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1 November 2018, 15:04 | Updated: 1 November 2018, 15:06
Andrea Bocelli is on track to claim his first ever No. 1 album in both the UK and US with his new release ‘Sì’ – if he can beat Tom Odell and Lady Gaga.
If Andrea Bocelli makes it to No. 1 this weekend, it will be the first time a classical artist has been at No. 1 in the pop album charts since The Three Tenors in 1994.
In other words, this is QUITE A BIG DEAL.
His two main competitors are singer-songwriter Tom Odell with his new entry Jubilee Road which is on its way to No. 2, and the Motion Picture Cast Recording of A Star is Born featuring Lady Gaga, which is currently at No. 3.
As of last Friday, A Star is Born is the current UK No. 1 album.
However, according to the Official Charts Update, which tracks daily downloads, the tenor’s album is 2,500 combined sales ahead of Odell’s, and A Star is Born is just 500 units behind Odell.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack to Bohemian Rhapsody, the new biopic on Freddie Mercury, has moved up a place to No. 4, and The Greatest Showman continues its impressive stint at the top end of the charts, at No. 5. Earlier this year, it became the UK’s longest-running No. 1 soundtrack.
Sì, Bocelli’s first album of all-new material in 14 years, was released last Friday (26 October).
The album, which celebrates “love, family, faith and hope”, contains duets with pop singer Dua Lipa, classical crossover star Josh Groban and soprano Aida Garifullina. It also includes a new track co-written by Ed Sheeran and Tiziano Ferro, ‘Amo Soltanto Te’.
Andrea Bocelli’s duet with his son Matteo Bocelli, ‘Fall On Me’, also features on the album. The song will appear in the end credits of the upcoming Disney movie The Nutcracker and The Four Realms (due on 2 November).
The Official Chart will announce this week's new chart at 5.50pm on Friday (2 November). Stay up-to-date here.