In a career-defining moment for Andrea Bocelli, the global superstar tenor has topped the Official UK Album Chart for the first time ever with ‘Sì’ – his first album of new material in 14 years, released last week on Decca/Sugar. Bocelli is also on course to simultaneously reach the top of the Billboard charts in the US – a rare feat for any artist, but especially remarkable for an album of classical songs.
Bocelli’s 11th UK Top 10 album ‘Si’ is the first time since the 1997 Titanic Soundtrack, that a classical album has topped the charts. Bocelli also becomes the first classical vocalist to hit No.1 since The Three Tenors in 1994.
Racing to the UK no. 1 position, ‘Si’ sits ahead of Tom Odell and Jess Glynne, as well as hit soundtracks ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It is set to be Decca’s first UK/US chart double in 47 years, since Rod Stewart in 1971.
Talking of his career defining feat Andrea Bocelli says: “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.”
Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company, Martin Talbot, comments, “Andrea Bocelli has long been a phenomenon in classical music, but that is cemented by this week’s incredible success of his new album. For Andrea to find himself right at the top of the Official Albums Chart, especially at such a competitive time of year, indicates that he is more popular than ever and truly established as one of the UK’s favourite artists.”
President of Decca Records, Rebecca Allen adds, “Andrea Bocelli is a truly unique artist – one that continues to define and create cultural moments.”