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Billy Joel 'We Didn't Start The Fire' Offer At iTunes

This month only, download Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" for just $0.69 on iTunes! Visit

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Impact Did The Vietnam War Have On You And Your Music?

Billy describes the impact of the Vietnam War on himself, his friends and his music in this latest video from our "Questions & Answers" lecture series. Billy was asked this question during a lecture at the University of Akron in 1996, and he discusses the draft and how soldiers came back from Vietnam and asked him to write a song about their experiences.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Did You Have A Reason For Including A Chorus Of 'Gloria' At The End Of 'The River Of Dreams?'

In 1996, Billy Joel gave a Q&A at Florida State University and was asked about his reason for including "Gloria" at the end of the song "The River Of Dreams." In his answer, Billy talks about "Gloria," Jones Beach and Ludwig van Beethoven. You can watch this in the video below and view more clips from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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New Billy Joel Q&A - How Does A Song Go From An Idea In Your Head To A Record In The Store?

What is the anatomy of a song? Billy answers this question with a performance of “The Entertainer“ on guitar, recorded during a Q&A session at Harvard University in 1994. He has broken many piano strings on stage, but here he breaks a guitar string as he recounts his inspiration for writing the song. Watch his performance in the clip below and check out more Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" videos!

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TV Reminder: Billy Joel Songs To Be Performed Tonight On 'American Idol'

American IdolSomeone will say goodbye to Hollywood this week on American Idol. The show's Top 10 finalists will be performing songs from the Billy Joel songbook tonight. Tune in to FOX at 8 p.m. EDT for the two-hour episode and see who may be movin' out. In the meantime, you can check out Billy's song lyrics here! Which songs do you think the finalists should perform?

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Do You Remember Your First Piano Teacher?

In 1996, Billy Joel gave a Q&A at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and was asked about his first piano teacher. In his answer, Billy plays the first song he ever learned on piano, and shows how he began to improvise with classical music. He also describes how taking piano lessons was like putting a "kick me" sign on his back, but he learned how to box, and started meeting girls. Watch his answer in the video below and check out more clips from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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Billy Joel Talks About Life, Music At St. Petersburg College

No part of the legendary songwriter's career was off limits Monday, March 19th at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, the latest stop on Joel's Q&A tour of college campuses. For more than two hours, Joel moved from the microphone to piano to organ, taking questions from the audience about the inspirations — many of them female — that molded his hefty songbook.

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Next Week's 'American Idol' Theme: Billy Joel Songs On March 21st

American Idol's Season 11 Top 10 was announced on Thursday night's episode, which sent 16-year-old Shannon Magrane home after a difficult week where the contestants were challenged to sing a song from the year they were born. Will next week's theme of Billy Joel songs be any easier?

Considering few of the finalists on this year's show are rock-oriented, it may be an equally daunting task to reinterpret the music of the Piano Man and one of music history's biggest hitmakers, especially for someone like Jessica Sanchez or Joshua Ledet. On the other hand, the likes of gritty-voiced belters Erika Van Pelt and Elise Testone may fair better than weeks past, and certainly Colton Dixon, to whom a piano bench is home, may have an advantage.

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Billy Joel Mixes Stories With Song At University Of Miami

From discussing songwriting in the shower and even in his sleep to revealing the inspiration for his weekend anthem “You May Be Right” (“Ex number one”), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel perfectly melded his talents as musician and storyteller during a memorable marathon show attended by nearly 1,800 UM students on March 5.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Did You Encounter Any Stumbling Blocks Along The Way?

Today’s installment of Billy Joel “Questions & Answers" drifts back to December 10th, 1992, “The River of Dreams” period. Billy addressed students at Five Towns College, Dix Hills, Long Island, dressed up for the occasion in a 'suite n’tie.' One student asked if Billy encountered any "stumbling blocks" during the course of his career. In his answer, Billy discusses the myth of "artist management" and what can happen if an artist doesn’t stay vigilant in the music business, drawing from his own hard-earned experiences.

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Billy Joel Flashback: 'Glass Houses'

March 12th, 1980: Billy Joel released his seventh album entitled "Glass Houses." It was Billy's first album to have a track, "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," reach #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

Billy Joel - Glass Houses

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Billy Joel Featured In New Exhibit At Graceland

Billy Joel is being featured in a new exhibit at Graceland! His black leather aviator jacket is on display at the new ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley Exhibit. The new exhibit opened March 1 at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis! Click here for more details:

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