Clayderman returns to recording studio

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KING of the easy-listening album, pianist Richard Clayderman, is planning to release a new CD, his first in almost a decade.

The French-born musician, 59, sold millions of records in the 1970s and 1980s featuring renditions of pop and classical tunes. He has spent the years since playing live concerts of similar fare, including well-known tunes from films.

It was announced yesterday that he had signed a major deal with Decca to record his first album of new material to be released in the UK since the 1990s.

His re-emergence comes just days after the return of David Bowie following a ten-year recording drought. Although Clayderman may not have quite the same level of cool, he is the world’s most successful pianist according to Guinness World Records and has sold in excess of 85 million albums during his career..