Cliff Richard Admires Mariah

>> Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sir Cliff Richard yesterday unveiled plans for a new album and tour that will see him at 70 teaming up with Motown's greatest living artists, executive producer David Gest and even some hip hop stars.

The evergreen singer said he was tired of being "compartmentalised" by the music industry and admitted while loving The Everly Brothers and Frank Sinatra, he also admires today's chart—toppers Adele, Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga.

Sir Cliff looked incredibly youthful as he unveiled news of his album, Soulicious, at a press conference in London sporting a Caribbean suntan and trendy military jacket. He will tour the UK this autumn when his new album is released.

Cliff said: "This is just a dream come true for me. It is difficult to be 'new' when you've been singing for 52 years, but I am going to try...if we can finish this, I will have died and gone to heaven."

Speaking of the modern artists he likes, Cliff said: "Mariah Carey always sounds really special. Will Young also stands out. Leona Lewis and Adele have wonderful voices too. I wouldn't even mind singing with Lady Gaga, but she would have to take that hat off."

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