Phil Collins

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Legal name: Phillip David Charles Collins


Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and writer. He gained fame as both drummer and lead vocalist for the rock group Genesis, and he gained worldwide fame as a solo artist. Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric "In the Air Tonight", dance-rock of "Sussudio", piano-driven power ballad "Against All Odds", to the political and religious connotations of "Another Day in Paradise". AllMusic has described Collins as "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond".

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group's drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time", number 10 in a countdown by Gigwise and number 9 by MusicRadar.

Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band. During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1981 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, as well as a US number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist. In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists".

Although one of the world's best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has garnered significant criticism over the years from music journalists, fellow artists, and much of the public. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life, but indicated in 2013 that he was still writing songs and considering a return to music. In 2014, Collins revealed that he was collaborating on new material with Adele, but he did not confirm whether this was for a future solo release of his own.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Face Value Phil Collins 3.5 15
1982 Hello, I Must Be Going! Phil Collins 2.5 7
1985 No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1 13
1989 ...But Seriously Phil Collins 4 9
1993 Both Sides Phil Collins 4 3
1996 Dance Into the Light Phil Collins 5 4
1999 Ricky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st Ricky Lawson with Gerald Albright, Phil Collins, George Duke, Sheila E., Nathan East, Donald Fagan, Robben Ford, James Ingram, Boney James, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum & Vesta Williams 1
2001 Testify Phil Collins 3 4
2010 Going Back Phil Collins 4.65 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Lalo's Selection: Best of Phil Collins and Genesis Compilation Phil Collins 1
1996 Best Ballads Compilation Phil Collins 1
1998 …Hits Compilation Phil Collins 4.5 5
1998 Best Ballads Compilation Phil Collins 1
2000 Collection 2000 Compilation Phil Collins 1
2000 Flying Hits 6 Compilation Phil Collins 1
2000 Phil Collins Compilation Phil Collins 1
2001 2001 Diamond Collection Compilation Phil Collins 1
2002 The Very Best Of Compilation Phil Collins 1
2003 In the Air Tonight Compilation Phil Collins 1
2004 The Platinum Collection Compilation Phil Collins 3
2004 Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New Compilation Phil Collins 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Serious Hits... Live! Live Phil Collins 5 3
1998 Live and Loose in Paris Live Phil Collins 2
2005 Finally... The First Farewell Tour Live Phil Collins 1
2012 At Fukuoka Dome: Live Live Phil Collins 1
All Live Live Phil Collins 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 12"ers Remix Phil Collins 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Tarzan Soundtrack Phil Collins & Mark Mancina 10
1999 Tarzan (Deutsche Originalversion) Soundtrack Phil Collins & Mark Mancina 1
1999 Tarzan (Tarzan 1999 film soundtrack, Portuguese version) Soundtrack Phil Collins & Mark Mancina 1
2003 Brother Bear (2003 original soundtrack) Soundtrack Mark Mancina & Phil Collins 2
2003 Bjørne Brødre (Danish soundtrack) Soundtrack Mark Mancina & Phil Collins 1
2004 Bärenbrüder (German soundtrack) Soundtrack Mark Mancina & Phil Collins 1
2006 Tarzan: The Broadway Musical Soundtrack Phil Collins 1
2007 Tarzan (2007 original Dutch cast) Soundtrack Phil Collins 1
2008 Tarzan (Die Deutsche Originalversion des Musicals in Hamburg) Soundtrack Phil Collins 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins 2
1981 I Missed Again Phil Collins 2
1981 If Leaving Me Is Easy Phil Collins 1
1982 Thru' These Walls Phil Collins 1
1982 You Can't Hurry Love Phil Collins 2
1984 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) Phil Collins 1
1984 Easy Lover Phil Collins & Philip Bailey 1
1985 Don't Lose My Number Phil Collins 1
1985 One More Night Phil Collins 1
1985 Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 1
1985 Sussudio Phil Collins 1
1988 A Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins 1
1988 In the Air Tonight '88 Phil Collins 1
1989 Another Day in Paradise Phil Collins 1 2

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