Cliff Richard Makes Chart History In U.K.

Cliff Richard
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Singer Cliff Richard performs during the Dream Foundation's 2017 Dreamland Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara on Nov. 18, 2017 in Goleta, Calif.

Cliff Richard was, some years ago, labeled Britain's Elvis Presley. Perhaps it wasn’t wide of the mark. He’s just notched the king of all chart records in the U.K., where he becomes the first artist to score a Top 5 album in eight consecutive decades.

The 80-year-old singer's latest album Music… The Air That I Breathe bowed at No. 3 on latest Official U.K. Albums Chart, for a unique record.

Richard’s first appearance in the chart’s top-tier was in April 1959 with Cliff by Cliff Richards And The Drifters, which dropped at No. 7. The album would drift to the chart summit.

Across his career, Richard has bagged 14 No. 1 singles, 68 Top 10s and a whopping 124 Top 40 hits. Also, he has seven No. 1 albums in the U.K.

Music… The Air That I Breathe is his 46th Top 10 album, a tally that's closing in on The King’s 53.

Richard has made history on more than one occasion. He was knighted in 1995, becoming the first pop star known as Sir.

Music… The Air That I Breathe could log another week in the Top 10. It dips 3-7 on the Official Chart Update, the U.K.'s midweek chart.