Peter Gabriel

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Legal name: Peter Brian Gabriel


Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a solo career, with "Solsbury Hill" his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his best-selling release and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S. The album's most successful single, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.

Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982. He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services. Gabriel has also been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single "Biko". He has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour in 1988, and co-founded the Witness human rights organisation in 1992. Gabriel developed The Elders with Richard Branson, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

Gabriel has won three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement, the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Polar Music Prize. He was made a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his "influence on generations of music makers". In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. AllMusic has described Gabriel as "one of rock's most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, followed by his induction as a solo artist in 2014. In March 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia in recognition of his achievements in music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 No Self Control Peter Gabriel 1
1980 Biko Peter Gabriel 5
1980 Games Without Frontiers Peter Gabriel 2
1982 Shock the Monkey Peter Gabriel 3
1982 I Have the Touch Peter Gabriel 1
1984 Walk Through the Fire Peter Gabriel 2
1986 Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel 4
1986 Don’t Give Up Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush 2
1986 Big Time Peter Gabriel 5
1986 In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel 1
1986 Red Rain Peter Gabriel 3
1989 Shakin’ the Tree Youssou N’Dour & Peter Gabriel 1
1992 Digging in the Dirt Peter Gabriel 4
1992 Steam Peter Gabriel 4
1993 Blood of Eden Peter Gabriel 3
1993 Kiss That Frog Peter Gabriel 2
1994 Lovetown Peter Gabriel 1
1996 While the Earth Sleeps Deep Forest with Peter Gabriel 3
1997 While the Earth Sleeps Deep Forest With Peter Gabriel 1
2002 More Than This Peter Gabriel 3
2002 The Barry Williams Show Peter Gabriel 1
2003 Growing Up Peter Gabriel 1
2003 Burn You Up, Burn You Down Peter Gabriel 1
2008 Down to Earth Peter Gabriel 1
2010 The Book of Love / Not One of Us Peter Gabriel / Stephin Merritt 2
2010 Come Talk to Me / Flume Bon Iver / Peter Gabriel 1
2010 The Book of Love / Washing of the Water Peter Gabriel 1
2013 Courage Peter Gabriel 2
2015 Open Your Eyes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Salman Ahmad feat. Peter Gabriel 1
2016 I’m Amazing Peter Gabriel 1
2016 The Veil Peter Gabriel 1
2016 A.I. OneRepublic feat. Peter Gabriel 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Cv Peter Gabriel 1
The Engelspost Remixes Peter Gabriel 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 SW Live EP Peter Gabriel 3
2014 Back to Front EP Peter Gabriel 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 evɘ Peter Gabriel 1
Before the Flood Peter Gabriel 1
Games Without Words Peter Gabriel 1
Studio Outtakes Peter Gabriel 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Play the Videos Peter Gabriel 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Peter Gabriel Interview Peter Gabriel 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Greatest Hits Peter Gabriel 1

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