Elton John is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. Along with long-term lyricist Bernie Taupin, Elton has achieved 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton also holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts worldwide.
Besides his cherished knighthood, Elton’s landmark awards include 4 Brit Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 5 Grammy Awards and a Grammy Legend Award, the Kennedy Center Honor and 12 Ivor Novello Awards. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music.
In a career that has kept him at the top of the charts for 40 years, Elton’s lifework comprises far more aspects than only being a recording artist. Through a partnership with lyricist Tim Rice came the music for both the feature film and Broadway stage production of ‘The Lion King.’ Elton also wrote the music for the stage production of ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ and more recently for the box office smash, ‘Gnomeo & Juliet.’
This year Elton had a number one album in the UK with Good Morning To The Night, a collaboration with Australian electronic duo, Pnau. He recently returned to Las Vegas for a three-year residency with his brand new show, The Million Dollar Piano, billed as “a gargantuan feast of music and imagery”. Next year marks the fortieth anniversary of the release of arguably Elton’s greatest album, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’ He will also release of a new studio album, and continue to tour throughout the world.