Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with 1 diamond, 40 platinum/multi-platinum and 23 gold albums, over 50 Top 40 hits and more than 300m records sold worldwide. Candle in the Wind 1997 the biggest-selling single of all time, sold over 33m copies. Diamonds the Ultimate Greatest Hits has spent over 175 consecutive weeks in the UK album charts to date. Celebrating 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin, it was his 40th Top 40 album. Aug 2018 saw Elton named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history with 67 entries, including nine #1s and 27 Top 10s.
Elton embarked upon the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Sept 2018. Encompassing 5 continents over 350 dates, the 3-year-long tour marks his retirement from touring after over 50 years on the road. He has delivered more than 4000 performances in over 80 countries since 1970. 2019 saw the release of Rocketman an Oscar and Golden Globe winning motion picture of his life, and his bestselling autobiography Me’ The Elton John AIDS Foundation is one of the top non-profit HIV/AIDS organisations, raising over $450m.
Elton's awards and honours include six GRAMMYs including GRAMMY Legend, a Tony, two Oscars, Best British Male Artist BRIT, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, 13 Ivor Novellos, a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Companion of Honour in the 2020 New Year Honours list - one of only 64 people to hold the honour.