Cliff Richard and Stormzy compete for No 1 in UK albums chart

One is the Peter Pan of pop, the opposite is the king of UK hip-hop. However regardless of the many years between them, Cliff Richard and Stormzy, two of Britain’s most profitable artists – with fanbases that couldn’t be extra completely different – are going face to face on this week’s charts.

Richard stated he was “completely happy” he was capable of compete with Stormzy as he nears his sixty fifth 12 months in music. The 82-year-old praised the 29-year-old grime star as “the most well-liked artist of the last decade” as they competed for this Friday’s No 1 album slot.

Richard’s first new Christmas album in 19 years, Christmas With Cliff, at the moment sits simply behind This Is What I Imply, the third album from Stormzy, within the midweek charts.

Showing on This Morning, he stated: “Nothing ever appeared to be attainable within the early days. We have been written off as one-hit wonders. We lived from daily.

“After I was informed that I had had a high 5 album in eight consecutive many years, actually my ft haven’t touched the bottom since, as a result of you possibly can’t plan that.

“Subsequent 12 months is my sixty fifth 12 months and right here I’m within the charts with the most well-liked artist of the last decade and I’m able to nonetheless compete. So I’m simply actually completely happy about it.”

Richard stated he didn’t “know Stormzy in any respect”, including: “I used to be going to say: ‘Could the very best man win’, however I’m not saying it simply in case he does win.”

The singer, who’s the third top-selling artist in UK singles chart historical past, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley, will probably be again on the street in 2023 as a part of his Blue Sapphire tour, however has restricted the variety of dates on account of issues round his voice.

“We’re solely doing about eight reveals, I feel. I feel the times of me happening tour for six months are method behind me … It’s so terrifying to be on tour for lengths of time since you by no means know what day you’re going to get up and that’s not going to work,” he stated, pointing to his vocal cords.

Christmas With Cliff options 13 Christmas classics and new festive songs. Richard has beforehand loved UK chart success with Mistletoe And Wine, which bagged the coveted Christmas No 1 slot in 1988, and Saviour’s Day in 1990. In 1960, with backing band The Shadows, the music I Love You was the Christmas No 1.

Stormzy just lately stated processing private points and relationships for his new album had felt “therapeutic”. His final album, Heavy is the Head, went to No 1, and was launched after he grew to become the first black solo British headliner at Glastonbury.

Birthplace: Lucknow, former British India

Nickname: The Peter Pan of pop.

UK No 1s: 14, third-placed behind solely Elvis and the Beatles (however the identical as Westlife).

Greatest hits: Mistletoe & Wine, The Younger Ones and Summer season Vacation.



Relationships:
By no means married, however has dated Australian dancer Delia Wicks and tennis star Sue Barker previously.



Well-known outfits:
Extra well-known for getting his package off … he went topless for his annual calendar yearly till just lately.



Political interventions:
Famously allowed then-prime minister Tony Blair and his family to make use of his Sugar Hill Property in Barbados.



Stormzy




Age:
29

Nickname: Greater than you possibly can rely, together with Massive Mike (his actual title is Michael Omari), The Drawback, Stiff Chocolate and Depraved Skengman.

UK No 1s: Three.

Greatest hits: Vossi Bop, Shut Up and histwo with Ed Sheeran.

Well-known relationships: Stormzy dated TV presenter Maya Jama earlier than the pair break up in 2019.



Well-known outfits:
A bulletproof vest emblazoned with the union jack flag, designed by Banksy for his Glastonbury efficiency.



Political interventions:
Had a No 1 single containing the lyrics “Fuck Boris”, has referred to as the UK “positively racist”.

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