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Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' hits triple-platinum status

Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' hits triple-platinum status

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) --Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" passed the 1.8 million sales mark, making it the fourth song to achieve triple-platinum status in 20 years.
Aileen Graef
Neil Patrick Harris writing 'Choose Your Own Adventure' autobiography

Neil Patrick Harris writing 'Choose Your Own Adventure' autobiography

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) --Neil Patrick Harris has decided to write his life story in "Choose Your Own Adventure" form.
Kate Stanton
NASA gives actor William Shatner top civilian honor

NASA gives actor William Shatner top civilian honor

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- Actor William Shatner was bestowed with a Distinguished Public Service award by NASA over the weekend, the highest honor given to a non government employee.
Brooks Hays
Elton John will marry longtime partner David Furnish

Elton John will marry longtime partner David Furnish

March 31 (UPI) -- Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish plan to get married following the legalization of same-sex marriage in England and Wales this weekend.
Annie Martin

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
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Kanye West supports Kendall Jenner at Givenchy show

Kanye West supports Kendall Jenner at Givenchy show

PARIS, March 4 (UPI) -- Kanye West was in attendance at the Givenchy fashion show Sunday, where Kendall Jenner was walking the runway for the acclaimed fashion house.
Veronica Linares
Kim Kardashian looked red hot at Elton John's Oscars party

Kim Kardashian looked red hot at Elton John's Oscars party

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- The Kardashians didn't go to the Oscars, but they still scored invites to Elton John's party.
Kate Stanton
Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne end their five-year feud

Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne end their five-year feud

HOLLYWOOD, March 3 (UPI) -- Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne brought their five-year feud to a close Sunday night at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.
Annie Martin
Iconic 'Got Milk?' tagline dropped for 'Milk Life'

Iconic 'Got Milk?' tagline dropped for 'Milk Life'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The Milk Processor Education program is switching its 'Got Milk?' tagline for 'Milk Life' to promote increased consumption of milk amid declining sales.
Ananth Baliga
Kanye West, Elton John to perform at the Bonnaroo music fest

Kanye West, Elton John to perform at the Bonnaroo music fest

MANCHESTER, Tenn., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Kanye West, Elton John and Lionel Richie have been booked to perform at Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival this summer, organizers said Thursday.
'Orange is the New Black,' Elton John up for GLAAD Awards

'Orange is the New Black,' Elton John up for GLAAD Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Elton John, Lady Gaga, "Orange is the New Black" and "The Fosters" earned GLAAD Award nominations in Los Angeles Thursday.
Eminem, Rihanna revisit Slim Shady's past in 'Monster' video

Eminem, Rihanna revisit Slim Shady's past in 'Monster' video

Dec. 17 (UPI) -- "Love the Way You Lie" collaborators Eminem and Rihanna reunite once again in the video for their chart-topper, "The Monster," the latest single off of Slim Shady's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."
Kate Stanton
Elton John calls Russian anti-gay law 'inhumane and isolating'

Elton John calls Russian anti-gay law 'inhumane and isolating'

MOSCOW, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Elton John called Russia's law banning the propaganda of homosexuality "inhumane and isolating" during a concert in Moscow.
Madonna is the highest paid musician of 2013 with $125M

Madonna is the highest paid musician of 2013 with $125M

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Madonna was the highest-paid musician in the world this year, earning $125 million in 2013, Forbes magazine reported.
Madonna named world's highest-paid musician

Madonna named world's highest-paid musician

Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The Queen of Pop topped Forbes list of rich musicians.
Kate Stanton
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Elton John
Elton John performs at the Rainforest Fund's 21st Birthday Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 13, 2010. UPI/John Angelillo
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Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and is the best selling single in Billboard history. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s, and In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the most high-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $200 million. John entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" (third overall, behind only The Beatles and Madonna).

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