Sir Tom Jones sets a new UK chart record
Written by Gavin on 30th April 2021
Sir Tom Jones reaffirms his status as a chart icon as his new album ‘Surrounded By Time’ debuts straight in at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, setting a UK chart record.
At 80 years and 10 months old, Tom becomes the oldest male to claim a Number 1 album on the Official Albums Chart, and the oldest artist ever to do so with an album of new material, overtaking Bob Dylan, who topped the chart at 79 years old last June with Rough And Rowdy Ways.
The late Dame Vera Lynn holds the overall record with her greatest hits collection We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of, Number 1 in 2009 when Vera was 92.
Surrounded By Time is Tom’s fourth Number 1 album and his first since 1999’s Reload. He’s also the first Welsh soloist to land a UK chart-topper in nine years, since Marina & The Diamonds’ ‘Electra Heart’ in 2012.
Celebrating the news, Sir Tom Jones told OfficialCharts.com: “I am thrilled beyond words with the reception for Surrounded By Time, and to now hold these UK chart records is tremendous, just unbelievable.
“I am so proud of everyone who helped me create this music, I had a ball working with them and to get this result is just incredible. It’s wonderful that the public has allowed me to be musically expressive at my time of life and have shown their support. I am forever grateful.”