The Elvis "Rubberneckin'" remix has debuted at #1 on "Billboard" magazine's singles sales chart. Tell all your friends to buy the single and let's see if we can keep it at #1 a while. Also, please call the radio stations in your area to encourage them to play the song. Mabye we'll also see it hit the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the one that reflects airplay as well as sales.
Elvis Presley's 1969 recording of "Rubberneckin'" sold 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week in release, making it the No. 1 commercial single for the week ended Sept. 14, according to sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan.
That was a relatively anemic opening compared with the debut of last year's remix of the obscure 1968 song "A Little Less Conversation," which sold 26,000 U.S. copies its first week and shot to No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic.
Following is a part of BMG's Press Release:
BMG/RCA RECORDS’ REMIX OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S RUBBERNECKIN’ DEBUTS AT #1 IN THE U.S.
Remixed by Renowned Hitmaker Paul Oakenfold, Single Will be Featured on ELVIS 2ND TO NONE Available on October 7
NEW YORK (September 17, 2003) Following the successful path of last year’s smash No. 1 hit, the JXL remix of Elvis Presley’s A Little Less Conversation, BMG/RCA’s remix of Presley’s Rubberneckin’ has reached the top of the charts as the #1 Soundscan sales single just one week after its September 9 release. This historic accomplishment comes 26 years after the death of the King of Rock ‘n' Roll. The single, remixed by acclaimed DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold, sold nearly double the number two record. The remix will appear on ELVIS 2ND TO NONE, scheduled for release on October 7. This newest compilation will also include the recently discovered and previously unreleased I’m A Roustabout plus five additional Presley #1 singles, fan favorites and career milestones.
“It is no surprise that this new remix of Rubberneckin’ is achieving the same success of last year’s hit A Little Less Conversation and we are thrilled by it,” said Joe DiMuro, Executive Vice President, BMG Strategic Marketing Group. “It is an exciting way to kick off BMG’s 2003 Elvis campaign and is the ideal precursor to the launch of ELVIS 2ND TO NONE.”
Paul Oakenfold is often referred to as the world’s premier DJ and is one of the most respected remixers in the business, having worked with U2, the Rolling Stones, Snoop Dogg, Smashing Pumpkins and Bjork, among others. His musical tastes span a wide range of genres, including soul, jazz and disco. Oakenfold was one of the founders of the acid house scene that swept England in the late '80s and was a leading proponent of hip-hop.
In addition to the Rubberneckin’ single, BMG/RCA has released an accompanying music video -- currently on-air -- to kick off the newest Elvis campaign, culminating in the October 7 release of ELVIS 2ND TO NONE. This newest compilation will be distinctly different, presenting a broader range of Presley’s talents and incorporating multiple musical genres including R & B, rock ‘n' roll, pop, country, dance and rockabilly.
Source: Various / Updated: Sep 18, 2003