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William Patrick Corgan Jr. was born on 17 March 1967, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois USA, and is a singer, author, record producer, poet and a composer who is perhaps best known as the driving force behind the band The Smashing Pumpkins, He has been active in the music industry for more than 30 years .

How rich is Billy Corgan? According to authoritative sources, Billy’s net worth is estimated to be over $50 million. An influential figure in the alternative rock scene, Billy Corgan has significantly contributed to his net worth through his involvement in the music industry since the late 1980s.

Billy Corgan Net Worth $50 Million

Billy Corgan has always been fascinated with music, and his music taste was heavily influenced by such bands as Black Sabbath, Queen, Rush, and Cheap Trick. Billy is a self-taught guitar player, and also plays keyboards, harmonica, ukulele and bass. He has been part of a variety of bands, beginning in his high school years, and after graduating decided to follow the same path. Corgan’s passion for music resulted in the creation of what would soon become a major commercial success called “The Smashing Pumpkins”. The band which plays levels of goth rock, psychedelic rock and heavy metal was formed in 1988 when Corgan met James Iha and D’artzy Wretzky, who then recorded their first demo songs together. Under Corgan’s strict guidance, the band released its first album entitled “Gish” in 1991 and several years later produced “Siamese Dream” that was released through Virgin Records. Soon the album became a multi-platinum success, and songs “Disarm” and “Today” proved to be hit singles. Around the time of the release of the second album, the band underwent a lot of internal drama and disagreements, since some of the members were displeased with Corgan’s ways of controlling the band. Nevertheless, the album was critically appraised and Corgan with “The Smashing Pumpkins” went on to work on their next project. Regardless, Billy’s net worth was growing steadily.

In 1995, the band released a double album called “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”, the success of which is proven by seven Grammy Awards nominations and a ten times platinum certificate in the United States. Later certified diamond by the RIAA, the album produced several Top 40 hits that were played on radio stations: “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”, “1979”, “Tonight Tonight” and “Thirty-Three”. With the success of the “Mellon Collie” album came a significant increase in Billy Corgan’s net worth.

Despite the constantly changing band members, “The Smashing Pumpkins” managed to record nine albums and have even announced the release of two upcoming albums “Day for Night” and “Monuments to an Elegy” on which Tommy Lee is announced to be playing drums on all of the tracks of the album. Largely due to his contributions to “The Smashing Pumpkins”, Billy Corgan managed to create a worldwide known name for himself and secure a profitable future.

In addition to his involvement with the band, Billy Corgan has collaborated with Breaking Benjamin, Sky Saxon, Courtney Love and Scorpions. A multi-talented singer, songwriter and a musician, Bill Corgan has been nominated for and won such awards as American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards.

In his personal life, Billy’s relationships have been effected by his long battle with depression, however, he was married to Chris Fabian(1993-96), and has subsequently had several relationships, including living with Courtney Love for a number of years, and Jessica Simpson. As of 2015. Billy is described as ‘unattached’.

 

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 17, 1967
Birth place: Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.9 m)
Profession:Singer, Musician, Record producer, Songwriter, Author, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Writer, Poet, Composer
Nationality:American
Spouse:Chris Fabian (m. 1993–1997)
Music groups:The Smashing Pumpkins (Since 1988), Zwan (2001 – 2003), Spirits in the Sky, Starchildren
Nominations:American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards
TV shows:"Right After Wrestling" (2010)
Albums:“Gish” (1991), "The Essential Cheap Trick" (2004), "TheFutureEmbrace" (2005), "The Essential Cheap Trick" (2004), "We Are Not Alone" (2004), "The Chicago Code" (2011)
Books:"Blinking with Fists" (2004)
facebook.com/BillyCorgan
twitter.com/billy
myspace.com/billycorganmusic
imdb.com/name/nm0004842
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Corgan


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1His father's ancestry is Irish, Scottish, and English. His mother's lineage is half Belgian (Flemish) and half Italian/Sicilian.
2Huge fan of professional wrestling.
3recording a debut solo album after splitting up with his former band, Zwan. [2004]
4His first solo album, entitled "The Future Embrace" was released on the 21st June. [June 2005]
5He first appeared with his head shaved in an episode of "Saturday Night Live" in 1995.
6The last footage of Billy with hair is the video for "Bullet With Butterfly Wings".
7Started shaving his head when he began losing his hair in the 1990's.
8Attended Glenbard North High School, also attended by Kiele Sanchez.
9Co-wrote the Courtney Love and Hole song, "Celebrity Skin".
10The Smashing Pumpkins album, "Machina II", was never released in stores. Instead, out of his angst toward the animosity of the record company, he released the album for download, free of charge, from his website.
11Only member of the Smashing Pumpkins to appear on every album.
12During the band's over 20 years together, the Smashing Pumpkins put forward nine critically acclaimed albums: Gish, Siamese Dream, Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, Machina the Machines of God, Machina II the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music, Zeitgeist and Oceania.
13Composed most of the songs for both his bands, The Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan. He also co-wrote the album "Celebrity Skin" for Courtney Love's band Hole.
14After buying a pawn shop guitar, he discovered that it whined when he stopped playing it. Instead of trading in the guitar, he actually wrote the whine into the song "Mayonaise".
15The debut album of his new band 'Zwan' has been a critical fave, as most of Smashing Pumpkins' albums were, and the band plans to spend 2003 touring in support of the disc. Corgan says Zwan will play no Smashing Pumpkins material in their shows, because he wants the band to establish itself independently of the Pumpkins.
16Billy Corgan made a short movie with his friends in the early 1980s, titled "Alien 1/2". The premise was basically a semi-sequel to Ridley Scott's "Alien", before James Cameron's "Aliens" was released in 1986. Corgan and his friends play astronauts who travel to a distant planet, only to be attacked by an alien (it's actually a plush Tazmanian devil doll). Corgan and his comrades use such tools as a pink hair dryer to combat the beast, which flies above their heads, thanks to some fishing line. Action sequences include a spaceship landing on the planet's surface, which was achieved by a thin piece of paper, folded into a tirangular shape (for the spaceship), and what appears to be a flat picture of a red planet (most likely Mars). Corgan utters the dramatic line, "And nowwwww, the end is near!". Bits of this movie were broadcasted on VH1's "Before They Were Rock Stars".
17Has formed a new band called 'Zwan' with former Smashing Pumpkins drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, guitarist Matt Sweeney (from New York indie rock group Chavez), bassist/guitarist/keyboardist David Pajo (from Papa M, Ariel M, Tortoise) and later adding bassist Paz Lenchantin (from A Perfect Circle).
18Guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter for the band Smashing Pumpkins from 1988-2000. When asked about how his band and others from the "alternative revolution" did in changing the music industry for the better, he responded "We didn't do a very good job."
19Has a large red birthmark that covers the top of his left hand.
20Briefly joined the British band New Order in 2001, performing live as stand-in guitarist.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Fender Stratocaster
2Shaved head


Quotes

#Quote
1[on creativity] When you have it, it feels like a font that just flows through you, and everything gets real easy. And then one day it sort of slows down or it stops and you tell yourself, 'I'm just having a bad day or a bad month'. And the next thing you know, people start doubting you, you don't have that magic touch. And then you start doubting yourself.
2[on celebrity] Imagine if every week of your life for the rest of your life somebody'd be walking down the street going, 'Here's a picture of you when you were eighteen. Didn't you have a better hairstyle then? Look at this T-shirt you were wearing. Don't you want to wear that T-shirt again?' That's what it's like. It's a mirrored paradigm which you cannot escape. And if you complain, which I have, you're not grateful.
3"You'll never see Zwan. I'll never go anywhere near those people. Ever. I mean, I detest them." (about the chances of Zwan reuniting.)
4"The album was going to come out. So I did what I always did: Try to make the best of a situation. I start covering up. Put on a good face. And honestly, as God is my witness, I'm glad the thing didn't sell, because if it had sold then it would have been really tough. I would look like I was insane to walk away from something that I'd just built." (about his uncomfortable situation with his former band Zwan and how grateful he was when Mary Star of the Sea album flopped.)
5You can put out the big fire [Napster], but there are 100 other little fires ready to spring up, and you'll never put them all out. Ultimately, music is going to be free.
6I hate that in magazines, they always stick me somewhere in the back. It means they don't think I'm the cute one.
7Don't judge yourself by other people's standards. You'll always lose.
8Life is everything and nothing all at once.
9As a 28-year-old who has lived long enough to know the difference, I know now that the feelings I felt at 16 were not necessarily correct. But however over dramatic, the desperation and hopelessness I felt at 16 was my reality.
10It's a Backstreet Boy world, and at the end of the day, you just want to go home and kill yourself.
11(On The Tonight Show) Jay Leno: "So why is the band splitting up?" Billy Corgan: "Comedy doesn't pay."
12Great music completely obliterates any concept of genre
13Well, we have brought certain things upon ourselves. I've certainly brought things upon us with my mouth.
14Say you write a song about a chandelier, and the chandelier gives off light. And the light is the color red and red reminds you of the color you're not supposed to wear around a bull. So you name the song Cow.
15(At a Smashing Pumpkins concert, just before an acoustic song) Corgan: "Are you ready to rock!" (Crowd cheers.) Corgan: "Well then you are in the wrong place."
16Stay in school. Lie to your teachers, but stay in school.
17The thing that makes it all worth it is when somebody comes up and says 'I had a really hard time in my life and your album really helped me.' As long as that happens, all the idiots in the world and all the stupid press can say what they want to. It just doesn't matter.
18We can look you in the eye and talk to you about life, heart, love, rock 'n' roll, whatever. But we do not have the moral authority to tell people how to vote or what to do to their bodies. We're just a rock band.
19For a 6-foot-3 guy with no hair and a whiny voice, I've done all right.
20We used to compete with Nirvana. That was good. That was real. That was viscerally good. Now we compete with imitation-Nirvana. There's nothing good in that. ...It's really sad.
21The basic Pumpkins philosophy from the beginning was that everything had already been done. You couldn't write better songs than the Beatles, you couldn't be heavier than Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath, you couldn't be cooler than Cheap Trick. There was no way you were gonna top that. So all you could really do was try to rip off what you liked about it and sort of throw it back at people in a different way.


Pictures

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000Golden Reel AwardMotion Picture Sound Editors, USABest Sound Editing - Music (Foreign & Domestic)Stigmata (1999)· Kenneth Karman (supervising music editor)
· Mike Flicker (supervising music editor/scoring editor)
· Stephen Lotwis (supervising music editor)
1998Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Original SongBatman & Robin (1997)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Shield2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Air Guitar Nation2006Documentary writer: "Cherub Rock" - as William Corgan
Smallville2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Band Camp2005Video writer: "Forget It" - as William Patrick Corgan
National Treasure2004writer: "Forget It"
S.P.U.N.GTV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 2004 music - 2 episodes, 2004
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 32003Video writer: "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003Documentary writer: "Malibu" - as William Corgan
Crossing Jordan2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Spun2002arranger: "Jesus, I Have Taken My Cross" - as Corgan / writer: "Freedom Ain't What It Used to Be", "Think You Know", "Revolve", "Wasting Time"
On the Edge2001writer: "1979"
Homicide: The Movie2000TV Movie writer: "Crestfallen"
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 22000Video writer: "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
Any Given Sunday1999writer: "BE A MAN"
Stigmata1999writer: "Identify"
American Pie1999writer: "Celebrity Skin"
Free Tibet1998Documentary writer: "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "Silverfuck" - as B. Corgan
First Love, Last Rites1997performer: "When I Was Born, I Was Bored"
Batman & Robin1997producer: "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" / writer: "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"
Lost Highway1997producer: "Eye" / writer: "Eye"
Ransom1996performer: "Lizards", "Rats", "Rats with tails", "Spiders", "Squirrels", "Worms 1", "Worms with vocals" / producer: "Lizards", "Rats", "Rats with tails", "Spiders", "Squirrels", "Worms 1", "Worms with vocals" / writer: "Lizards", "Rats", "Rats with tails", "Spiders", "Squirrels", "Worms 1", "Worms with vocals"
The Simpsons1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Salto al vacío1995/Iwriter: "Disarm" - as William Corga / writer: "Mayonaise" - as William Corgan
Lassie1994writer: "Today" - as William Corgan
Singles1992producer: "Drown" / writer: "Drown"
19922015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Mad Fat Diary2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Girls2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bad Words2013writer: "Snail"
Glee2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Footloose2011writer: "Window Paine"
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
10 Years2011writer: "Tonite, Tonite"
The Chicago Code2011TV Series performer - 13 episodes
Hop2011writer: "Celebrity Skin"
20 to 12010TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
South Park2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Flashforward2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game writer: "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Fanboys2009writer: "Today"
Paging David Cronenberg2008Short "Eye"
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs2008TV Movie writer: "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
Sputnik2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Today"
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game writer: "1979" - as B. Corgan
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "Cherub Rock"
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground2007Video Game writer: "Tarantula"
Transformers2007writer: "Doomsday Clock"
When a Man Falls2007performer: "Shangra-La", "Sky Of Blue", "Whisper" / writer: "Shangra-La", "Sky Of Blue", "Whisper"
Rock Band2007Video Game writer: "Celebrity Skin", "Cherub Rock"
Clerks II2006writer: "1979" - as William Corgan
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game writer: "Celebrity Skin"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Head Games2012Documentary
Gran Turismo 52010Video Game
Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong2008Video documentary
Masters of Horror2005TV Series 1 episode
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things2004
Spun2002
Graceful Swans of Never2001TV Movie documentary
Hole: Be a Man2000Video short uncredited
Stigmata1999

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jessica Simpson: The Price of Beauty2010TV Series composer - 2 episodes
Stigmata1999music mixer / music programmer
Ransom1996music producer: Kidnapper's Boombox Music

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alternative Press Music Award Show2014TV Movie
Spun2002Doctor

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Smashing Pumpkins: 1991-2000 Greatest Hits Video Collection2001Video video "Thirty-Three"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Try2000Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Owata2011Short executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sweet Daddy2016Documentary special thanks post-production
The Sheik2014Documentary special thanks
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling2012Documentary special thanks
Hit So Hard2011Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Man in the Camo Jacket2016Documentary post-productionHimself
The Swerve2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Smart Studios Story2016DocumentaryHimself
Rock Icons2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest: The Smashing Pumpkins
The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
6 Music: In Concert2015TV SeriesHimself
Algren2014DocumentaryHimself
Beautiful Noise2014DocumentaryHimself
Hurricane Festival 20132013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania 3D Live in NYC2013VideoHimself
Barbed Wire City: The Unauthorized Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling2013Video documentaryHimself
Downloaded2013DocumentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rage2012TV SeriesHimself
Revolution with Brian Solis2012TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHimself
TNA Today2012TV SeriesHimself
Sunset Strip2012DocumentaryHimself
The Smashing Pumpkins Live at the Metro, 19932011DocumentaryHimself
Music2010DocumentaryHimself
Ce soir (ou jamais!)2010TV SeriesHimself
Spin's 25th Anniversary Concert Series2010TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage2010DocumentaryHimself
We Believe2009DocumentaryHimself
The Chris Isaak Hour2009TV SeriesHimself
The Fillmore Residency2008VideoHimself
Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong2008Video documentaryHimself
Durch die Nacht mit...2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Smashing Pumpkins: Live from Tower Theater in Philadelphia2007VideoVocals and Guitars
Smashing Pumpkins: Inside the Zeitgeist2007Video documentary short
Chasing October2007DocumentaryHimself
The Return of Courtney Love2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Loops!2006TV SeriesHimself
The Best Hit USA2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-2005TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Late Show with David Letterman2003-2005TV SeriesHimself / Themselves
WrestleMania 212005TV SpecialHimself
New Order: 5 11 Live in Finsbury Park June 9th 20022003VideoHimself
Saturday Night Live2003TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Graceful Swans of Never2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Smashing Pumpkins: 1991-2000 Greatest Hits Video Collection2001VideoHimself
WWE Smackdown!2001TV SeriesHimself
Bozo: 40 Years of Fun!2001TV MovieHimself - Musical Guest
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Member, Smashing Pumpkins
CNN World Beat2000TV SeriesHimself
@MTV with the Smashing Pumpkins2000TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Smashing Pumpkins: Full Circle2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Extreme Championship Wrestling: Anarchy Rulz '991999VideoHimself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The 41st Annual Grammy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
Free Tibet1998DocumentaryHimself (Smashing Pumpkins)
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself (as the Smashing Pumpkins)
David Bowie: An Earthling at 501997TV Movie documentaryHimself - Live on Stage with Bowie
Wired for Sound: A Guitar Odyssey1997DocumentaryHimself
MTV News: Year in Rock 19961996TV Movie documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19961996TV SpecialHimself
The Simpsons1996TV SeriesHimself
Lola da musica1996TV SeriesHimself
Smashing Pumpkins: Vieuphoria1994Video documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19941994TV SpecialHimself
Freaks, Nerds & Weirdos1994TV MovieHimself
24 Hours in Rock and Roll1994TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs2008TV MovieHimself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rise & Fall of ECW2004Video documentaryHimself

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