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Andrea Bocelli becomes the first classical singer to top Official UK Album Chart since 1994 / CLASSIC fM

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Today, Andrea Bocelli becomes the first classical singer to top the Official UK Album Chart since 1994, when The Three Tenors reached the top spot. Bocelli's Sì was released on 26 October and was this week battling for Number 1 against stiff competition from the soundtrack for A Star is Born – starring Lady Gaga – and Tom Odell's album Jubilee Road.

Bocelli's album is his first album of all-new material in 14 years and features duets with the likes of pop star Dua Lipa, crossover star Josh Groban and soprano Aida Garifullina. It's released on the Decca/Sugar record label and is his first ever No.1 album. The track ‘Fall On Me' is a duet with the singer's own son, Matteo Bocelli, and also features in the soundtrack for the upcoming Disney movie, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Andrea Bocelli said: "Life never ceases to amaze. I would never have imagined achieving this, even in a country that welcomed me from the very beginning. Yet beyond the numbers and the charts, what really counts is the affection of an audience – the handshakes, the smiles, the applauses. My heartfelt thanks to all those people who wanted to reward my latest effort. A big thank you also on behalf of my little, great Matteo who, these days, has been living by my side – an indescribable experience."

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