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Saturday 19 October 2019

Elvis has not left the building as he tops album charts with reworked classics

Priscilla Presley hailed the latest chart exploit of her late ex-husband Elvis
Priscilla Presley hailed the latest chart exploit of her late ex-husband Elvis

The king may be dead but Elvis Presley continues to reign with a number one album almost 40 years on from his death.

If I Can Dream, a collection of Elvis classics featuring orchestral re-workings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is the star's 12th chart-topping album in the UK.

He now has more number one albums in the UK than any other male solo artist, putting him level with Madonna in second place for the most chart-topping LPs, behind the Beatles, who have 15, the Official Charts Company said.

The star's former wife Priscilla Presley said: "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 is now the first solo artist to ever have a UK number one album in five different decades, beginning in 1956 with Rock 'N' Roll.

Meanwhile, Rod Stewart clinched his 34th top 10 album with Another Country new at number two, and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey is at number three 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 number four, and Jess Glynne advances a place to return to the top five with I Cry When I Laugh.

Over on the singles chart, Adele's Hello, which is the fastest-selling single of 2015 and last week set a new one-week streaming record with over 7.32 million listens, holds on to the number one position for a second week.

This week the track has sold 121,000 downloads and notched up 5.78 million streams, giving it a tally of over 179,00 chart sales.

Adele's reign at the top keeps Justin Bieber's Sorry at number two for another week, itself racking up 4.41 million streams, while Sam Smith's Bond theme Writing's On The Wall climbs back up one place to number three.

The Weeknd's The Hills is at four and Drake's Hotline Bling is at five.

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