The Top 40 Earners in Music in 2013


Billboard has released its list of 2013′s top 40 earners in music, and the numbers appear to give credence to some oft cited business wisdom: artists don’t make their money on music.

Every musician on the list earned far more from touring than they did on physical/digital sales and streaming revenues combined. Of course, it helps to have an album to tour behind, and touring heavily doesn’t necessarily guarantee making more than any other act. In fact, almost half of the biggest tour grossers didn’t register on the Money Makers rankings. Still, those who did make it on had significant boosts thanks to road work.

Taylor Swift topped the list with a 2013 gross of $39,699,575.60 (yeah, they went down to the cents). Of that, a whopping $30 million came from her worldwide Red tour. $9 mill in music sales and other income is nothing to sneeze at, of course, but Swift stands to earn that much from tour sponsorships and merch sales alone. Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, and The Rolling Stones round out the top 5, all of whom appear on the top grossing tours list. More proof that tours make all the difference? Over 75% of Michael Bublé’s earnings, 90% of Celin Dion’s, and 95% of perennial earners Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s all came from performing shows. Phish only sold 52,000 albums last year, and they still came in at 25.

Mainstream pop acts (Bruno Mars at #12, One Direction #13) and especially country musicians (George Strait #15, Blake Shelton #27) take up most of the list. Rappers only appear four times, and the names aren’t surprising: Jay Z (#16), Kanye West (#26), Lil Wayne (#37), and Eminem (#39). The freshest face on the list? Imagine Dragons at number 31.

So if you ever thought music’s superstars just record a couple songs and watch the money roll in, now you know better. Everyone from Justin Bieber to Paul McCartney has to put in the leg work to make their millions. Check out the full list of the top 40 Money Makers below.

01. Taylor Swift – $39,699,575.60
02. Kenny Chesney – $32, 956,240.70
03. Justin Timberlake – $31,463,297.03
04. Bon Jovi – $29,436,801.04
05. The Rolling Stones – $26,225,121.71
06. Beyoncé – $24,429,176.86
07. Maroon 5 – $22,284,754.07
08. Luke Bryan – $22,142,235.98
09. Pink – $20,072,072.32
10. Fleetwood Mac – $19,123,101.98
11. Justin Bieber – $18,873,458.41
12. Bruno Mars – $18,839,681
13. One Direction – $18,041,472.69
14. Jason Aldean – $17,896,191.98
15. George Strait – $16,002,761.63
16. Jay Z – $15,652,428.82
17. Michael Bublé – $14,478,084
18. Mumford & Sons – $14,172,940.87
19. Dave Matthews Band – $13,932,731.14
20. Rihanna – $12,794,186.16
21. Paul McCartney – $13,769,479.16
22. The Eagles – $13,026,210.18
23. Celine Dion – $12,755,539.71
24. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – $12,473,798.20
25. Phish – $12,406,611.95
26. Kanye West – $11,574,833.92
27. Blake Shelton – $10,349,774.77
28. John Mayer – $10,010,017.17
29. New Kids on the Block – $9,938,526.59
30. Zac Brown Band – $9,888,213.32
31. Imagine Dragons – $9,448,031.68
32. Jimmy Buffett – $9,404,015.71
33. Elton John – $9,369,224.53
34. Rascal Flatts – $9,215,475.78
35. Rush – $9,050,583.42
36. Miranda Lambert – $8,831,605.89
37. Lil Wayne – $8,788,416.66
38. Tim McGraw – $8,761,716.61
39. Eminem – $8,524,782.99
40. Carrie Underwood – $8,051,483.55

Dawes Live @ Crystal Ballroom, Portland Oregon

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Dawes has spent a good deal of time with rock royalty during its short lifespan. They backed up Robbie Robertson of the Band, as well as opened up for Bob Dylan on his spring tour, earning them a bigger following and perhaps even more confidence as performers. Now, Dawes is headlining their own shows at larger venues in support of their third studio album, Stories Don’t End. Comprised of brothers Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums) as well as Wylie Gelber (bass) and Tay Strathairn (Keyboards), Dawes co-headlined a show with Dr. Dog at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. Heavily influenced by ’70s rock such as Crosby Stills Nash, the Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jackson Browne, Dawes brought their free and easy music to a small, but appreciative crowd.

After Dr Dog’s set, a significant amount of the crowd left, never to return. That was expected considering it was a Sunday evening and Dawes didn’t go on until 10:45. However the band remained unfazed and energetic. They came on and dove right into the catchy chord progression of “Most People.” Taylor with messy hair and a tight white button-up shirt, confidently and passionately belted out his vocals.

All of the instruments sounded tight, despite the muffled acoustics of the Crystal Ballroom. The hour and 15 minute set was mostly filled with songs from their new album, peppered by a few older ones. Taylor showed off his guitar chops on solos during “Most People” and “From a Window Seat”, shredding on his white Telecaster as he hopped across the stage. Taylor didn’t speak very much to the audience, besides, “What’s up Portland? We’re Dawes.” All four members made facial expressions that even Bruce Springsteen would be proud of, grimacing through each song.

Even though the crowd was small, the group that stuck around were very engaged. From the start of the show, the majority of the audience sang along . “From a Window Seat” and “Time Spent in Los Angeles” definitely got the biggest reaction from fans including three guys in their mid-twenties who stood together, arms around each other as they enthusiastically jumped around and sang along.

The energy that Dawes brought to the stage makes them a band I definitely would recommend seeing live. As each new album comes out, the songs become more mature. It will be interesting to see them continue to progress as a band and as showmen.

You must watch these guys live!

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Watch Atoms for Peace Perform “Judge Jury and Executioner” – Thom Yorke
My Morning Jacket Rock Times Square at CBGB Festival
American Songwriter Townes Van Zandt – The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972
Yellow Dogs Benefit Concert and Memorial
Watch Milosh – “Slow Down” (Dir. Milosh) – Official Video
Courtney Love’s autobiography due out in December
Get Ready Music Lovers: Upcoming Music Releases 2014
‘My Father and the Man in Black’ Documentary – Review
Rocker Ryan Bingham will be performing at the 3rd annual Autism Speaks BlueJean Ball on October 24th.
God Is An Astronaut – Latest Album ‘Origins’
NYC Rockers The Strokes announce they are looking to ‘return to the scene’ in 2014.
Watch Arctic Monkeys cover Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’
Kings Of Leon: Return Of The Prodigal Sons
God Is An Astronaut: Discography
SXSW 2014 (March 7 – 16, 2014 • Austin, TX) announces a ton of more artists
Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing
Muse – Tour Dates [Abu Dhabi & Australia] + Music Video
Watch The National Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC
Governors Ball’s 2013 lineup was insane: Gun N’ Roses, Kings of Leon, and just about everyone else
Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace shakes up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
Beastie Boys featured in Yoko Ono’s video for “Bad Dancer”
Ryan Adams Gives ‘Wasted Years’ An Unplugged Makeover
The Story Behind Arctic Monkeys’ Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ – Official Video
The Rolling Stones Rock Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City
Gojira’s Joe Duplantier habla sobre la destrucción del hábitat marino
Fox News Blast Rolling Stone over the magazine decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on cover
The Gaslight Anthem is on tour!
Led Zeppelin: Vintage Footage Of The Band Performing LIVE in 1969
“Everything is not OK”: An interview with MGMT
A New Band To Watch: Palma Violets, England
Grizzly Bear Get Twitchy in ‘Gun-Shy’
Review: Jake Bugg’s Self-Titled Debut Album
Francesco Tristano – The bachCage album
Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier To Release Their Debut Album Tuesday
Alter Bridge – “The Uninvited” Live at the House of Blues, Oct. 4, 2013
CHAPPO Releases Covers EP, Pays Homage to Jefferson Airplane, Beck
How To Build A Professional Music Team
Brooklyn’s Tom Krell (How to Dress Well band) tweaks and tailors R&B to deliver diaphanous indie-soul kitted out in gorgeous melodies
A Conversation with Pearl Jam’s Warriors
Gojira: “We want our music to be beautiful and moving”
Awesome Tapes Boiler Room DJ Set
I’m Still Normal (Feature documentary Trailer) – Ed Harcourt
Map of City: Iruña (Pamplona in spanish)
The Gaslight Anthem – World Tour Dates 2013
Listen to the Replacements’ First Show in 22 Years!
R.E.M order Fox News to stop using ‘Losing My Religion’
Here’s To Axl Rose and the Bunch of Random Dudes Calling Themselves Guns N’ Roses Getting the Hell Out of Town
Watch Vampire Weekend Play ‘Saturday Night Live’
Incubus Guitarist Working on Pearl Jam Album
Jake Bugg self-titled debut album is out in the U.S.
Watch “Echoes” directed by Special Problems + behind the scenes – Another Lexus short film
“Are you the police?” “No ma’am, we’re musicians!” – “And on a mission from God”
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Brilliant Disaster
How To Be Creative | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios (Video) – The Creativity Post
Tom Petty & His Heartbreakers Rock NYC’s Beacon Theater
NYC: Global Citizen Festival: A Day of Hope to End Poverty in the World
Stream Kings of Leon’s new album ‘Mechanical Bull’
JOBS: Music Supervisor and Latin Rap Songs Needed for Short Film – Music Clout
New York City Opera May Cancel Most of This Season
Phoenix Take Brooklyn by Storm with New Album and Explosive Energy
Art and Neuroscience: a State of the Union – The Creativity Post
Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share Memories, Unreleased Tracks From ‘In Utero’ [NPR]
Featured Band: Pearl Jam
Stream Arctic Monkeys’ new album, AM
Watch Arena-Rock Masters The Killers Live at Lollapalooza, Brazil 2013 – Full Concert
Kevin Shields of MBV upset over his band’s lack of nomination for the Mercury Prize – A Bias Against Indie Artists
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Live Review: Arctic Monkeys, Twin Peaks at Chicago’s The Riviera (9/23) – Just that ol’ time rock ‘n’ roll.
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KILL YOUR DARLINGS opens tomorrow in NYC
Stone Roses ‘Made of Stone’ Trailer Tracks Band’s Triumphant Return
50 Of The Greatest Bands From New York – NME
Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks – The Internet Killed The Music Industry 
‘Last Night at the Viper Room’: The Life and Death of River Phoenix
5 Things Your Favorite Band Does to Exploit You – Oh Nooooo!
Angst Endures for a Pioneer of Grunge [Lightning Bolt album review]
Alter Bridge – European Tour 2013 Dates
Watch Arctic Monkeys ride heavy machinery in their video for “One For the Road”
Brandon Flowers Writes Track-By-Track To The Killers’ Greatest Hits Album
The Strypes’ Debut Album ‘Snapshot’ is an electrifying collage of the band’s own material
MGMT Band Concert at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:00 PM
The Rolling Stones’ Last U.S. Concert @ Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Roxy Music: the band that broke the sound barrier
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela – All flags in South Africa to fly half-mast until after the state funeral of a Real Life Hero.
Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard Talks Solo Album ‘Moonlander’ and His ‘Gospel of Not Knowing’
Watch American band Caveman band performing @ Baeblemusic Concert Music Videos
A tribute to the bands that broke up in 2013.
The Killers headline T In The Park 2013
2013 ARIA Awards: Tame Impala, Flume win big
Ex-Hole Guitarist Claims Kurt Cobain Was Recording Solo Album
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Rock the Mullahs – Can heavy metal music help transform the Middle East?
Watch Blondie Performing at CBGB in the Summer of 1975
Gojira in India – Pictures
The Best Songs of 2013
Watch Gojira Perform in Israel, Poland & Spain 2013 [+ UPCOMING CONCERTS]
Queens Of The Stone Age: Gigs, Tickets and Dates
Watch: Daft Punk and Ron Burgundy tour Amsterdam, eat cupcakes
JOBS: Very Successful Indie Record Label Considering New Rock Acts
Eminem: The Great Confounder [npr]
Not Fade Away: A Love Letter To Rock ‘N’ Roll
Marina Diamandis has a new alter ego to go with her new musical direction. Unfortunately, it’s a rather déjà vu
Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancel European tour due to injury
David Byrne blasts music streaming sites
Phoenix Close Lollapalooza 2013 With Epic Set
Free Muse Global List of Artists Censored, Prosecuted, Jailed, Kidnapped, Tortured, Killed…
Kings of Leon played Live @ Letterman Show for a packed crowd in NYC! [Exclusive Online Concerts)
Listen: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You’ (Official Audio)
High Life / Cat Martino – Take Away Show
Video: My Morning Jacket – Outta My System
Tom Waits – Coming August 7
Gojira & Slayer @ The New Madison Square Garden This Fall!
Sound City – Dave Grohl’s Directorial Debut to Premiere at Sundance
Pearl Jam: The Band in Pictures
Documentaries Pearl Jam Twenty and Sound City are headed to VH1′s Rock Docs series
Mumford & Sons Write New Song for Pixar’s ‘Brave’
Songwriter Cass McCombs Offers His Best Work to Date With New Album “Big Wheel and Others”
Watch a video teaser for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife”
Listen: “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” Album Sampler by Alice in Chains
Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield of The Lemonheads reunite in Brooklyn
The Gaslight Anthem: Live Show @ Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
Gone But Forever In Our Hearts
Kings of Leon, Talihina (U.S.) – Documentary + Tour Dates
Best Concerts in NYC This Week – feb 25 – 4 mar 2013
Gojira’s North America Tour (Canada & U.S.) A Huge Success
JOBS: Alternative Independent Record Label Seeking New Acts
Ryan Bingham – Upcoming Tour Dates
Muse Rock Madison Square Garden
June 13 – 16 Manchester TN: Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup
Listen: The National: “Don’t Swallow the Cap” New Single
Festival No 6 Portmeirion, Wales Could Rival Montreux as the Most Sophisticated in Europe – Review
Jake Bugg’s Free Show at The Living Room, NYC
The Governors Ball NYC Music Festival – June 7, 8 & 9 2013
The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/7/13
Free Download: The Muse July Sample – By American Songwriter
GOJIRA – Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao – Spain 2013
Unruly Hearts NYC – Music that makes your brain sing!
Tame Impala: Alone In The Wild
‘Ya Hey’ latest video from New York band’s new album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’
Brooklyn’s Hospitality Band: ‘Eighth Avenue’ Video Premiere
The End of the Lower East Side’s Last Great Rehearsal Space
Tom Waits: Never Bring A Gun To A Spoonfight & I Breathe Better Underwater
The Strokes Release Free Advance Stream of ‘Comedown Machine’
Watch Video: Palma Violets – Best of Friends
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London Calling: The Export of New York’s Underground
What distinguishes the ‘Japandroids from their flash-in-the-“Best New Music”-pan compatriots
INXS Forever
Beirut, New York child prodigy
PREMIERE: Rock Band The Strokes’ New Video: “All the Time”
Gojira – Global Warming [Spectacular & Stunning]
Gojira’s L’Enfant Sauvage: The European Tour 2012 [Part 1]

Slayer and Gojira at Madison Square Garden Theater

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[I]t was good to witness such a deserving act[Gojira] delivering a fine performance to a huge and enthusiastic crowd.

“Slayer” and Gojira. Not Slayer and Gojira. “Slayer” and Gojira.

Thus have many observers dubbed the bill for this tour, thanks to the absence of Dave Lombardo and Jeff Hanneman. Paul Bostaph is back on the drum throne, where he spent most of the ’90s. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt retains the live guitar spot he’s held for the past two years and looks poised to keep it.

These folks consider this version of Slayer illegitimate — a shameless exploitation of a legacy, especially in the immediate wake of Hanneman’s death. The financial nature of the band’s dispute with Lombardo deepens the impression, as does their decision to populate their set entirely with material from their classic first five albums. (You can see the setlist here; it nods to Holt with an Exodus cover.) Despite Bostaph’s presence, the set included only Lombardo-era material — an irony and arguably a mercy.

Perhaps the current version of Slayer really is fake or exploitative in some way. Lombardo would likely say so, though the limited information available to fans makes it hard to say which party is in the right. And ultimately, I’m not sure that I care. At the least, I have a hard time holding Tom Araya and Kerry King’s choice to carry the torch against them. Slayer has been a professional venture as much as an artistic one for well over a decade; their newer albums exist mostly to justify their tour schedule. Three of the band’s four current members are 49, while Araya is 52. They have all been living as pro musicians for thirty years, and they now operate in a market that is more hostile than it has been since the dawn of mass-market music. These guys have no alternative résumés behind them to fall back on; their pensions will come out of their own wallets. Bostaph and Holt are basically working stiffs. Araya and King are reputedly quite wealthy, but they also have children to consider.

Put aside the unknowable nature of the Lombardo split for a moment and suppose that Araya and King’s decision to continue as Slayer is purely financial. Do you blame them? If you were in their position, would you set aside the creative business that you’d built up for your entire adult life in favor of the nebulous cause of artistic integrity? Or would you do as they’ve done, and keep reigning?

Perhaps many of you would have King and Araya fold the band, and I can sympathize with that perspective too. Monetary disputes among aging musicians are ugly, and metal fans (myself included) dislike both the idea of art-as-commerce and reminders of the practical pressures their heroes face.

But the attendees of this packed NYC show (myself included again) were clearly glad that Slayer still exists in some form. This band continues to inspire the kind of borderline-pathological enthusiasm that is normally reserved for acts like Phish and Jimmy Buffett. Metal’s unspoken law against sporting the logo of the band you’re seeing has no force at Slayer shows. We saw Slayer shirts without number; Slayer hats; Slayer hoodies; Slayer jackets; Slayer tattoos; even multiple pairs of sexy Slayer/American flag leggings. (The trendy Slayer Christmas sweater was notably absent). I planned to keep track of how many times I heard people spontaneously scream “SLAYER!” between bands, but I lost count before I got past the beer line.

We missed virtually all of 4Arm, whom I was unfamiliar with before the show. The song and a half I did catch sounded quite a bit like mid-period Slayer. Do unoriginal bands feel uncomfortable when they open for the groups whose style they bite? Is there awkwardness backstage? This is one of metal’s many mysteries to me.

Fortunately, I did see all of Gojira, who held their own against some extremely stiff competition. Their reverby, chugged-out grooves have always struck me as crafted with big venues in mind, and they projected an epic sense of scope in the MSG Theater’s cavernous, 7,000-cap confines. I’m often disappointed or baffled by which modern metal bands get popular and which fail to find traction; it was good to witness such a deserving act delivering a fine performance to a huge and enthusiastic crowd.

But this was a Slayer show, and even the best opener ever at a Slayer show will always be a temporal obstacle between you and Slayer. And unsurprisingly, Slayer were exactly what I expected. They were not “Slayer.” they were SLAYER.

They didn’t entirely look like Slayer. Kerry King is slowly transforming into a bearded pierogi covered in tribal tats. Tom Araya looks and talks more like The Dude with each passing year, especially when he chides bouncers and audience members for boorish behavior. Gary Holt has a totally un-metal way of standing with his knees pointed inwards, like he really needs to pee and is trying to hold it in until the end of the set. He nailed all of his parts into the ground, but Hanneman’s presence was missed nonetheless.

But they sounded right, and nothing else mattered. Slayer have inevitably lost a step with age, but their fury remains potent. I’ve only seen them once before, when I was in high school and the original unit had gotten back together relatively recently. Roughly a decade and many, many metal gigs later, I received the exact same berserker charge from this set.

It’s amazing the way that great songs, played nearly perfectly, can strip away cynicism. When the band segued from “Raining Blood” into “Black Magic” just before the brief encore break, I was more interested in punching the entire universe in the face than in dissecting King and Araya’s motives. When they deployed a huge banner of Hanneman’s familiar ersatz-Heineken logo just afterwards, I got a little verklempt. Neither typical metal shows nor half-assed nostalgia acts can elicit such emotion.

And that’s good enough for me. Slayer in 2013 are not who or what they used to be. Their live show is aging, but mostly superficially. They’re either cynically exploiting their fans or just giving those fans what they want. It’s tough to tell the difference, but the audience at this gig wasn’t trying to — they were more interested in enjoying Slayer’s twilight years while they last.

Photos by Caroline Harrison, Dough Moore

MGMT Band Concert at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:00 PM

Tickets are not available at the box office during the first day of public on sale



Barclays Center

Brooklyn, NY

Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:00 PM


  • MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.
    The Brooklyn experimental rockers released their self-titled third album in 2013 while continuing to play headlining concert dates and festivals all over the world. Fans scooped up tickets to hear songs like “Kids,” “Electric Feel,” and “Congratulations.” The band’s singular style of psychedelic rock, which integrates plenty of electronica elements, was forged beginning in 2002 by founders Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden when they were freshmen at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Their debut album, Oracular Spectacular, was released in 2006, and MGMT started gaining fans with the help of their opening sets for trend-setting acts like Of Montreal, Radiohead, and Beck. By 2009, MGMT could count Paul McCartney among their growing stable of fans, and they landed a spot opening for the ex-Beatle at Boston’s Fenway Park. On tour, the five-piece group has been known to augment the flower-power vibe of their music by projecting repeated colorful, kaleidoscopic images and other random visuals on a backdrop behind the stage.
  • Lead singer: Andrew VanWyngarden (2002–)
  • Members: Andrew VanWyngarden, Benjamin Goldwasser, Matt Asti, Will Berman, Hank Sullivant, James Richardson
Origin: Brooklyn, NY, Middletown, CT

Watch Arctic Monkeys cover Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’

Sheffield band pay tribute to late Velvet Underground frontman
at Liverpool’s Echo Arena

Arctic Monkeys  played (October 28) a cover of ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ in tribute to Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (October 27).

The song appeared in the encore of the Sheffield band’s show. ‘Walk On The Wild Side’, from 1972, is arguably Reed’s most famous song, and is reportedly seeing a sales spike on iTunes due to the iconic performer’s passing.

Local boy Bill Ryder-Jones, formerly of The Coral, joined the band for a number of tracks, including ‘Fireside’, ‘Pretty Visitors’ and ‘Snap Out Of It’.

Arctic Monkeys aren’t the only band who have covered Reed’s music since his death was announced on Sunday. At Baltimore’s First Mariner Arena, Pearl Jam played ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’, Twin Shadow posted his version of ‘Perfect Day’ on YouTube and My Morning Jacket, accompanied by Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis and more, covered ‘Oh! Sweet Nuthin” at Young’s Bridge School Benefit on Sunday.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Teddy Picker’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘One For The Road’
‘Fireside’ (with Bill Ryder-Jones)
‘Reckless Serenade’
‘Old Yellow Bricks’
‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
‘Pretty Visitors’ (with Bill Ryder Jones)
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘No. 1 Party Anthem’ (with Bill Ryder-Jones)
‘Mardy Bum’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘I Wanna Be Yours’ (with Bill Ryder-Jones)
‘Walk On The Wild Side’ (with Bill Ryder-Jones)
‘Snap Out Of It’ (with Bill Ryder-Jones)
‘R U Mine?’

Arctic Monkeys are currently on tour. The remaining dates are as follows:
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (29)
Birmingham LG Arena (31)
Glasgow Hydro Arena (November 1)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (2)

KILL YOUR DARLINGS opens tomorrow in NYC


Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Dane Dehaan, KILL YOUR DARLINGS is the previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution. This is the true story of friendship and murder that led to the birth of an entire generation. OPENS TOMORROW AT LANDMARK SUNSHINE AND THE WALTER READE THEATER AT LINCOLN CENTER!

‘Kill Your Darlings’ Trailer

Kill Your Darlings: Daniel Radcliffe Talks Finding the Beats

By Movie Fanatics

For Kill Your Darlings star Daniel Radcliffe, making the relatively unknown story at the heart of the film was about as new of an experience as an actor can get who has already made many movies in his young life. “See, The Woman in Black was filmed in England. and If you’ve done a Harry Potter film you’re never going to work again in England without knowing someone on the crew,” Radcliffe said to Movie Fanatic and laughed.


“So doing Kill Your Darlings was a huge thing for me because it meant I would be working with nobody I knew and I would have to find out who you are on a film set again. So it felt like I was starting fresh in a way.”

Among those benefits for Radcliffe was finding unique ways of channeling his craft. “Working with John (Krokidas, director), he introduced me to techniques in ways of working that I’d never been shown before,” Radcliffe said.

So it is easy to say that Radcliffe has been on quite a journey since those doors of Hogwarts closed. “I think from doing How to Succeed in Business, the musical, and through Kill Your Darlings, that was a great period of transition for me in the way I worked.”

As shown in the Kill Your Darlings trailer, the story follows members of the Beat Generation and how those writers all interacted, including Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William Burroughs (Ben Foster), Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) and Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. They all met at Columbia University and forged a literary revolution that we’re still feeling today. There’s also that little murder that few people knew about when Carr was accused of killing David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall).

We wondered if Radcliffe had any inspiration from those guys and if he’d ever taken pen to paper to create poetry that mirrors his onscreen alter ego Ginsberg. “Yeah, I definitely have my fair share of some really bad poetry that I wrote when I was 17 or 18,” Radcliffe said and laughed.

When it comes to the Beat writers and their inspiration that is still felt today on a literary scale, to capture the moment in time in his mind, Radcliffe went to another place in history… one he could more relate to as a British citizen.

“In terms of the Beats, there’s something about the way they did what they did. As somebody who grew up outside the States, we don’t have that. The thing I compare them to and I used for my point of connection is the punk movement between ’75 and ’79 because that had the same kind of excited nihilism about tearing everything up and starting again,” Radcliffe said.

“There’s something really thrilling about that. It says something that really applies to the Beats that there are two types of poets. There are people who write poetically about their lives and there are people who live poetically and write about it. That sums it up.”

Radcliffe also felt a powerful duty to portraying Ginsberg as he is someone that appreciators of his work hold dear. “I think you do have a certain responsibility,” he admitted. “There’s a lot more material for you to hang onto and go, ‘He actually did that.’ You get a real insight into somebody’s character, so you’re not starting from scratch.”


Since there is so much emotional pull between so many characters in Kill Your Darlings, Radcliffe felt that Ginsberg was the heart of the story and that too added a sense of accountability to his performance. “Allen is somebody out of the three characters we played who is probably the easiest to find empathy with or compassion,” Radcliffe said. “But there are still moments where he’s so easily manipulated by Lucien where there is a part of you that wants to shake him as a person!”

Of all the powerful scenes in Kill Your Darlings, there was one that particularly resonated with the man who was Harry Potter and even saw him grow as a thespian. “The scene where I come back and find Lucien and he tells me he’s leaving and going off with Jack. That was a scene we had done a lot because it was the audition scene. You worry about a scene that’s that intense and emotional having done it so many times,” Radcliffe said.

“The day just as we started the scene, John asked the crew to leave the room for our first rehearsal and then took me to one corner and gave me a goal. He said to me, ‘Whatever happens, just don’t let Lu leave.’ Then he said to improvise the scene without any of the lines. As someone who wasn’t used to working in that way, it should’ve been intimidating, but it wasn’t in that moment. And within two minutes I was crying, it was very real. It was an amazing exercise because I had never really had that real, intense, emotional experience during acting before. So that was very, very cool.”