Contributed by popfan_23:
A while back I wrote about the queens and princesses, but I left out the guys, and they’ve got damn good sales too, so here’s the guys.
They’ve amassed over 1.1 billion in album sales, they have 20 #1 singles, they’d have more if the weren’t competing with themselves for the top spot. They’ve won 6 Grammys, spent a total 132 weeks at #1 on the charts. They hold the record for fastest selling single, “I want to hold your hand” which sold 250,000, and 1 million in 2 weeks, and fastest selling single, 13 million in 4 weeks. They are #1 on the Rolling Stones top 500 songs of all time, they are also at #3, #5, and #10. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
James Paul McCartney 63
Has 13 Grammys, was Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, has sold over 100 million albums, He’s a billionaire, he was knighted in 97′, has the most covered song in history, Yesterday (3000 versions), which is also the world’s most popular song having 6,000,000 airplays in the U.S. alone, and has a PHD in music (honorary).
George Harrison, died at 58 in 01′
2004 Hall of Famer, has 11 Grammys, 19 albums (his last went 6 times platinum) 4 #1’s, 3 top ten hits, 4 top 20, and 5 top 40 hits. After his death stores sold out of his music.
John Winston Lennon, died at 40 in 80′
Has 7 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement. Has 4 # 1’s, 9 top tens, 4 top 20, 6 top 40 hit singles. First solo album was in 68′, in which he and Yoko Ono posed fully nude on the Cover.
The King- Elvis Aron Presley (died at 42)
Is worth more dead that he was when he was alive. He has over one billion in album sales. He starred in 31 movies. has produced 192 albums. Earns at constant 30 million a year at least, has a 500 million dollar estate, and is the highest earning dead celebrity. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and has 3 Grammys.
The King of Pop – Micheal Joseph Jackson – 46
His solo album sales total up to 220 million, but his total sales (including Jackson 5 and other projects) are around 320 million. He’s won 13 Grammys. He holds a few records, one being best worldwide selling album of all time, “Thriller” with 51 million copies sold, and most expensive video of all time, Scream, for 7 million, just to name a few. He has an 890 million dollar contract with Sony. He owns the rights to most of the Beatles songs. His Latest efforts, History which, although it was a double album and it sold 18 million copies, he considers a failure cause it got little airplay in the U.S., Blood on the Dance Floor (best selling remix album of all time with 6 million copies sold), Invincible (Most expensive album ever produced, sold 8 million), and Number Ones (which ironically featured one new song that also shot to number one). He also organized and co-wrote (with Lionel Richie) We are the World in 85′ which sold 7 million. Despite claims that he owes several banks and firms his net worth is estimated at 500 million although he says 1 billion. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Philip David Charles Collins – 54 years old
He delivered his first album in 81′ selling over 200 million albums, He’s won 7 Grammys, 4 AMAs, 1 VMA, 1 Golden Globe, 1 Oscar. He has 8 #1’s, 12 top ten, 4 top 20, 11 top 40 hits.
Reginald Kenneth Dewight a.k.a. Elton John age 58
He released his first album in 1969, and has produced 51 albums (6 of which were #1 worldwide smashes), with 2 due out this year, and has amassed over 130 million in sales. Has 15 number ones, 24 top ten’s, 16 top 20, and 26 top 40 hit singles. He also holds the record for best selling single of all time for “Candle in the Wind” (which was issued 3 times 77′, 88′, and 97′, and has sold over 11 million copies). Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s won 5 Grammys. Has 6 albums on Rolling Stones 500 best songs ever list. And currently has a 3 year deal to perform at Caesars Palace (for 54 million), on nights when Celine is off.
Prince Rodger Nelson – Prince, 46 years old
Has produced 25 albums, selling over 80 million albums worldwide, plays 28 instruments, has 11 # 1’s, 22 top ten hits, has 4 Grammys, Inducted into the hall of fame in 2004. His last tour grossed 87.4 million.
Bruce Fredrick Joseph Springsteen “The Boss”, 56 years old.
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou a.ka. George Michael, 42
Has produced 7 solo albums, 6 #1’s, and 1 #2, which gave him 6 #1’s, 15 top ten hits, 1 top 20, and 1 top 40 singles, totaling 75 million in album sales. He’s won 2 Grammys.
Has released 19 albums, releasing the first in 69″, totaling over 62 million in sales, He’s won 11 Grammys, and an Oscar. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
Steveland Hardaway Judkins, Stevie Wonder 55 years old.
Released his first album at the age of 12, that album was also his first #1 album, making him youngest person to release a #1 album. He has 22 Grammys, produced 20 albums (one of which was just released) giving him 9 #1’s, and 18 top 10 hits. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Robert Peter Williams, 31 (on next Sunday)
Has had a great solo career, producing 8 albums ( 6 #1’s, 1 #2, 1 #63) selling over 20 million copies, and giving him 6 #1’s, 15 top ten, 1 top 20, and 1 top 40, he’s won 13 Brit awards, 1 MTV Europe award, 1 my vh1 award, 1 VMA, 1 WMA, 2 NRJ’s, 0 Grammys although he was nominated for 1, and was the GQ man of the year, has a 125 million dollar contract. Although at one point it was his goal to break big into the u.s. market and he’s had no success with it, it hasn’t him at all. He recently said he gives up it’s to hard to break into the u.s. market and he’s no longer trying.
Justin Randall Timberlake (Prince of pop??)
Justin’s solo effort, “Justified” on which he co-wrote all the tracks, went 3 times platinum, earned him 2 Grammys, 2 Brit awards, 2 VMAs, 1 WMA, 1 AMA, 1 Radio Music Award, 3 MTV Europe Awards, he has 3 #1’s, 5 top 10’s, and 1 top 40.and was 1/2 of the infamous nipplegate.