Andrea Bocelli has become the first ever classical artist to have 10 Top 10 Albums in the UK pop charts, cementing his position as the biggest selling solo classical artist of all time.

Bocelli’s latest album ‘Cinema’ has entered the Official UK Album Charts at No.3, ahead of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, and just behind 5 Seconds of Summer and Bryan Adams. It is Bocelli’s highest chart position in over a decade, since 2001’s ‘Cieli di Toscana’.

Andrea Bocelli has also enabled pop stars Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger to have their first classical hits, as he duets with them on ‘E Piu Ti Penso’ and ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ respectively. The video for ‘E Piu Ti Penso’ has amassed over 5.5 million views in a fortnight (click here to watch).

Andrea Bocelli says:
“I’m thrilled that audiences are enjoying my new album ‘Cinema’. I’ve never made a secret of my dream of bringing to life a recording project associated with soundtracks, as I truly believe that it’s an exceptional artistic treasure trove.”

‘Cinema’ is the latest success for Bocelli and his team of collaborators which includes music legends David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis. The album celebrates the greatest movie songs of all time and was recorded in 5 different languages, reinforcing Bocelli’s status as a truly international artist.

In addition to having sold over 85 million records, Bocelli has performed for 4 US presidents, 2 Popes and the Royal family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. He also recently stunned audiences with his first ever performance at the MTV EMAs, playing the piano and singing a unique duet with powerhouse singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.

Bocelli will be returning to the UK to perform at the Festival of Remembrance – broadcast live on BBC1 on 7th November from the Royal Albert Hall – in front of an audience which includes Royalty, the Prime Minister, dignitaries and military families.