The Beatles

The Mississippi-born singer-songwriter’s 1967 major-label debut, “Ode to Billie Joe,” was a country-music landmark, Deep South noir cut with home-demo intimacy and Pet Sounds–like radiance. Her second album, 1968’s The Delta Sweete, was the first country-rock opera, a suite of rural-life memories wreathed in the eerie luxury of Love’s Forever Changes. Later work hewed closer […]

In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, devoted to the Beatles’ White Album, Rob Sheffield makes a bold suggestion: Based on the discarded songs on the new “Super Deluxe” edition, it could have just as easily been a triple album. George Harrison’s  “Not Guilty” and Paul McCartney’s “Junk,” both included as powerful acoustic […]

Ringo Starr is having a big moment. Pushing 80, the Beatle drummer shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the revelatory new Super Deluxe edition of the White Album, his legend is getting a boost. Fans can savor new dimensions to his playing on the 1968 masterpiece, in the definitive new mix from Giles […]

There’s a moment on the Beatles’ new “Super Deluxe” edition of the White Album that sums up all the glories of their 1968 masterpiece. And weirdly, that moment is “Good Night.” There’s always been something mysterious about “Good Night” — the album’s orchestral finale. It’s a tender ballad from John, one he always meant for […]

We’re three weeks into October and Drake has been busy. The Toronto rapper was featured on Lil Baby and Gunna’s “Never Recover,” appeared in French Montana’s “No Stylist” video, made a splash in the visual for Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” lent a guest verse to Quavo’s “Flip The Switch,” appeared on Lebron James’s HBO series The Shop to defend […]

Over a half-century after its release, the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been named the most popular British album of all time. The Official Charts Company, which has tracked album sales in the U.K. since 1969, proclaimed the Fab Four’s 1967 masterpiece as Britain’s favorite album, using a metric based on album […]

“Yoko and I always live about two-thousand light years’ speed when we’re working,” John Lennon says in one of the 1971 interviews unearthed on the new box set Imagine: The Ultimate Collection. “It’s usually moving very fast and there’s always a small hurricane around us.” But John was kidding about the “small” part—in 1971, he […]

Geoff Emerick, the audio engineer who worked on several Beatles classics including Sgt. Pepper’s and Abbey Road, died Tuesday. Emerick’s agent, David Maida, confirmed the engineer’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause of death was a heart attack. He was 72. Emerick’s manager, William Zabaleta, posted a video, in which he said he […]

“Hey Jude” sums up the Beatles’ turbulent summer of 1968 — a tribute to their friendship, right at the moment it was starting to fracture. The single was a smash as soon as they released it on August 26th, 50 years ago — their biggest hit, topping the U.S. charts for nine weeks. It’s the Beatles […]

Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16th at age 76, recorded more than 40 full-length albums in her six-decade career. It’s a deep catalog, crowded with indisputable classics and hidden gems. Rolling Stone’s music staff is paying its R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the Queen with tributes to our favorite Aretha LPs. Next up: Simon Vozick-Levinson on an […]

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