William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Joel has become the sixth-best-selling recording artist and the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIAA. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 is the third-best-selling album in the United States by discs shipped. According to the List of best-selling music artists, Joel is the 9th most successful solo artist of all time regarding total available certified amount of records sold worldwide and the 6th most successful solo artist in U.S.. Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the United States, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 150 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the U.S. singles chart's 50th anniversary, with Joel positioned at No. 23. With the exception of the 2007 songs "All My Life" and "Christmas in Fallujah," Joel stopped writing and recording popular music after 1993's River of Dreams, but he continued to tour extensively until 2010. It was announced on May 29, 2013 that Joel will do three concerts in the United Kingdom in October and November 2013.
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