Almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley sits at number one in the UK charts with If I Can Dream, an album of 14 classic Elvis Presley tracks rearranged for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
If I Can Dream has sold 79,000 copies, beating Rod Stewart's new album Another Country which sits in second place, with Guy Garvey's solo album, Courting the Squall, in third place .
Presley has enjoyed 12 UK number one albums, more than any other male solo artist. He is the equal of Madonna in terms of UK number ones, beaten only by The Beatles who have 15 number one records.
If I Can Dream has become the second-fastest selling album of the year. Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds was the fastest.
Elvis’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, who is now 70, received the award on his behalf. “This is an album that Elvis always really wanted to do,” she said. “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.”