About Elton John

The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Sir Elton John has spanned more than five decades.  He is one of the topselling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide.  John holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind,” which sold 37 million copies.  The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded John five Grammys®, the Grammy® Legend Award, and honored him with the Music Cares Person of the Year Award.  John was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Additionally, John was the first artist honored by the Billboard Touring Conference with its Legend of Live award, which recognizes those in the concert business who have made a significant and lasting impact on the industry.  He continues to tour all over the world.  John was honored with a commemorative banner during his 60th performance at Madison Square Garden for the “Most Performances by a Single Artist” at the legendary venue. His induction into Madison Square Garden’s Music Hall of Fame coincided with John’s 60th birthday.  In September 2011 John began a 3-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with an all new show, “The Million Dollar Piano.”
  
The smash-hit stage production of Billy Elliot, for which John composed the music, originally opened in London and then on Broadyway in 2008. It was nominated for a record-tying 15 Tony Awards and won 10 including Best Musical. 

John received an Academy Award for The Lion King and Tony Awards for both The Lion King and Aida.  He served as the executive producer for the hugely successful animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet, which opened in February 2011.  

In 1992, John established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF has raised more than $300 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention and service programs in 55 countries around the globe. In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, John received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts, and in 2013, Elton was the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award. 

John’s album with Leon Russell, The Union, produced by T Bone Burnett was released in October 2010 to rave reviews. In September 2013, Elton released his 31st studio album, The Diving Board, also produced by T Bone Burnett. Its first single, “Home Again”, entered the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at #16, making it the 69th time an Elton song has thus appeared. In December, Elton played his 63rd and 64th concerts at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, adding to his house record of sold-out performances at that esteemed venue.

March 2014 will bring a Special Edition anniversary release of Elton’s 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, as well as tours of the US, Canada, the UK, Europe and beyond.

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