Phil Collins is a British pop singer and vocalist and drummer for Genesis and songwriter. His singles, often dealing with lost love, include "In the Air Tonight", "Sussudio", "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", and "Another Day in Paradise".
Collins's professional music career began as a drummer, first with Flaming Youth and then with Genesis. In Genesis, Collins originally supplied backing vocals for front man Peter Gabriel, singing lead on only two songs. Following Gabriel's departure in 1975, Collins became the group's lead singer.
His solo career, heavily influenced by his personal life, brought both him and Genesis commercial success.
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 as principal members of a band. His work as a solo artist, with Genesis and with other artists, has 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 Top All-Time Artists".