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Sir Cliff Richard set for Christmas comeback

by Antony Bushfield

The Christian singer is expected to make a bid for Christmas number one with a track from the new release.

Sir Cliff, 75, has already completed most of the album after signing a deal with Sony Records, thought to be worth millions.

It comes just weeks after the entertainer was cleared of allegations of child sex abuse at a Billy Graham event in Sheffield.

He is now suing the BBC for its live coverage of a police raid on his home.

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Quoted in the Sunday Mirror a source close to Sir Cliff said: "Cliff has made no secret of how unfairly he feels he's been treated.

"It's going to be the sort of rock and roll sound that made him famous, but it'll also be very personal.

"For Cliff, working on this record was a wonderful opportunity to escape the agony of false allegations. Writing and planning it was a cathartic experience."

It's believed Sir Cliff is also upset that many BBC radio stations avoided playing his music during the police investigation into him.

A spokesman for the BBC said: "The Radio 2 playlist is chosen by a team of experienced producers who meet weekly to consider the music presented to them.

"Each track is considered based on its musical merit. There is no reason why any new material by Cliff wouldn't be considered."

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