Billy Idol

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William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor who holds dual British and American citizenship. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from the London punk rock scene as the lead singer of the group Generation X. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career which led to international recognition and made Idol a lead artist during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States. The name "Billy Idol" was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of him as "idle".Idol began his music career in late 1976 as a guitarist in the punk rock band Chelsea. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy Idol has received more than 6,636,837 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Billy Idol is the 284th most popular musician (up from 317th in 2019), the 1,027th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,099th in 2019) and the 60th most popular British Musician.

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  • 6.6M

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  • 68.36

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.92

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.80

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Billy Idol ranks 284 out of 2,675Before him are Rudolf Schenker, Buddy Rich, Charles Mingus, John Zorn, Salif Keita, and Izzy Stradlin. After him are Yngwie Malmsteen, Avril Lavigne, Karl Jenkins, Maria João Pires, Nick Cave, and Leopold Auer.

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Among people born in 1955, Billy Idol ranks 43Before him are Shoko Asahara, Binali Yıldırım, Denis Mukwege, Haitham bin Tariq, Brendan Gleeson, and J. K. Simmons. After him are Ante Gotovina, Héctor Cúper, Jeff Koons, Michael Rooker, Martin Schulz, and Billy Milligan.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Billy Idol ranks 1,027 out of 6,924Before him are Anna Atkins (1799), A. J. Ayer (1910), George Vancouver (1757), Clive Owen (1964), Stephen Hales (1677), and Joseph Addison (1672). After him are William Booth (1829), Edmund Leighton (1852), John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718), Lord Alfred Douglas (1870), Roddy McDowall (1928), and Michael Nyman (1944).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Billy Idol ranks 60Before him are Roger Daltrey (1944), Alan Parsons (1948), Amy Winehouse (1983), Ian Stewart (1938), Cozy Powell (1947), and Cliff Williams (1949). After him are Karl Jenkins (1944), Wallace Hartley (1878), Nicko McBrain (1952), Don Airey (1948), John McLaughlin (1942), and Geezer Butler (1949).

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