Cliff Richard is back 'for real' and set to release new album 'Rise Up', his first original music in 14 years

After a harrowing legal battle with the BBC, pop legend Sir Cliff Richard says he's back "for real" and is hoping to appeal to younger music fans as he releases his first original


                            Cliff Richard is back 'for real' and set to release new album 'Rise Up', his first original music in 14 years

After a harrowing legal battle with the BBC, pop legend Sir Cliff Richard says he's back "for real" and is hoping to appeal to younger music fans as he releases his first original material in 14 years.

The 77-year-old three-time Brit Award-winner feared he would never get to share new songs again during his bitter court fight with the BBC, but is now back with the new album 'Rise Up', which Richard says was inspired by that “bad period”. 

After broadcasting police searching his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, a High Court judge ruled the BBC had infringed the singer's privacy, awarding him £210,000 ($270,000) in damages in July, refusing leave to appeal. Sir Cliff was never arrested or charged during the police investigation, which occurred as a result of an allegation made by a man who claimed he was sexually assaulted as a child by Richard at an event at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane stadium in 1985.

As The Irish Mirror notes, Cliff spoke a month after his landmark privacy victory against the BBC and in the week he celebrates the 60th anniversary of his smash-hit debut single 'Move It.' "It was 14 years ago I last made a record of original songs. I thought I’d never get the chance again," Richard said. “I’m hoping it will be a revival for me."

“Not only for me as a person but also as somebody who could be recognized by younger people as a valuable artist. I’m not messing around with it – it’s for real. You should close your eyes when you listen to new artists because you don’t need to know how old I am – and I’m not going to tell.”

Sir Cliff Richard walks outside the Rolls Building after winning his High Court privacy battle with the BBC on July 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Lawrence X/Getty Images)
Sir Cliff Richard walks outside the Rolls Building after winning his High Court privacy battle with the BBC on July 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Lawrence X/Getty Images)

The 'Devil Woman' hit-maker," After a bad period of two years where I couldn’t sleep or think of anything it seems I’ve managed to rise up. I’ve managed to rise up out of what seemed like a quagmire."

Talking about the lyricism of the lead single from the album, Richard said, “I love the lyric, ‘They’re never gonna break me down / They know I’m gonna rise up feeling stronger’. It is great to sing lyrics you can feel and I really felt those.”

Joining Sir Cliff on the album is 'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John, who sings a duet on the track 'Everybody’s Someone,' marking their first collaborative effort in 23 long years.

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John features on Sir Clif's upcoming album 'Rise Up', marking their first collaborative effort in 23 years. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John features on Sir Clif's upcoming album 'Rise Up', marking their first collaborative effort in 23 years. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

As Mirror points out, it has been an emotional journey for the pop legend, whose last release was 2016's 'Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll' - an album of rock ’n’ roll covers which arrived soon after he was cleared of allegations of multiple sex offenses.

At the time, he thought covers was all the future would hold for him. “I was prepared to do that for the rest of my life,” he said. 

Sir Cliff Richard will perform at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall next month. The title-track 'Rise Up' is out on October 12, followed by the album on November 23.