Oh yeah. It's quite stunning the amount of popularity he enjoys. It's sort of like grey goose vodka. People have convinced themselves that it's great, without a bit of evidence. But the bottle is cool.
- 33 million albums sold, 100 million digital downloads.....places him just ahead of Bruce Springsteen and Metallica on all time lists.
- His first album got to #2, all seven since have got to #1. If this one gets to #1, he is 8th all time behind only Beatles, Jay Z, Bruce, Streisand, Elvis, Garth, and The Stones.
- 21 Grammys....easily among the most of all time.
And as I've proven before (I think in this thread even), most everything he does is gold critically.....Summarized, he is among the greatest artists of all time by any measure. Sales, awards, critical acclaim, ground breaking, you name it. But obviously he scores poorly with 40+ white males that mostly know him from a handful of crazy pop culture moments that have never listened to his music and pretty much despise all things hip hop/rap in general anyway.