Elvis Presley has topped the UK album charts for the 12th time.
The late King of Rock n’ Roll’s new record, ‘If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,’ which was released as part of the on-going 80th birthday celebrations in his honour, has stormed to the top of the charts, making him the first ever solo artist to have a number one album in five different decades and the longest chart-topper in UK history.
The album, released by Sony Music Entertainment, sold 79,053 units this week and is now the third quickest selling album of the 2015 to date.
The ‘Jailhouse Rock’ hitmaker, who landed his first number one in 1956 and has sold more than one billion records worldwide, now holds joint second place with Madonna, behind only The Beatles, on the list of artists with the most UK number one albums of all time.
Executive producer and 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.”
The album features classic Elvis vocals reworked with brand new orchestral accompaniments, as well as a duet with Michael Bublé.
Elvis died in 1977 at the age of 42.