Almost 40 years after his untimely passing, Elvis Presley has still got the charts – and the record books – all shook up.
If I Can Dream, a collection of Elvis classics featuring orchestral reworkings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, tops the Official Albums Chart this week, giving The King his 12th UK chart-topping album.
This means Elvis now has more Number 1 albums in the UK than any other male solo artist, and puts him level with Madonna in second place for the most chart-topping LPs*, behind the Beatles, who have 15.
Receiving the award on Elvis’s behalf, the star’s former wife Priscilla Presley told OfficialCharts.com: “This is an album that Elvis always really wanted to do and 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 realise an unfulfilled dream.”
Elvis claims the Number 1 spot with 79,000 chart sales, giving him one of the second-fastest selling albums of the year.
Rod Stewart lands his 34th Top 10 album with Another Country, new at 2, while Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is new at Number 3 with his first solo release Courting The Squall.
Ed Sheeran’s x climbs back up three places to spend its 72nd week in the Top 10 at 4, and Jess Glynne advances a place to return to the Top 5 with I Cry When I Laugh.
New entries and high climbers
James Morrison lands his fourth Top 10 with comeback album Higher Than Here, new at Number 7, and former Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack make their Top 10 debut with their self-titled album, new at Number 8.
Erasure score an eighth Top 10 with their latest hits collection Always – The Very Best Of, going straight in at Number 9.
Sheffield rockers Def Leppard are new at Number 11 with their new eponymous release, while the soundtrack to the recent Amy Winehouse documentary is brand new at Number 19.
Rod Stewart makes another appearance as his 1990 collection The Storyteller – The Complete Anthology is new at 23, and Foals climb 18 places to 26 return to the Top 40 with What Went Down.
Ryan Adams reinterpretation of Taylor Swift’s Number 1 album 1989 rockets 164 places back into the Top 40, landing at Number 27 today.
Welsh rockers Skindred are new at 29 with Volume, and Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black sneaks back into the Top 40 this week, at Number 37.
*This includes Madonna & Various Artists' Evita OST