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Elvis is back in the building, album tops UK album chart again

Nearly 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley is at the top of the British album charts with his twelfth No. 1 album in the U.K. If I Can Dream, a collection of Elvis’ classics featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elvis Presley has broken the record for the most U.K. No. 1 albums by a male solo artist by Nov. 6, according to Billboard. This puts him on the same level as Madonna and puts him in second place for the most chart-topping LPs (behind the Beatles), the Official Charts Company said Friday.

On the album, Duane Eddy added his unique guitar sound to An American Trilogy and Bridge Over Troubled Water. And Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo helps out with the vocals on It’s Now or Never. 

Elvis grabbed the top spot with a whopping 79,000 chart sales, the company added. This is the second-fastest selling album of the year just behind Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Chasing Yesterday. This success extends his span of No. 1 titles to 59 years, since Rock ‘n’ Roll became a chart topper in November of 1956.

Elvis’ former wife Priscilla said that the album was one “that Elvis always really wanted to do.” She added that “he would have been so pleased to know his fans are still there and they continue to love his music. The most talented team put this album together and helped us all realized an unfulfilled dream.”

Rob Stewart fell in second with his 34th Top 10 album Another Country. And Elbow frontman Guy Garvey was third with his very first solo release Courting The Squall. 

Ed Sheeran’s moved down to No. 4, which was another No. 1, and Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh landed the No. 5 spot. James Morrison returned to the top 10 at No. 7 with Higher Than Here and former Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack came in at No. 8. Andy Bell and Vince Clarke took the No. 9 spot.

Adele took the top spot on the singles charts for the second week in a row with Hello. This has been Britain’s fastest-selling record of 2015 and keeping Justin Bieber’s Sorry from snatching the spot.

Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall, the new James Bond theme for Spectre, climbed back up the charts to No. 3.

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  • Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello

    Over at the US, come Tuesday and whether the press makes a big deal of it ot not, Presley and the Philarmonic would have garnered anothe huge milestone for RCA, when the album jumps to #1 on the Billboard Classical album chart, the first time for a non classical artist.

  • Brian Quinn

    Elvis’ ‘If I Can Dream’ album is fantastic. The sound is so much better than the original recordings and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives added oomph. Elvis had a great voice and he really shows why he is called the King on this album. He sings in most musical genres from country to blues, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll. Big powerful ballads like ‘An American Trilogy’; ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ to Neil Diamonds love song ‘And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind’ and the classic ‘There’s Always Me’. The album closes with the fitting message song ‘If I Can Dream’. Highly recommended and would make a perfect Christmas present.