Cilla Black’s family thanks fans after late singer tops the album chart

“We have all been touched by the public's outpouring of love for our mother this week, and now to give her a number one album today is absolutely perfect. Thank you!”

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Cilla Black has posthumously notched up her first number one album this weekend after her greatest hits compilation reached the top of the charts. 

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The entertainer and legendary Blind Date presenter, who died earlier this month, topped the charts with The Very Best Of Cilla Black.

The album was originally released in 1983 but only made it to number 20 at the time.

It was re-released in 2013 to include favourite tracks and dance remixes of some of Black’s classics.

The compilation includes Anyone Who Had A Heart, the biggest selling single of the 1960s by a female artist, You’re My World, Love’s Just A Broken Heart and remixes of Imagine and Faded Images.

It re-entered the charts two weeks ago, shortly after Cilla died at her holiday home on August 1 in Spain aged 72.

Her family issued a statement thanking fans: “We have all been touched by the public’s outpouring of love for our mother this week, and now to give her a number one album today is absolutely perfect. Thank you!”

Over the course of her career, Black released 15 studio albums and 37 singles. She notched up 11 top 10 singles – the second highest number for any British female, behind only Shirley Bassey and Petula Clark, who both had 12.

Her last number one was You’re My World in 1964.

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