swift to THE BEATLES as he raves about the music icon: ‘She’s huge’


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Taylor Swift has come a long way since her first studio album came out in 2006, and legendary artist Billy Joel noticed. 

The Piano Man singer, 72, praised the Bad Blood singer’s talents and paid her one of the highest compliments any person in the music business can receive. 

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‘She’s like that generation’s Beatles,’ Joel said in an interview with USA Today.  

Paying a compliment: Billy Joel, pictured 2015, praised Taylor Swift's talents and paid her one of the highest compliments any person in the music business can receive

Paying a compliment: Billy Joel, pictured 2015, praised Taylor Swift’s talents and paid her one of the highest compliments any person in the music business can receive

Swift has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has won 11 Grammy Awards at just 32 years old.  

He continued, ‘Taylor is also a very talented girl and she’s productive and keeps coming up with great concepts and songs and she’s huge.’

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While Joel’s fans mainly consist of older audience members, he also noted in the interview that a number of younger people are hearing him about him through references in the work of younger artists. 

‘There are a lot of younger people now looking backward and they like their parents’ music, which is a strange phenomenon,’ he said. ‘I’ll be in the car with [my kids] when they make me turn [the radio] on and I might hear a reference to me.’ 

'She's like that generation's Beatles': Joel said in an interview with USA Today (pictured March 2021)

‘She’s like that generation’s Beatles’: Joel said in an interview with USA Today (pictured March 2021)

Coming back around: While Joel's fans mainly consist of older people, Joel also noted that a number of younger people are hearing about him through references in the work of younger artists (seen October 2018)

Coming back around: While Joel’s fans mainly consist of older people, Joel also noted that a number of younger people are hearing about him through references in the work of younger artists (seen October 2018)

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Joel gave the interview to USA Today to promote his return to the Madison Square Garden Residency he’s regularly maintained for years. 

He’s performed at the site regularly for since 2014. Next July will mark his 82nd monthly show and the 128th all time. 

While he still regularly tours, he hasn’t released a a pop album since 1993.   

His old stomping grounds: Joel gave the interview to USA Today to promote his return to the Madison Square Garden Residency he's maintained for years (pictured November 2021)

His old stomping grounds: Joel gave the interview to USA Today to promote his return to the Madison Square Garden Residency he’s maintained for years (pictured November 2021)

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Work all the time: Swift has been releasing music consistently over the last few years (pictured October 2021)

Work all the time: Swift has been releasing music consistently over the last few years (pictured October 2021)

Swift, on the other hand, has been releasing music consistently over the last few years. 

The star appeared on five singles which were released this year including No Body, No Crime which featured Haim and a rereleased version of Love Story that peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top 100.   

She released two re-recordings of her albums this year including Red which came out in the middle of November 2021.      

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