Dame Shirley Bassey poses in sequined gold face mask ahead of new album


Dame Shirley Bassey poses wearing a matching mask and sequined gold gown ahead of the release of her first new album in more than five years.

The Welsh star, who is celebrating her 70-year career in showbusiness, was photographed in Italy this autumn.

I Owe It All To You, due for release on Decca Records, is being described as a “grand finale” and will be dedicated to her fans.

It will include both new material written especially for the 83-year-old, as well as tracks chosen to reflect her life and career, during which she has released 70 albums and sold nearly 140 million records.

Some of Dame Shirley’s biggest hits include the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.

Her last studio album was Hello Like Before, which was released by RCA in 2014.

Dame Shirley first started singing as a teenager in her native Wales, performing in pubs and clubs while also working in a factory.

The Classical Brit Awards 2011 – London
The Classical Brit Awards 2011 – London

She became the first Welsh singer to score a number one single, in January 1959, with As I Love You from the album The Bewitching Miss Bassey.

She was the first recipient of the Brit Award for best British female solo artist, in 1977, and the first musician to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Cardiff.

She was made a dame for her services to performing arts in 2000.

The new album will be released on Decca Records later this year.