Cliff Richard announced Wednesday he will release his first album of new material in 14 years, a month after the veteran British pop star won a landmark privacy case.
Richard, 77, said the album âRise Upâ, due out on November 23, reflected the âbad periodâ he had been through.
He won damages from the BBC after it broadcast live footage, including sweeping helicopter shots, of a 2014 police raid on his home as detectives investigated an allegation of sexual assault dating back to the 1980s.
The singer was never arrested or charged with any offence and Englandâs High Court found his rights had been seriously infringed in a sensationalist fashion.
Britainâs first home-grown pop star announced the new 16-track album 60 years to the day after his first single, âMove Itâ, was released on August 29, 1958.
âI chose âRise Upâ as the title track because after the bad period I went through in my life, Iâve managed to rise up out of what seemed like a quagmire,â he told journalists at Abbey Road Studios in London.
âI love the lyric âTheyâre never gonna break me down, theyâre never gonna take me downâ. âIt is always great to sing lyrics you can âfeelâ â and I really felt those words!â
Richard said the record could be a ârevivalâ for him.
âGive me a chance, that is all we can ask,â he said.
The album sees Richard reunite with Olivia Newton-John for the first time in nearly 25 years on the track âEverybodyâs Someoneâ, after duetting on âHad To Beâ in 1995.
Richard is the third biggest-selling artist in British singles chart history, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
His hits include âThe Young Onesâ, âLiving Dollâ, âSummer Holidayâ, âMistletoe And Wineâ and âThe Millennium Prayerâ.