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Sir Cliff Richard misses out on record-breaking UK No.1

Sir Cliff Richard

Story by Jack Foley

SIR Cliff Richard has failed to top the UK singles chart for a record-breaking sixth decade, although his new song Thank You For a Lifetime still debuted at No.3.

The veteran pop star was beaten to the top spot by US rockers Kings of Leon, whose new single Sex On Fire, went straight to No.1 on the strength of downloads alone.

Katy Perry’s chart-busting former No.1 slipped one place to two, but still shifted enough copies to beat Sir Cliff.

Had Thank You For a Lifetime reached the top spot, it would have given the 67-year-old an enviable run of No.1 singles, which began in 1959 with Living Doll – a song recorded with the band, The Drifters.

But reaching No.3 is still an impressive achievement as it means Sir Cliff has enjoyed a top 10 hit in every decade since the 1958 release of Move It.

Even Sir Cliff himself had expressed doubt about his ability to make No.1 in an interview with BBC News, during which he still pointed out the enormity of his chart success.

“I’ve had number ones in five decades. Who’s going to do that?” he asked.

Sir Cliff’s last UK chart topper was Millennium Prayer in 1999, which reached the top even though many radio stations controversially removed it from their playlists.

Album chart news

In the album charts, heavy metal legends Metallica shot straight to No.1 with new LP Death Magnetic, knocking The Verve’s Forth off the top and into fourth.

Hotly-tipped Glaswegian quartet Glasvegas entered at No2. with their self-titled album, while Rhianna’s Good Girl Gone Bad climbed from five to three.

The biggest leap, however, came from newly crowned Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow, whose latest LP The Seldom Seen Kid shot from number 61 to seven. And a richly deserved commercial success it’s been too!

Read our review of The Seldom Seen Kid or more on the Mercury winners