Elvis and Priscilla
The If I Can Dream album was sanctioned by Elvis Presley\'s former wife Priscilla, who was involved in choosing the track listing Reuters

Elvis may have left the building, but he is as popular as ever securing the number one slot in the album chart nearly 40 years after his death. His new album If I Can Dream, which is a collection of his classic songs sanctioned by his former wife Priscilla with the backing of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is his 12th to top the UK charts.

He now holds the record for more number one albums in the UK than any male solo artist and ties with Madonna for the most by a single artist. He is also three behind the Beatles who have hit the LP top spot an incredible 15 times, according to information released by the Official Charts Company.

Priscilla Presley told OfficialCharts.com: "This is an album that Elvis always really wanted to do and he would have been so pleased to know his fans are still there and they continue to love his music. The most talented team put this album together and helped us all realise an unfulfilled dream."

The King took the top spot in this week's album charts with 79,000 chart sales, handing him the second-fastest selling album of the year behind Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Rod Stewart achieved his 34th top 10 album with Another Country in second place, while Elbow frontman Guy Garvey was at three with the release of his first solo recording Courting The Squall.

Adele's held on to the top spot in the singles chart with Hello the first release from her highly-anticipated forthcoming album 25 keeping Justin Bieber's Sorry at number two, while Sam Smith's Bond theme Writing's On The Wall was at number three.