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Cliff Richard's album inspired by a 'bad period'

By PA Reporters

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his first album of new material in 14 years.

The 77-year-old singer, whose album Rise Up will be released on November 23, said its title and lyrics reflect the "bad period" he has been through.

Sir Cliff was recently awarded substantial damages after a judge ruled in his favour and found that BBC coverage of a police raid on his home in 2014, following a child sex assault allegation, was a "very serious" invasion of his privacy. The star was never charged with any offence.

The music star announced his new 16-track album from London's Abbey Road Studios.

It was where he recorded his debut single Move It 60 years ago, on August 29, 1958.

Sir Cliff said: "I chose Rise Up as the title track because after the bad period I went through in my life, I've managed to rise up out of what seemed like a quagmire."

He said that for two years of his life he "couldn't sleep or think about anything".

"I love the lyric 'They're never gonna break me down, they're never gonna take me down, they know I'm gonna rise up feeling stronger'," he added.

"It is always great to sing lyrics you can 'feel' and I really felt those words!"

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