Tina Turner is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in the rock music genre have led many to call her the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll". Turner started out her music career with husband Ike Turner as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of hits including "River Deep, Mountain High" and the 1971 hit "Proud Mary". After virtually disappearing from the music scene for several years following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career, launching a string of hits beginning in 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together" and the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer. As a solo artist, Tina has released nine studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks, and five compilation albums.
Her musical career led to film roles, beginning with a prominent role as The Acid Queen in the 1975 film Tommy, and an appearance in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. She starred opposite Mel Gibson as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, and her version of the film's theme, "We Don't Need Another Hero", was a hit single. She appeared in the 1993 film Last Action Hero.
One of the world's most popular entertainers, Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist and was named "one of the greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone. Her combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide. She has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history. She is known for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and widespread appeal. In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. Turner's tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008–2009.
After joining Ike Turner's band as a background vocalist, the pair married and formed the duo, Ike & Tina Turner in 1960. They released a series of major hits on the R&B chart, including "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits". Ike & Tina Turner remained intact until the mid-1970s when their marriage and musical partnership ended. By this time, Tina Turner had already released two solo albums, Tina Turns the Country On and Acid Queen. She continued as a solo artist with the albums Rough and Love Explosion. However, none of these releases were commercially successful. In 1982, Turner signed a new contract and released the single "Let's Stay Together" which became a UK Top 10 hit. In 1984, Private Dancer was released and became a worldwide hit. It spawned a string of hit singles, including "What's Love Got to Do with It", which still stands as Turner's biggest ever hit, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. The success of the album established Turner as a major solo artist, elevating her to superstar status, and her comeback during this period is widely regarded as one of the most successful of all time.
Following her success in 1984, Turner co-starred with Mel Gibson in the 1985 film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. She recorded two songs for the film's soundtrack, with "We Don't Need Another Hero" giving her another huge international hit. She released, Break Every Rule, which also spawned major hits on the US Hot 100, including "Typical Male" and "What You Get Is What You See". Turner embarked on a large scale world tour in 1987, and released her first live album, Tina Live in Europe, in 1988. She returned with her next studio album, Foreign Affair, in 1989. Its lead single, "The Best" was a worldwide hit that year and the album sold over 1.5 million copies in the United Kingdom.
Her first compilation album, Simply the Best, was released in 1991 and was another huge seller in the UK, selling over 2.4 million copies there. In 1993, she recorded the soundtrack to the film about her life, What's Love Got to Do with It, which spawned the single, "I Don't Wanna Fight", which became her first US Top 10 hit since 1986. In 1995, she performed the title song for the James Bond film Goldeneye. Her next studio album was 1996's Wildest Dreams, followed by 1999's Twenty Four Seven, which was her last studio album to date.
With a career spanning five decades, Turner has become one of the top-selling music artists of all time in rock music, having sold 100 million albums to date worldwide.