Rise Up Album is by Cliff Richard, the English singer and actor. The album was released on the 23rd of November 2018 under the Warner Music record label.
The album is made up of new material, the first released by Cliff Richard since Something’s Goin’ On, his 2004 UK number seven album. The Rise Up album, which features sixteen tracks, was recorded at the Hit Factory Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, United States.
The studio has played host to a variety of music artists across different genres including Adele, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bee Gees, Beach Boys, Drake, John Denver, Shakira, Bob Dylan, Mariah Carey, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Bob Marley.
The singer announced the launch of the album at Abbey Road Studios. The legendary studios, situated in St John’s Wood, City of Westminster, London, England, have been used by many musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Connie Francis, The Hollies, Donovan, Pink Floyd, Wang Chung, Oasis and The Beatles, who recorded their 1969 Abbey Road album there, the last album where all four members of the group recorded together.
The album was produced by Rupert Christie, the award-winning producer, arranger and songwriter. He has worked with a range of recording artists including U2, Greenday, Coldplay, Lou Reed, Echo & The Bunnymen and Jessie J. Additional production was by Jochem van der Saag, Jorge Vivo, James Morgan and Juliette Pochin.
Rise Up album has generally been well received. Alexis Petridis, writing for theguardian.com, had praise for Cliff Richard saying ” His voice sounds good – there are audible signs of ageing, but falsetto remains within reach. ” However he did feel that the album ” is not unlike Richard’s back catalogue in general: something to pick through rather than embrace unreservedly. “
Cliff Richard worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ( RPO ) on reworked songs ” The Minute You’re Gone “, ” Miss You Nights “, ” Devil Woman ” and ” Some People “, taken from his past catalogue. The Orchestra, based Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, is one of five in London.
He also performs a duet with Olivia Newton-John, the first time in twenty-three years, for a cover of ” Everybody’s Someone “, a song by American singer LeAnn Rimes, which also featured vocals from Brian McFadden, the former Westlife singer.
The lead single ” Rise Up “, released on the 12th of October 2018, was written by English singer-songwriter and record producer, Terry Britten and Scottish singer-songwriter, Graham Lyle. Both songwriters won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Song of the Year, after co-writing the song ” What’s Love Got to Do with It ” for Tina Turner.
The Rise Up album is Cliff Richard’s response to untrue allegations surrounding alleged sexual abuse. The BBC has been criticised for showing live coverage of the police searching the singer’s house. Cliff Richard later sued both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police. He told the BBC in an interview that because of the events he ” couldn’t sleep or think about anything. ” Adding that ” after the bad period I went through in my life, I’ve managed to rise up out of what seemed like a quagmire. ” With a touch of irony, BBC Radio 2 was the first station to play the lead single.
The Rise Up album has proved critics wrong and has become a commercial success for Cliff Richard. In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart at number four. To date, it has spent one week in the Top Ten and one weeks in the Top 100.
Elsewhere the album has reached number seventy-seven in Belgium ( Flanders ), sixty-two in Holland, ninety-four in Ireland and seven in Scotland. In Australia, the Rise Up album has reached number thirty on the ARIA Digital Albums Chart.
About Cliff Richard
Harry Rodger Webb was born on the 14th of October 1940 at King George’s Hospital in Lucknow, the capital city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It was part of the British Empire until 1947 when like the rest of India gained independence.
In 1948, the Webb family moved back to the United Kingdom, settling in Carshalton, a town in the county of Surrey, South East England. After becoming the lead singer for the Drifters, a UK rock and roll group ( not the US group ), who later became The Shadows, the singer changed his name to Cliff Richard, partly in a tribute to the singer Little Richard, who Harry Webb admired. Early in his career, Cliff Richard adopted a look similar to Elvis Presley and was marketed as a British equivalent to the King of rock ‘n’ roll.
His debut single, ” Move It “, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, was released on the 29th of August 1958. The single, reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and is widely considered to be one of the first true rock and roll songs to be released that didn’t originate from the United States.
His debut studio album, Cliff Sings, was released in November 1959. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, there were no singles released. During the 1960s, Cliff Richard’s career suffered a blow after the arrival of The Beatles and the growing popularity of the Mersey sound. However, he continued to have hit records, albeit with less success.
In the latter part of the 1970s, his career took off with the release in 1976 of ” Devil Woman “, a controversial guitar-laden track from his album I’m Nearly Famous. It reached the Top Ten in many countries, including the UK and US.
During the 1980s, he continued to have hit records. His 1981 hit single ” Wired for Sound “, reached number four in the UK and later in 1988 he hit the top of the UK Singles Chart with ” Mistletoe and Wine “, his ninety-ninth single and twelfth UK chart-topper. The following May, the single ” The Best of Me “, which peaked at number two in the UK, became his 100th and Cliff Richard became the first British artist to release 100 singles.
The singer released four more albums during the 1990s with varying chart success and into the 2000s he charted a further ten albums, his last before Rise Up being Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll, which peaked at number four in the UK in 2016.
Despite lack of airplay for his music on UK radio stations, Cliff Richard the only singer to have had a chart-topping single in the United Kingdom in five consecutive decades. Cliff Richard has notched up worldwide sales of over 250 million records, earning him both Gold and Platinum discs.
In the United Kingdom, his singles have sold over 21 million, he is the third-top-selling recording artist beaten only by The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
He has appeared in twelve films, five Television series and five specials. On the 17th of June 1995, the singer was appointed a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, for his services to charity.
To date, Cliff Richard’s Album releases are a forty-five studio, eleven live albums, fifteen compilations, thirty-six video albums, seven soundtracks, three stage shows, one remix and eight Gospel compilations. He has also released forty-six Extended Plays, 146 singles and seven box sets.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Cliff Richard has won many awards including three Brit and two Ivor Novello Awards. In the UK he has won twenty-three NME Readers Polls between 1958 and 1972 and nine Melody Maker awards from 1959 to 1967.
Rise Up Album Track Listing:
1. Rise Up
3. Everybody’s Someone ( duet with Olivia Newton-John )
4. Gonna Be Alright
6. Dancing into Nightfall
7. River Flow
8. Wide Deep and High
9. There’s One
10. That’s What the Night Is For
11. Everything That I Am
12. The Miracle of Love
13. The Minute You’re Gone ( with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra )
14. Miss You Nights ( with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra )
15. Devil Woman ( with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra )
16. Some People ( with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra )