Elvis scores record breaking 12th UK number one album

Four decades after his death, Elvis scores his fourth posthumous UK number one album, becoming the most successful solo male

Elvis Presley has scored his fourth posthumous number one, four decades after his death, in the process taking the record for the most UK number one albums for a male solo artist.

Elvis sits behind The Beatles and level with Madonna in terms of overall UK number one albums.

Presley’s new record ‘If I Can Dream’ is his 72nd record, a collection of Elvis classics featuring orchestral reworkings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ former wife, collected a number one album award from the charts on the legendary singer’s behalf.

The tracks from the album also feature guitarist Duane Eddy, Italian operatic vocal trio Il Volo and singer Michael Bublé on ‘Fever’.

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The record includes top hits ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘In The Ghetto’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, as well as lesser known numbers including a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley gave ‘If I Can Dream…’ the go-ahead last year after both producer Don Reedman and Elvis’ former Las Vegas conductor approached her with the idea.

Appetite for Elvis memorabilia is clearly still high, with a personalised handgun recently selling for £60,000 in an auction of the singer’s items, which also included a suit, a sewing kit and a racquetball shirt.

Listen to the Orchestral version of ‘If I Can Dream’ below, via YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_inFn4CBMk

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