Elvis 2nd To Eminem

Elvis' classic "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" had the lead in single sales all week due to fans buying the single first thing Monday morning. But during the weekend Emenim fans took the lead and topped Elvis for the #1 spot according to the Virgin UK Top 40 (the same chart as the Official UK Top 40 chart). With this 65th Top Ten hit Elvis beats Cliff Richard's 64 Top Ten singles. Last week's #1 "It's Now Or Never" drops to #14, "A Fool Such As I" drops to #22, "One Night" actually climbs back from #40 to #26 while "Jailhouse Rock" re-enters the chart at #27. The album "Love Elvis" is a new entry at #9 on the album chart giving Elvis the lead over the Beatles in terms of weeks spent on the album charts.
Source: Virgin - UK Top 40 Chart / Updated: Feb 6, 2005 

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krister (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005
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shakyelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
I recently purchased the 80s Blue Label LPs 'The Sound Of Your Cry' and 'Guitar Man'. RCA should re-release these as they are great re-mix albums. With around 30,000 copies of WH on sale we can easily grab #1 this week, we were only 996 short with AYLT and that was mainly on Monday Sales.
Long Live The King!
scarlet o hara (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
"Wooden Heart" in my opinion is lovely. But give the fans a real treat and release it from the "Dinner at Eight" cd, let's see a human side to Elvis.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
am i hearing things but the djs are not playing on the english radio . not good if this it true . keep the chins and minds up and on the job . gi blues is one of elvis greatest selling alblum . this is my favourite album
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
Wooden Heart was a number 1 in the UK and that is what this box is all about so,you will always have people who like it and those who don't. And yes phantom kids like it,it was made for kids, just look at the picture again.
And those of you who want the box to be complete well you just have to go along with this. And a remix, well it looks to me to be the only way to give a new elan to Elvis music and the recordings from 1969 are just great for that, only thing is we don't need them all at once and that is something RCA BMG has yet to learn.
phantom3428 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
Gerard, I understand exactly what you are saying, yes, Elvis made music his way, but unfortunately, and sadly, he hasn't been around for 27 years to make anymore, and the reason most people who are all for the remixes is to keep Elvis up to date, if the great man was still with us, we wouldn't need this kind of treatment, as he would still be making music his way, and we would all still love it like we have done for virtually all our lives. I just think it's a good idea to hopefully make more people want to explore Elvis and find out more. I love almost every song the man made...Wooden heart among them, although I just don't think it will show Elvis in a fantastic light these days unfortunately. Some of his music is timeless, but this one single, I think, has dated somewhat. I also agree with you that Elvis will make number one again, hopefully a few more times. I do think however, that if these singles were not limited edition, that they would eb non existent in the charts and none of us would be worrying about it, we would just buy them because we like them, the twelveth of never, burning love, and suspicious minds come to mind.
Gerard (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
Listen everone, Elvis is famous for making music HIS WAY. not by re-mixes or anything else,and Jailhouse Rock,One Night and Its Now Or Never have shown that in recent charts. I believe there will be another 4 or 5 number 1s before this campain is out.
I like the remixes, but I would not like to buy an albums worth of it.Elvis made music his way,Thats why he is the king. I dont think he would appeciate people messing with his music. As was the case in his life-time with: How Great Thou Art Album, Am I right? I am understood he was very unhappy at the outcome of the album,am I not?
get real (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
I guess im alone on this but Ive always LOVED Wooden Heart. I always thought it was a fun song. I dont think it is weak at all. Just me i guess. I can see where it might not fit in with the younger music buyers of today, but so what ? Bing Crosby (the real # 1 record holder with 39 # 1's in the USA alone) amung others, had hundreds of great great songs that many today wont like. That doesnt mean they arent great songs.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 8, 2005report abuse
Scarlet your right 69 is the way to go ( so to speak). Phantom Eminem and Old Madoneld a marriage made in heaven lol.
phantom3428 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
p.s I also think that the remix arena is the way to go, after all we all have the originals if we want to hear them. Rob_Irish, I agree with your track listings...great idea, had to laugh at the Eminem one lol
phantom3428 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
This weeks release 'Wooden Heart' is in my opinion the weakest of all the singles in the set, it wouldn't surprise me if this got more air play than all the others, just so the DJs could trash it, ridicule it and thus preventing any youngsters (namely teenagers) from becoming addicted to the man and wanting to find out more. I hasten to add that this is my own opinion but I think this single doesnt really have any merit in todays music charts and will stand out like a sore thumb. I hope because of this it gets as much exposure as the previous releases, I don't think that it will get number one this week. Having said all that my 8 year old son loves it, so it might appeal to the children.
scarlet o hara (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
There is not one performer in this whole wide world which would be able to compete with Elvis Presley. If the record companies had produced the cd's in the quantity which the fans wanted then Elvis would probably be the only person in the top twenty! And if they would release some of the songs from the Memphis Sessions in 1969, then Elvis would probably have made a whole lot of new fans. But it will never happen, unfortunately.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Who cares what DJ's of today say about Elvis.And a hammering, all the singles they released up untill today got a hammering, why i don't know because they don't play them on there radio stations. And looking at Wooden heart dit you know it sold 900000 copy's in the UK in 1961. It was 3 weeks number 1 in NME and 6 weeks in Record Retailer.
A big hit all over Europe, not in the US because RCA made the mistake not to make a single out of it. So Joe Dowell had a number 1 with it in Billboard and sold 1400000 copys of it.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Jim Semple, :I agree with you about Wooden Heart. It's a pleasant song and fitted the charts for 1961, but not for today's charts. But many people may buy it for pure nostalgia, but I think it and Elvis will get a hammering from the music DJs of today.
With regard to remixes & duets, why not. I think Elvis would have handled the duet with Nora Jones ("here we go again") brilliantly. Typical Elvis blues feeling. Maybe BMG should try a duet of Reconsider baby, one of Elvis' finest recordings.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
sacralidge ?? Only if hes dueting with Jesus.
joemin (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
A duet between Elvis and other males would be sacralidge. A duet with a female would be fine though. I would much prefer some completye re-production of all his songs. Get rid of the back music and back-up singing and apply some 21st century packaging..
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
And Elvis and Tom Jones, I LOVE IT
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Rob you know i agree with you on a full album of remixes, but you know how hard it was in days past even to get a duet on a record. Look at Fun in acapulco, Viva las Vegas and Speedway. I like the idea it would give a new dimension to Elvis music. And a full orchestral backing is for numbers that fid in for such a recording, i know you don't like that but it is also something else and there would be a new public for it i am sure.
All Elvis fans will never agree on how or what but, we all have our own favorites and making everybody happy is impossible. But i do believe in a good remix, Stranger in my hometown or Let yourself go, they could be great. But we also agree on the point that this can only be done if BMG starts to learn how to promote Elvis in a modern way.
job (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
bring on the remixs
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
data, you know my thoughts on remixing Elvis, im all for it but, An orchestral backing? why? this isnt really the kind of material you find in todays charts? Im going to get even more contraversial jhere, how about a full remixed ablum of Elvis duets, some examples
01) Edge of Reality Elvis/ u2
02) Let Yourself Go Elvis/TomJones
03) Hold You in my Heart Elvis/ Stereophonics
04) Viva Las Vegas Elvis/ The Thrills
05) Stranger in my own Hometown remixed by Chemical Brothers
06) Trying to get to You Elvis/ green Day
07) Dont Cry Daddy Elvis/ Lisa Marie
08) Power of my Love Elvis/ Beyonce
09) And the grass wont pay no mind Elvis/ Texas
10) Suspicious Minds Elvis/ Robbie Williams
Bonus Song
11) Old Macdonald Elvis/Eminem
That should improve Eminems image no end !!.
joemin (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Buy the singles in the first week. Don't change that.
While the proposal to wait to the second week has merit, it would imapct on the new release for that week. Plus you would never get 100% of fans going along with it. There were over 1000 copies of AYLT bought EARLY in some stores, ie, in the week prior to official realease, mainly by fans who must have known that they would impact on AYLT chances of #1. As it turns out, those who bought early contributed to the #2 this week. Apparently Wooden Heart is in better supply this week apart from the delay with the extra vinyls. We should go over 30,000 for the first time.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Did any fans see channel 4 on saturday morning ? I dont know what the show was called but it was a chart show. They showed a few seconds of Elvis from the 68 special. Asking will Elvis get to no 1 with AYLT ? I dont know how much they had to pay to use the clip but if you blinked you would have missed it. I think they should do a remix of Let Yourself Go !
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Well Eddie this could be something totaly new, and i know some fans don't like the idea,but i believe it could be a big succes.There is some material fit for a remix and material that could becomme totaly new if you put a new full orchestral backing on it, so Elvis still could go a long way and this would be something new. You can not please everyone but there is music in this idea.
E.J.F... (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
As I live in Malta I unfortunately cannot help much to put Elvis at #1 so I suppose I don't have a right to suggest anything to all you wonderful British Fans.
But I believe phantom3428 makes a valid suggestion in that instead of everyone rushing to get a copy of each release (most of you without success at that) on the first week of release, you wait for the SECOND week when more copies are readily available. Hopefully this would result in an avalanche of sales which will surely help Elvis get to that coveted #1 position.
Of course BMG and all other entities are s*$ting in their pants at this upsurge in Elvis Music thus preventing new acts to have the same success and so they still can limit the amount of copies in the shops and try their best (or is it worst!) to keep Elvis off the top spot. But I feel it is worth a try.
BTW although Wooden Heart is not one of favourite songs and so wouldn't mind that much if it doesn't reach #1 (mind you I would jump for joy if it did) I will be very dissapointed if His Latest Flame/Little Sister does not get to the top. In my opinion this is one of the best Elvis singles ever and it would be a shame if it does not get to #1. So please British Elvis Fans save your efforts for this fantastic Double A-Side and let the world know what Elvis was all about!
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Data. A controversial subject amongst Elvis fans but, I too, like the idea of a re-mix. I remember Tod Slaughter saying a while back that he thought the way forward was to produce a 'Classical' Elvis album i.e. with a full orchestral backing as opposed to the Joe Gurcio (half orchestra). I know this is going off the present postings but I would be all for a re-mix album of some obscure Elvis songs. ALLC proved this philosophy.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
I think you have still got to get permission from EPE to use to the clips from his films. The only reason why Eminem is famous because he swears alot in his songs and the younger generation like that sort of thing these days
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Jim Semple Wooden heart is not one of Elvis greatest songs but you forget one thing this number was very popular because a lot of parents had to buy it for there kids.
And there are still kids and grand parents out there today so there still is a market for this song and i would even say a very big market. Give this song promotion and a clip on TV and it could be a surprise. And what non Elvis fans think of it, well afther all these years, do you realy care?
We fans know better, Elvis could sing it all,for kids, love songs, blues,rock and roll, country. It is up to BMG to get people to know about this. Up until now they only focus too much on fans and flood the market with compilations.
I repeat one a year, carefully chosen material and a good single or two( i still like the idea of a remix) and a lot of promotion and keep those albums in stores for more than one or two years give them promotion now and then and i believe this would be much better. For fans the FTD label ( it started with 4 per year well look at it now, more than 40 since 1999)
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
I agree Jim Wooden Heart is not one of his best singles. But it would be nice if we could get hold of a copy if we want too. I wont be that disapointed if it does not get to no 1. Anyone know the sales of this weeks charts yet ?
ElFan (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
I was pleasantly surprised this morning - The 'Wooden Heart' CD was actually on the shelves in HMV! They also had several copies of the earlier singles available. I was told that the 10" version of 'Wooden Heart' has been delayed for a day or two due to problems at Sony/Bmg.
Would the TV companies have to pay to use the Wooden Heart clip from the G.I Blues movie?
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
CH4 Teletext p.305 Music Review Gives 'LOVE ELVIS' 3/5. Although album of the week the critic states, inter alia, '..as a romantic crooner Elvis was some distance away from the throne..' Where on earth has this person been living. Or should I say what planet has he been living on. Elvis was a fantastic baladeer producing memorable love songs which will forever remain unrivaled. By the way, I was disappointed to see that 'Love Letters' is not on the album.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Each to their own of course, but ''Wooden heart'' is certainly not a Number I song in my opinion, not one of Elvis's best recordings. Kids today would cringe at this song more than any other Elvis song I fear, so perhaps its not a bad thing that next week, there will be little exposure ! Hey thats just my opinion !
cockney_bill (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
No chance this week which makes last weeks dissapiontment harder to bear. Ive just heard that U2's release is in 3 formats that go in a special presentation box available from U2 website.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
All Elvis Fans in the uk should be proud of themselves for getting these singles high in the charts. We have had no help from the tv and radio stations.And EPE dont want to help either. Even BMG have not done much to help.So its all down to the fans.Well done to all the fans you have done Elvis proud. And yes It would be nice to see all these singles in the top 40 all at once Susan.Can you imagine listening to radio one and Elvis is in there 17 times.That would be great ! I have had no luck getting Wooden Heart this morning though
winkle (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
It's great news to hear that the king has had more weeks in the album charts than the Beatles. After all they are regarded as making some of the best albums ever. Maybe now though it is time to re think some of elvis's albums which are hugely underestimated. It's a shame that elvis didn't hit number one this week, but there are plenty more to come i'm sure. As for BMG, they still havn't cought up with demand. Which is a shame because the fans deserve so much better than they are getting right now. As for the EPE they dont seem to want to help matters. But then again how often did we see Elvis making an effert in the 60s.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Data your right. With no air play on the radio stations just makes this whole project an anti - climax . Normaly the number one song would be played every half hour or so. Excluding Elvis from radio air play when he is number one just alienates him from the radio listening youth culture of today, its just all so sad.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
If a lot of you still complain they can not even get the new single of the week even on monday,how can you say BMG got there act togheter.You always forget most of you are Elvis fans but what about non Elvis fans they can not buy the singles because they are nowhere to be found.
So BMG still has not got any idea how many they can sell.
What is also sad is that the general public the ones that listen to the radio, is left out because you don't get Elvis on the radio stations. So what the real potential of these singles could be we will never know. No promotion on radio or TV. If radio and TV had some promotion for these singles, who knows what would have happenend. Now we will never know. So on the one hand it is nice to see Elvis doing well,but you keep asking yourself a lot of questions.
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Mine is 30,722 so maybe you're right shakyelvis.
shakyelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
Just got back from Woolies in Walton On Thames. They had 5 copies of WH, more than they have had every other week AND they were all #28000 plus. These are obviously second pressings and may well prove that RCA/BMG have got their act together.
Johnny B. Goode (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
It's great that Elvis is number one in the charts again. It just shows that he's a living legend and will truly live on forever and rememered and appriciated as the artist he was. But I'm truly sorry to see that he was second toEminem a bastard who has disrespected the king before. This just showes that there are som dumb asses out there who doesen't know how to appriciate real music. And what is this I hear about EPE not letting BBC show any Elvis footage, Cheap bastards. I the not to distnant future I hope that Elvis will be more promoted and that EPE won't be so cheap holding on to every Elvis material they have. It should be available to us, the fans. Personally I think thats the way Elvis would have wanted it. Hope to see more Elvis #1 in the charts. He can do it. He's the king and he can do anythind. HE will allways be the king no matter what.
Elvis girl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
It is all one big fix as far as i am concerned. you have no hope of getting these singles, i tried everyday last week to obtain them and just couldn't the shops had sold out by 9am Monday morning and no more supplies came in, so where the hell were all the extra copies?? Under the counter of the record shops that's where. it is disgusting the way we are being treated over these singles, i am not bothered about the fact that Elvis didnt make number1 but to lose out to a loser like Eminem. it is so disheartening when we all know that had there been enough copies of AYLT in the shops he would have made it. Don't suppose we will have any luck this week with getting Wooden Heart either!
Susan M (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
pacer1965 is right about Elvis flooding the market - all 5 of E's songs released so far are still in the top 40. The BMG chart manipulation has its up-side as well as its downside. The spin-off from the slow release of CDs is that people buy the CDs as they become available, keeping the songs in the charts. Wouldn't it be great if a majority of E's 18 single releases were all in the top 40 at the same time? That could be another sort of record, quite unprecedented, I should think.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2005report abuse
This is great Elvis is flooding the charts.This is what BMG wanted.This is fantastic. I have only just noticed it.Sorry I am getting a little bit excited about this but i have never seen this before
Susan M (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
BMG doesn't deserve the honour of owning the Presley label. It's like Col Parker all over again, stifling Elvis and refusing to let him have his glory. Still, 3 number ones and 2 number twos are no mean achievement for a long deceased entertainer. Yes, why don't we play BMG at their own game. Let's try to get Elvis to the top in the second week when they release more CDs onto the market.
phantom3428 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
p.s i know...i know...it's a very long shot
phantom3428 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
I'm just wondering if the answer is to wait a week after each single is released and buy them then, as it seems to me that after the week of release has gone by, the singles become readily available, therefore everyone can go out an almost always buy them easily a week later, wouldn't these sales go towards the next weeks number one? as many of those released so far seem to be re-entering..it's just a thought
roytcbintheuk (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
who cares Elvis as nothing to prove and with EPE not allowing the BBC or ITV to show any elvis footage just really spoils the whole thing and just P****s me right off
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
I dont want to say to much really until i know how many singles were sold this week.Why do i feel so down because AYLT got to number 2.If he done this a couple of years ago i would have been celebrating.I think we should all start asking the record shops if we can have a look in there stock rooms.I went in HMV friday and got INON and AYLT on cd.I went in again saturday and they had no singles.Someone on this site told me they went in sunday and they said all the singles were availble except for AYLT.They said they asked about AYLT and they said they were still in the stock room.How are you going to sell these singles if there not on the shop floor ?
get real (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
No real surprise here i think. Im just surprised Elvis got to #2 and not #3 . The next few weeks i think we can forget about any #1's happening. U2 and Keane will have new singles out, and they are both sure to to well.
I think any top 5 hits are good. And these mid week sales postings dont mean a thing. Not unless there are 50,000 copies of Elvis' singles available. Otherwise, he will be # 1 up until saturday each week, and then be taken over on the weekends.
ElFan (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
On the one hand it's fantastic that Elvis has another #2 hit, but on the other hand it could so easily been another #1. We are 5 weeks into this campaign now and the CD stock situation is still diabolical - how long does it take to put things right? Unless as 'hedgehog' says the charts are being manipulated! What's the betting on the availability of 'Wooden Heart' tomorrow morning....
hedgehog (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
just watch come monday morning youll be able to pick up AYLT from most record shops.The charts are being rigged by these companies, my cousin works for one and says his shop has 5 in stock and has been told not to sell them untill monday. Its about time an investigatoin was started into this scam. We still love you Elvis and always will. Your still No1.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
This has nothing to do with prooving something,if Elvis could have sold the most records this week but the singles where not in the shops,well it is simply unfair.
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
Ok, all well and nice. how about another 5.1 surround cd? Any of the 70's tracks could be mixed in 5.1. the Quadradiscs are already in 4 channel sound. it wouldn't take a genius to figure out a 5.1 mix. the #1 collection in DVD audio sold well. it's time to move Elvis Way into the future. some 5.1 mixes PLEASE. a music video collection. even if it does come from the movies. there were some fine songs in those movies!
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
No matter what! No 1 or No2! It's still history happening!
Elvis Presley second to one of the hottest names in pop today! So what? Elvis doesn't need to proove anything anymore! The King is still The King!
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
We're all missing the point here. Elvis was Number 1 comfortably up until Saturday again. So why is he getting pipped at the post again - quite simply, thousands of us can't get hold of the records still. The pattern is familiar now, instead of AYLT falling from 2 to 40 next week, it will be a definite Top 20, and so on, because shipping is so slow. Just look at ''One Night'', its gone from 40 to 24.
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
So Elvis is at No.2 is he? Let Eminem have his day. Give him 51 years after his first recording and see how many No.1's he's having - or any chart placings.
cockney_bill (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
Downloads do not come in to effect until late March/early April so I dont know why anyone would comment that thay are now in effect.

There is obviously rigging of some sort going on.
Like a lot of people have said - If someone gets to the top with sales in excess of 15k above Elvis, no problems...but when its only a few thousand (if that) when M+M has been in the shops all week and Elvis has not appeared in ANY record shops that I've been in...then the competition is not fair is it?
Make the competition fair, and if you lose then you hold your hands up. When its not fair, then people feel cheated.
Can you imagine the Beatles doing a similar campaign and not a single Beatles release being available in the shops?
No - Nor can I.
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
Never mind E fans. We've still got some great singles to come in the next few weeks. Next week, however, U2 have their new single out, so I think Elvis might be pushed out again. Still, five in the top 40 and his album in at N0.9. Not bad.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
And also this,listenig to that top 40, my ... what a lot of non music. I love music but what they make these day's has little to do with music. It is no wonder sales are so low.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
"Eminem beats the King",comment on radio 1. How can someone who has one number in the charts beat someone who has five?
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
Amazing just listening the the top 40 run down on radio one, Elvis mentioned 5 times, 5 top forty chart placings... surreal!
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
I'm far from happy if this is true, I like many others, have not been able to get the records. Number 1 is a brilliant achievement, but Number 2 these days in the charts, sadly is a bit of a non-event. There was a comment below that downloads are included now in the chart sales - when did that happen ?. And where is the EPE response why they have banned all TV stations in the UK showing Elvis footage ??
Aarons (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
I'm not going to bother sweating over this one. It's bound to happen.
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
GeorgeM,, Well done Sony/BMG? Are you sure? Why can't people buy these records in the shops? These problems were diagnosed in the first week, and I encountered difficulties in obtaining One Night as far back as 17th January. I stick by my theory that the whole thing is an embarrassment to the record industry, and that it suits all involved (apart from the public) to either continue to limit or deliberately hold back these releases. The whole thing stinks, and the first three LP re-issues are STILL not available in Walthamstow. Why not?
CapiTrueno, I'd use the same adjectives to describe Eminem as I would any number of the bland, characterless acts, who can only muster sales of c20,000 of a multi-format single in 2005. I'll leave you to ponder what those might be.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
5 in the top 40, not bad at all. But if it is true Elvis dit not get to number 1 because again fans or non fans could not get a copy then there is a dirty game going on.
I don't mind Eminem getting to number 1 but it has to be fair. What are radio and TV people going to say now 5 Elvis numbers in the top 40, is this only because fans buy these records? PS: Will Eminem get to number 2 in 2050? i don't think so, do you?
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
Well at lease M&M will have a video to show as the number one and not an embarresing substitute. I think its terrible television not bieng able to show the best selling single in at least video form, its just all rather embarressing for all involved so i would'ent blame them if it was a fix for M&M to beat Elvis to number one.
They can do whatever they want you know and get away with it. If we cast our minds back to ALLC, that single on the 4th week at number one was with drawn from all the shops due to the release of Garth Gates on the 5th week . This was done to ensure that GG would get to number one as ALLC was still selling out and would have had at least a 5 week run. I heard this as fact on a few radio stations from DJs who were none too happy with this swindling of the number one spot.
GeorgeM (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
It seems variable. As stated by others here we were told the extra copies would be available the week of sale. That has applied to vinyl only so far and not cd (the mass seller).
The cd copies seem to turn up anytime following the deadline for them to count in the first weeks charts. Are you lonesome tonight may have turned up today at 12 midday opening in HMV? These wouldn't sell anywhere near as much as If they were released a few days earlier to count towards that important initial chart placing. This must be the current policy by Sony and / or record shops as well. I suppose record companies certainly wouldn't want to harm Eminem's position so we can expect this whenever the record companies want a current act to hit number 1 e.g ciara (?) and Eminem.
Remember also downloads now count towards the charts, so Eminen and co are likely to win out there regardless of what Sony do as us Elvis fans want the physical cd media.
I suppose we shouldn't compalin as three number 1's and two number 2 placing are far away beyond our wildest dreams so enjoy the rest of the releases and buy them when they become available for your collection!
It would be unfair to criticise Sony as these positions count as the best ever in history by any artist anytime previously including Elvis so well done Elvis, Elvis fans and Sony BMG UK really.
cockney_bill (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
I just find it amazing that despite being told last week that ALL future releases would be unlimited and as many stock made available as shops wanted..You could still not buy this weeks single after midday on Monday. I know there were a few postings from people that said there was stock at their store, but for most of us nothing. I actually looked in 9 shops during the week whilst travelling around London in my job and not one shop carried the single. a few HMV's had quite a lot of stock of previous singles and they were numbered as well, so where had they been sitting all this time? All the numbered 'A fool such as I' CD's would have helped this to No1 if they had been in the shop on release week.
I bet my life that numbered 'Are you lonesome tonight' copies will turn up in the next couple of weeks in HMV and Virgin...and to me that's disgraceful. It stinks. If there are copies made, why are they not on shelves in the shop?
How ludicrous is it that you can not just walk in to a record shop and buy a single that is out that week?
Like I said, I couldnt give a flying f if my copies numbered or not, I just want to be able to buy a copy on release week at any day that I choose to go in the shop.
CapiTrueno (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
C'mon, guys, I can't wait to see the adjectives you use to describe Eminem. *lol*
DeLorean (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
I'd still love to know why I can't buy a copy of these CDs in any music store. There are like gold dust. Surely it is been fully proven that the market is there for these releases, so why not have more issued?
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
I want to see Sales Figures ASAP if this is true. Why is Elvs struggling so badly at weekends? Are we still struggling to get copies in the shops, what the score?
I am Buffalo-Horn! (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2005report abuse
This is quite appalling news. It is totally down to Sony/BMG not supplying the shops with the single. They decided early on this week not to supply the shops with extra copies, God knows why. This is the second time Elvis has failed to reach number one due to no-one being able to actually buy the singles. There have been none to buy in the shops since Monday 8.00am & RCA were well aware of this - it is an absolute disgrace... they have absolutely no excuse whatsoever for this failure...

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