Dame Shirley Bassey announces comeback as singer plans 'grand finale' album

6 August 2020, 13:46

Dame Shirley Bassey announces comeback as singer releases first new album in six years
Dame Shirley Bassey announces comeback as singer releases first new album in six years. Picture: Getty

By Rory O'Connor

Dame Shirley Bassey announced she will release her first new album in six years to celebrate her 70-year career.

The 83-year-old singer has released 70 albums and sold nearly 140 million records throughout her career.

The star's new album will be released later this year and is described as a "grand finale", dedicated to her fans.

Dame Shirley said: "The songs I have chosen all feel very personal and connected to my life.

Dame Shirley Bassey places her hands into her handprints in a bronze plaque in Wembley Park's 'Square of Fame' at London's Wembley Arena in September 2019
Dame Shirley Bassey places her hands into her handprints in a bronze plaque in Wembley Park's 'Square of Fame' at London's Wembley Arena in September 2019. Picture: PA

The singer from Cardiff continued: "I hope they will do the same for my fans."

Decca Records confirmed the album will include brand new material written especially for the singer, as well as tracks to reflect her life and career.

The recording is taking place in London, Prague, Monaco and the south of France.

Dame Shirley's last studio album was Hello Like Before, released by RCA in 2014.

Dame Shirley Bassey in 2019
Dame Shirley Bassey in 2019. Picture: Getty

She became the first Welsh singer to score a number one single with 'As I Love You', and sang the theme tunes to three James Bond films, 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'Moonraker'.

Dame Shirley was made a dame for her services to performing arts in 2000.

Co-managing director of Decca Records, Tom Lewis said: "Dame Shirley Bassey is a living legend and she is still at the peak of her powers."

He added: "Every note she sings tells its own story of the adventures she has had, the legends she has encountered or the lives she has enriched."

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