1. James Taylor Reflects on 'Intense' Year, Grammy Nod & Says He's 'Gonna Miss' President Obama

    December 18, 2015 3:01 PM EST James Taylor  had a fruitful -- and busy -- year. He scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Before This World , toured around the world, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and tallied another Grammy Award nomination. The five-time Grammy winner (who is also a…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: James Taylor Interview, Oscar Best Song Chatter, Our Broadway Wish List & More

    December 16, 2015 8:18 PM EST Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard…

  3. James Taylor, Janet Jackson and More Legendary Stars Who Rang Up Big Chart Numbers in 2015

    December 15, 2015 12:09 PM EST was a big year for legendary stars to make their return. From Janet Jackson's Unbreakable  to James Taylor's Before This World (the singer's first-ever No. 1 album), over-40 stars gave younger artists a run for their money on the charts.   This story originally appeared in…

  4. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash Continue No Nukes Advocacy As Paris Climate Talks Wind Down

    December 11, 2015 10:43 AM EST Bonnie Raitt—who co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) with Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and others—has roundly rejected pro-nuclear-power arguments heard during the Paris climate talks. A longtime environmental activist, Raitt reacted to recent commentaries in the New York Times…

  5. Barbra Streisand Leaves President Obama 'Verklempt' at Medal of Freedom Ceremony

    November 24, 2015 7:18 PM EST James Taylor, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Itzhak Perlman and Stephen Sondheim also among musical honorees. In light of the Paris attacks earlier this month, it was the perfect time for President Obama to recognize all the beauty and inspiration music brings into our lives by honoring a…

  6. Watch James Taylor & Stephen Colbert Sing 'You Can Close Your Eyes' on 'The Late Show'

    November 19, 2015 9:08 AM EST Stephen Colbert has been known to show off his musical chops occasionally during his late night career -- but it's usually with a wink. Last night, though, he joined James Taylor for a completely serious duet on Taylor's classic song "You Can Close Your Eyes." J ohn Legend…

  7. James Taylor Premieres 'Fire and Rain' In-Studio Live Video From Tonight's 'Guitar Center Sessions'

    November 13, 2015 1:57 PM EST The eleventh season of Guitar Center Sessions premieres tonight (Nov. 13), and Billboard has an exclusive early peek at the headlining star performing his signature song.  Storied singer-songwriter James Taylor is set to kick off the season tonight, and below, you can watch him perform “Fire…

  8. Carly Simon Premieres Poignant Duet With Son Ben Taylor 'I Can't Thank You Enough'

    November 12, 2015 12:58 PM EST Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s a little family-oriented duet that should make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside -- it’s storied songwriter Carly Simon duetting with her son Ben Taylor on an ode to devotion called “I Can’t Thank You Enough.” The track is one of two…

  9. Carole King Reflects on Her Classic, Chart-Topping 'Tapestry' Album

    November 12, 2015 9:00 AM EST How an "absolutely sincere" easy-listening LP recorded amid Laurel Canyon's early-'70s hippie bliss remains one of the biggest-charting (and universally beloved) albums of all time, more than 40 years later. See the All-Time Charts:  Billboard 200 Albums  |  Billboard 200…

  10. Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson to Help Obamas Celebrate the Arts

    October 12, 2015 5:26 AM EDT Queen Latifah , Smokey Robinson and Trombone Shorty are among the performing artists who will help celebrate the arts at the White House on Wednesday. They will be joined by Usher , James Taylor , Audra McDonald and others for a PBS special hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife,…

  11. James Taylor Talks Beatles, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Kimmel & More at Grammy Museum

    September 26, 2015 3:30 PM EDT Capping a whirlwind week in Los Angeles appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! -- plus taping an episode of DirecTV’s Guitar Center Sessions -- James Taylor regaled a packed house Saturday night (Sept. 25) at the Grammy Museum. The occasion: an intimate conversation…

  12. James Taylor Says He 'Should Be Getting Half' of Streaming Money, Talks Neil Young's Pono

    July 07, 2015 7:57 AM EDT James Taylor is OK with the booming streaming music business, but he believes artists deserve 50 percent of the profits. “If someone’s going to be making money off of my recorded music, I think that I should be getting half of that money that they’re making because I’m the one who generated…

  13. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor Debut With 'Marvin Gaye' Ode

    June 26, 2015 3:58 PM EDT The bow marks Puth's first entry as a lead. Plus, moves for The Weeknd, Fifth Harmony, Ed Sheeran & Adam Lambert. As previously reported , Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth , leads the Billboard Hot 100 (dated July 4) for a 10th…

  14. A Tale of Two Taylors: Swift No. 1, James No. 3 on Billboard Artist 100

    June 26, 2015 9:05 AM EDT Taylor Swift remains the country's top musical act, while the artist for whom she's named, James Taylor, soars in. Taylor Swift tops the Billboard Artist 100 (dated July 4) for a record-extending 30th week, remaining the top musical act in the U.S. Meanwhile, James Taylor blasts…

  15. James Taylor Thanks Fans for No. 1 Debut: 'It's a Totally New Experience For Me'

    June 25, 2015 7:16 PM EDT After a 45-year wait, James Taylor is plenty grateful to top the Billboard 200 chart with Before This World and wants his fans to know it.  After 45-Year Wait, James Taylor Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart The legendary singer/songwriter posted a video to YouTube…

  16. James Taylor is Still Soul-Searching on 'Before This World': Album Review

    June 23, 2015 5:29 PM EDT Like all New Englanders, James Taylor loves road trips. "My favorite thing is to miss my home when I'm gone," sings the 67-year-old Massachusetts native on the bluesy "Stretch of Highway," a cut from Before This World , his first album of originals in more than 10…

  17. Who's the Ultimate '70s Singer-Songwriter? We Picked -- Now You Decide

    June 22, 2015 4:10 PM EDT James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell -- who do you think defines defines the gentler, shaggier era best? Now we want to know what you think: Who do you think is the ultimate '70s singer-songwriter? Vote now. A version of this story originally appeared in the June 27…

  18. Jason Derulo, Muse Rule U.K. Charts

    June 22, 2015 4:01 AM EDT Jason Derulo rules the U.K. singles chart for a fourth week with “Want To Want Me” (Warner Bros.). The Official Charts Company’s sales data, published Sunday, showed Muse moving into a second week atop the album survey with Drones  (Helium 3/Warner Bros).  Derulo’s single had combined chart…

  19. Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood to Spin Their Favorite James Taylor Songs on SiriusXM

    June 19, 2015 4:49 PM EDT You just might hear a Nashville power couples on the SiriusXM airwaves this weekend -- but not as recording artists. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be hosting special guest DJ session on James Taylor 's limited-run SiriusXM channel. They played their 10 favorite James Taylor songs…

  20. James Taylor: 'It's So Unlikely That I Should Be Considered a Pillar of Society'

    June 19, 2015 1:55 PM EDT “It's been a while,” James Taylor writes with typical wry humor in the liner notes to Before This World , his first album of new material in 13 years, released by Concord Records on June 16. Rare among his peers, Taylor has never made a stylistic digression; like the 15 releases…

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