Official Statement On Availability Problems

This is taken from the www.elvis18uk1s.com site: To embark on what is truly a groundbreaking venture to release 18 #1 singles over consecutive weeks and get Elvis and his music to a mass audience is something we are all very proud to be involved in. If you listened to a radio, watched a television or opened a paper over the last few weeks you couldn't miss positive editorial on Presley. Getting Elvis his 19th #1 was the icing on the cake. The only downside to the project is that we've had some calls concerning issues locating stock of One Night and we really want to address this. In recent years RCA have released a number of singles of Presley material - Suspicious Minds Live, A Little Less Conversation, Rubberneckin', If I Can Dream & That's All Right. However the 18 UK #1 singles project is completely unique and something that no other company or artist has attempted. As this concept is so original we had no guide to how each single would perform. Most non remix singles of Presley issued recently sell around 15,000 copies first week so based on this, the quantities we manufactured for each single in the 18UK1s project should be more than adequate to satisfy demand. We made a marketing decision to limit the quantities of each release to make them collectible, prevent overstocks at retail and hopefully increase demand to ensure we did get Elvis back to the top of the charts, where the fans want to see him. The manufacturing run was based on previous sales history as stated and market forces (the sales of singles are declining hugely). Our goal was to sell around 60-70% of the quantities in store week one of release with the other 30-40% selling out over the weeks post this. Retail sold 60% of their stock of Jailhouse Rock and All Shook Up week one which was exactly as expected. Unfortunately, due to huge media interest in the 1000th single and certain 'non fans' buying singles to sell on ebay etc real fans have had difficulty purchasing One Night. To counter this we have a swap facility on this website and have decided to manufacture additional stocks on One Night and future releases whilst demand remains so high. I wholeheartedly apologies for any issues incurred trying to purchase singles but pls rest assured we are doing all we can to resolve them. It is worth noting that the Rolling Stones and The Beatles last had a number 1 in 1969, with Sinatra last topping the UK charts in 1967. In the last 3 years Elvis has had 2 #1 singles and 2 Top 5 releases. This is due to the amazing quality and lasting appeal of the music Elvis created, the power of his image, the work of us all at RCA but primarily because of you the fans. Let's all be proud that the King still reigns. Admin on behalf of Sony BMG
Source: 18 # UK Hits / Updated: Jan 14, 2005 
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bethuk (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 27, 2005report abuse
Well i am very disapointed i am a genuine elvis fan wanting to collect the cd set, like most people here, only to find out i can not obtain this weeks one as i wasn't outside the shop at 8.00am queing to get this weeks copy. But even if i did i still probably would not get is as an ebay seller might be in front of me and buy the lot (well the four that have been sent there) so now i am having to buy this one from ebay as i wont have the collection, well if i can afford it! the prices are terrible.It should be one per customer!!!
Johnny G (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
I have searched high and low for copies, but apart from the extortionate prices being charged by the get rich quick brigade on ebay, cant find any at all.

I for one cant afford the shell out the prices they are asking.

I just hope that BMG see sense and bring out the un-numbered copies so we can complete our sets sensibly. Perhaps a mail order service might be a way of stopping the 'over stock' problem they are so afraid of.

I dont really give a damn about the limited edition, I just want to complete what is a fabulous box set. I for one wouldnt sell mine anyway, so why wotty about the numbering.

Come on BMG, please do something to help.
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Following Johnny G's comments, should Virgin be selling multiple copies of today's single knowing that there is such a fan-base (and ebay) demand for the record?

Ten copies per person is ridiculous, and even three per person seems indulgent to me.

Through this policy I guess that at least fifty people would have seen 'their' potential single on ebay tonight.
Franklin (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Would they come with a Volume 2 box ?
just wondering

TCB
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
I have just been on the site johnny and they say there unavailiable. My boxes are all shook up and i am doing the jailhouse rock and there feeling lonely for one night and i am a FOOL such as i for starting to collect them
Johnny G (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Now this really does seem to be taking the mickey. I have just received the official email telling me that A Fool Such As I is available. The link to the site takes you to an icon to click if you have difficulty finding the single. This tells you that the single is available in ALL Virgin Megastores and give the HMV customer service call centre number.

I spoke to Virgin in Picadilly Circus and they say that customers were buying dozens of copies each and they had to limit customers to only 3 each until they sold out at 9.25am.

I guess I will just have to get up earlier next week.
Alanj (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
No copies in left in Blackpool either.What a disgrace.BMG/Sony should be ashamed of themselves!!!
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
There was no Elvis singles of A fool such as I on the the shelves in Ipswich. They were only pre orders. I will not be bothering to go to get the other singles cause its a waste of time.I have three cd singles and four vinyl singles and i dont think i will beable to fill the boxes. I might as well sell them. Can i have my money back BMG ?
Johnny G (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Can someone please sort out the availability mess for these singles. I have just spoken the HMV's call centre and they state that ALL of their stores have sold out of A Fool Such As I in both formats. They have also had loads of calls about the additional un-numbered versions but have seen none of them in any store. This just feels so chaotic. Surely Elvis deserves better than this.
Nicsy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
9.10am this morning when I arrived at The Virgin Megastore in Bristol UK, only 3 cd and 2 vinyl copies of A Fool Such As I remained. Come on Sony/BMG, please get the supply issue sorted out before many genuine fans miss out.
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Following on from pacer1965, did anyone pick up an 'un-numbered' copy of 'A Fool Such As I' this morning?
That will surely tell us if these 'extra copies' have reached the shops.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
can someone tell me where these extra singles are ? Cause i cant find any. I have three singles in my cd box and four in my vinyl box. I have more chance of seeing Elvis walk down the street than i have of filling these boxes up.
ElvinJersey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Cant get 'Fool Such as I ' or One Night anywhere in Jersey. Whats going on. Great that Elvis is back at the top of the charts but would be nice to have the opportunity in helping the cause to get him there.
scarlet o hara (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
King 14 I've taken your advice and contacted EPE. I just feel that Elvis should definately have a fitting tribute on TOTP for the 1000th no.1
Spinout (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Hey the 1000th single belongs to Elvis Presley !! I got such a smile on my face.
cockney_bill (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
I think its disgusting and very short sighted of EPE.

All this does is keep Elvis within the Elvis community, and not open him up to a brand new audience.
Just think how much publicity for the '68 Special DVD they would have had, had they used that clip....and they could have been PAID $3000 for the privilege of the advertising if they hadn't been so greedy.

God I hope this can be sorted out for next weeks Top of the pops.
Can you imagine all this fuss for the 1,000th ever UK number one, and if Elvis makes it they have nothing to show on TV?

Greed greed greed, and it doesnt do Elvis one favour at all.
King 14 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Fans could of course contact the licensing or media department of EPE and let their concerns be known .Details available on Gracelanweb site!!Harmston perhaps the licensing arrangements with the owners of JHR and the IP rights placed limitations on the use of the clip in 1983 such as time limit preventing indefinite use.All private property rights are regulated by their owners and I am sure that all licensing arrangements will regulate use to some degre or other.As Ive said before if what is being said about EPEs charging police is true then nothing seems to have been learned from when Elvis was alive-ie short term money now mentality of the Colonel to the detriment of the bigger picture and commercial potential.As Todd says EPE are going to receive nothing from this and this will contribute to damaging Elvis's image and longer term prospects for bigger things for the sake of a few thousand dollars.Sure EPE may not benefit directly from royalties from these singles but they do have a general commercial interest in the promotion of Elvis(his name and image) particularly to the next generation.Depressingly shortsighted.
Spinout (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
This is taken from the MSN Hompage today;

ONE IS NOT ENOUGH
Whilst some artists are only destined to reach the top of the charts once (if they're lucky), others just aren’t satisfied with one No 1 to their name. Look at Elvis Presley - he’s had 20 chart-topping singles over 48 years (including the 1000th UK No 1), spending a total near 80 weeks at the top (and counting). His most popular singles include Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, The Wonder Of You and It’s Now Or Never.

Elvis is followed by The Beatles who clocked up 17 No 1 singles. Cliff Richard’s had 14 and Westlife have enjoyed 12.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
come on todd you agree and are in hand with epa and now you have a go at them . they wont like it be careful
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Thank You Todd Slaughter for the info. Just wanted to let you know that we appreciate all your ideas, effort together with BMG UK for the wonderful No.1 Singles Campaign. I am from Asia but I always have the highest regards for the loyal British fans and The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain especially Todd and the late Mr.Albert Hand. Keep up the good work for the King.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2005report abuse
Absolutely disgraceful, just sheer greed yet again, something EPE are very good at it. If I wasn't a big Elvis fan, and I knew EPE would suffer themselves, I would boycott every future release. No doubt they will release a statement as they always do and blame something out of their control and just just blind us with science. $100,000 a minute ?!? Have you ever heard anything like that ? Amazing.
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Sorry to disagree with you Todd but you are wrong. No IP rights are payable to the Estate as in 1983 (I think) the dance routine from the movie was released as a video. You do not have to pay IP fees for the use of a piece of film which has been explicitly previously approved for video / commercial promotion purposes.
Sean Ryan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
So there you have the answer.
EPE are to blame.
What a pity that Elvis Presleys own Estate puts money before him.
I think it is very sad.
Thanks Todd for putting the record straight.
SendToTodd (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Warner Home Entertainment own the video/DVD rights to the movie Jailhouse Rock, and are more than happy to let the BBC clip the movie for Top of The Pops, because such exposure makes viewers aware of the availailbility of the DVD at retail. I don't know the exact scale for 3 mins but I think in the UK it's about £500.00 for network TV and £28.00 on national radio, and the BBC would be happy to pay that amount.

However, when Elvis "the intellectual property right" is used in a TV programme such as "Top of the Pops" - to perform a song on TV as part of a show - which was not negotiated for at the time of the movie being made, and not as part of the whole movie, then permission has to be given by the artist's management. (It would be just the same if TOTPs wanted to use the Beatles in a clip from "Hard Days Night").

Generally EPE asks $100,000 per minute which is outside the remit of a public broadcaster like the BBC. They could easily accept £500 ($1,000) which everyone else agrees to but they prefer the big money, and in the end only Elvis and his fans suffer, and EPE gets no money.

I think also, as much as EPE are pleased to see Elvis at the top of the British charts, it hurts their pride somewhat because they know that it couldn't happen in the States. And don't forget, they don't earn a cent from this BMG singles project, so they won't fall over themselves to help.

Clipping the 68 Special is a little different because it was a "made for TV" programme and is still within the one year re-release promotion availability window.

So no video on TOTP is not the fault of BMG UK (who incidently put this singles project together in 10 weeks - not 10 months) or Warner/MGM.

Todd Slaughter
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
I know that this may be a blindingly obvious question to ask, but can anyone tell me if I'll be able to purchase a copy of A Fool Such As I on Monday?
HMV could not give me a solid yes or no.
Are the 'additional stocks' referred to in the 'official statement' above (or indeed any remaining 'numbered' stock)actually in major retailers as we speak ready to be placed on the shelf on Monday morning?
Alanj (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
I've been trying all week to get copies of One Night,JR but finally got One Night today from HMV and was lucky to do so as they only had 5 copies delivered.The distribution of these singles has been appalling and hopefully will get better over the next releases.Anyway i've had my moan now but its great to have E back at the the top.Take Care All.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
I couldn't careless who owns what, just get it bloody sorted. Sony BMG / EPE / whoever have known months in advance Elvis was going to be Number One, this should have been easily arranged in advance. How would they know in advance - well, its not rocket science, the re-releases project would have been discussed months ago around the boardroom table, and they know January is rock bottom for sales but more importantly, they all know in advance, Elvis would have zero competition. So cut all this red tape crap, and give the fans and Elvis what they truly deserve.
Tigerman-GB (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Not meaning to be funny, but Isn't Jailhouse Rock the property of whoever now owns MGM, the film company who made the film in the first place, if this is the case then the problem isn't with EPE but the owners of the film.
Andy, GM1TBW (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Now assuming that Elvis will have the 1,000th British Number One this weekend could someone, anyone, at BBC/EPE/BMG/Sony or wherever please get their act together and have a complete video of Elvis on TOTP the following Friday. Surely Elvis and his fans deserve it!

Right I'll climb down from my soapbox now!
data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
50 years, they sure teached me something about Elvis and his management and it sure was not ignorence.
I have seen this too many times before.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
On the CD-UK website, One Night is Number One , so thats great news, albeit expected news.
scarlet o hara (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
The ridiculous business on the Top of the Pops the other night just brings back bad memories for me.
I can remember years ago when Elvis had a song in the charts - before he died I mean- and I used to wait all week to see Elvis only for it to be completely ruined by Pans People, no disrespect to them but it was Elvis I only wanted to see. And then last night I put myself through listening to all of the other rubbish in the charts only to be thoroughly disappointed yet again.
I have bought the first 4 out of the 18 cds, but I'm finding that I can't buy any of the others, they have been all sold out allready. Does anybody know what I can do? Unfortunately I can't afford £149 which Amazon was charging for Jailhouse Rock the other day, and that was a secondhand copy. I know the main reason for buying these cds is so that Elvis will be rightly at the top where he belongs, but if I can't buy these singles, then I'm not doing my bit, am I. I should think that Elvis Presley is turning in his grave, as his main concern throughout his career was his FANS.
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
No that isnt the only thing that matters.

What also does is that blame is apportioned to the right people and this isnt the Estate...People should not go around accusing the wrong people because of ignorance.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Harmston stop your legal rubbisch,there is only one thing that matters here. It was Elvis 70 birthday, the fans put him at number one and the least Sony BMG and the estate could have done was to give us Elvis at number one on TV.
IT's always something when it comes to Elvis.
King 14 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
I understand that performance rights have to be paid forbut aren't BMG the medium using them .Any licensing arrangement beteewn BMG and the owners could provide for the intended use and if a strict legal technicality means that subsequent users have to pay again BMG could charge a nominal sum .Is there not an arguement that BMG are using the performances themselves -contractually this is not a problem as the licence with owner could the use by third parties
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Legally, royalty and licensing fees are paid by the medium using it - in reality these are handled by a media agent who would pay on the medium's behalf but would invoice the medium concerned.

You simply are not allowed under UK law to give preformances away free of charge - irrespective of whether personal fees are levied, publishing and roylaty fees still have to be paid.

I do agree that someone should have ensured the availablity of footage - but that is Sony BMG's role not the Estate's. The Estate has no role in this whatsoever other to agree or refuse the usage of footage which has not previously been used as a 'video' and/or other commerical promotion.
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Sean, I expect this to be a complete fudge. As I have said previously, EPE does not own the rights to JR for release as a video or to support the CD so can agree or refuse. The Estate does, of course, own the rights to the 68 special, so arguably this could be what the BBC was requesting to use - however this makes little sense. Many many clips have been shown from this over the course of the previous months since its release. Admittedly, there is a considerable difference cost-wise between a clip and a complete song, but there is no reason whatsoever for the BBC to request this, they could have simply shown the video from the 83 reissue of Jailhouse Rock

BTW for many reasons the Estate couldn't sue for slander. Firstly they haven't been 'slandered' - in the UK, you have to sue for defamation and/or misrepresentation, which requires some form of loss in most cases - which there hasn't been in this case. Defamation on film would actuually be considered libel, so even ignoring there is no loss, to sue for libel is incredible expensive as such cases may be heard by a jury.

Anyway that's off the point. The main issue is that the Estate simply can not be blamed for this fiacso...
King 14 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
BMG/EPE should have been working together on this and yes publishing and ownership rights have to be paid for where neccesary but this should be paid and dealt with by the promotor and not the TV company. Video and TV appearnces are for promotion only .I was involved with a band several years ago who went on TOTP and charged nothing because of the promo vale. Yes rights have to paid for by TOTP if the promotor(BMG or whoever) hasn't already done so to permit subsequent use for promotion. My point is this should have been anticipated not just for JHR but all the singles which will at least go top 5 justifying a slot on TOTP.PS CD/U chart run down on in 10 mins on ITV which will give good indication of what will happen tomorrow on the official chart
Sean Ryan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
On Friday the presenter of Top Of The Pops made it quite clear when she said'We cannot show any footage of Elvis cause the Estate would not allow us to'.
If this is wrong infomation then the Estate should sue the BBC for slander cause it has made EPE look very stupid to the general public and upset quite alot of fans.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
They could have gave permission free for top of the pops to show the clip from 68 special. It would not have hurt them in anyway and it would have been great publicity.I know its not the Jailhouse Rock version from the film but anything would have been better than what they did show. Its the greatest insult to us fans. Who pays there wages ? So it would not have hurt them to give us something for free for a change.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
I agree with Harmston. As the Eastate own the rights to the 68 TV Special and as BMG seem to have a vested interest in its distribution, it seems strange that neither of them worked together to show a clip. They certainly could for ONE NIGHT. However, I still feel that the problem lies with TOTP. They either didn't have the budget, or want to use the budget for a 48 year old track recorded by the world's greatest entertainer who is no longer with us. Before everyone starts laying the blame with EPE/BMG just 'cos the presenter on TOTP said so, maybe Todd could ask the relevant question and get us the correct answer.
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Sorry but everyone charges TOTP for videos and live performances. You can not make exceptions on publishing and performance rights.

The argument that EPE did not allow them the rights to use film is ridiculous. So I dont understand why everyone is blaming the Estate; the Estate is not to balme.

If the intention of the reissues was to return Elvis to the charts, then the sole responsibility lies with Sony BMG - end of story. It was their role to secure the rights to appropraite footage not the Estate's, which probably wasn't even involved in any decision to reissue at all.
King 14 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Whoever is to blame this is a majorgaff and exceedingly shortsighted from a wider promotional viewpoint. It doesn'treally matter which clip should have been used although I feel that the 68 special being in glorious full colour and a more powerful has a more contemporary feel and would have a better promotional value.It also shows an Elvis which most of the public havent seen.The real problem is TOTP shouldn't have to pay at all to receive what should be a form of promotional material.Other artists dont charge to appear on TOTP or for use of their videos. EPE/BMG should have anticipated this (and for the remaining singles and have been ready to exploit the opportunity to pubicise Elvis positively(not neccesarily the specific single)This is the best promo opp.for Elvis in years and unless the powers that be do not wake up to the opportunities of this rare and unique situation we may as well give up and I for one wont support anymore promotions of this type. It smacks of the same shortsighted Colonel Parker style of money now that marred Elvis's career in life and its time that they learnt the damaging nature and underselling of Elviswith this approach
data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
We are not ignorant and it is no nonsens, so stop insulting fans. There is only one way to approach this. The clip , no mater witch one should have been on TV. Thats all. And i blame EPE and Sony BMG for that.
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
What a complete load of nonsense and ignorance. Firstly, showing the 68 special version of JR makes no sense as this in not the version thats on the record. Secondly, the Estate does not own the publishing rights to the only piece of logical film - the dance routine from JR the film. This is owned by Time Warner, so if anyone's to blame its Time Warner, although saying that, from a business perspective it is perfectly understandable why they would refuse to give away the clip free of charge - why should they? They have no financial interest in the performance of the CD...And there is no argument for saying that this would have helped sales of their DVs, thats simply a facile statement.

How do anyone even know that the BBC approached TW? We don't. Maybe the real blame lies with Sony BMG, it was up to them to secure the rights to the film as indeed BMG did in 83 -which they didn't do! There is nothing to stop anyone using the video from 83, so it TOTP wanted to, they could have used it and payed the royalties. Legally, the rights to use the dance routine scene in a video may be time barred but all that means is that BMG no longer has the rights for a new issue and they receive no share of income from screenings.

So the blame lies with Sony BMG and TOTP....
Elvos (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
They at EPE are always the first to bring out the news that Elvis yet scored another #1 hit!!!And you know who's responsable for it?? ...WE are as the loyal fans...We give them our hard earned money!! Now he 's back on top but we get no reward for doing so ...no they wont give us a damn thing ,not even a clip! The original Jailhouse Rock from the movie would be perfect(also considered as the first real video clip)..But EPE only wants to cash in and not give a thing in return...It's an absolute disgrace to treat the fans who want Elvis back in the charts and did what THEY could do like this..You at EPE can not make up on this one,But you better have a big surprise with the 1000th #1 in the UK..CAuse this is the best free promotion any artist could ever get!! Think of all the youngsters who maybe for the first time discover THE KING...Or is it: Money Honey if you want to get along with EPE?....
Riozzi (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
so epe failed to give permission to totp to show a clip from jailhouse rock.Have they again failed the fans,for the 1000th
number 1 single they should make it up to us in a big way & allow one night from the 68' sitdown show to be shown.We would then know if it is epe to blame or totp.Come on epe
the gravy train can't go on getting number 1's for much longer
let elvis bow out at the very top it's the very least he deserves.
Spinout (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
Hello everyone. Its a pity about the state of affairs on the chart shows but isnt it great that we all have Elvis back at number one.
Sean Ryan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
I know how everyone feels.Whoever is to blame(and by the look on the TOTP presenters face) its The Elvis Estate.

Just thought of something.
'One Night' looks certain to go to No.1 this Sunday.Doesnt that give them enough time to sort this out and show the 68 comeback Sitdown show of Elvis performing 'One Night'? Can you imagine seeing that on TOTP. That would be awesome!!!!
But i have a feeling all we are gonna get is a few seconds of music with a few pictures.
What a shame.
Emiel Maier (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Did anybody see Top Of The Pops last Friday? What were the thinking at EPE/Graceland? They didn't give permission to show a clip from Jailhouse Rock. Can you believe thát! Don't they know who is paying their wages at EPE? It's us - the fans - that allow them to make a living out of Elvis's name. So where on earth did they get the idea of not giving permission to the BBC to show the clip of Jailhouse Rock. I'm normally speaking an easy kind of guy, but this has make me furious!
louise (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
i watched the top 40 on sky channel 616 sunday 9th januaryto see if elvis had reached no 1 he did they played all of steves against all odds and played about 15 seconds of jailhouse rock courtesy of the 68 comeback special who gave permission to show that clip and yet on totp they show photos of elvis come on epe we elvis fans spend our money on putting elvis at number one we deserve to see elvis perform on television
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
I highly doubt if it was EPE causing problems. Probably lack of interest of the producers of the show for a passed artist is due to this happening. The fact that another show could use the NBC special shows that too. The NBC special is often used for promotion, and that's the thing EPE owns, not the original movie. So EPE bashers might stick their feet in their mouth before attacking in the blind.

BTW I think if anything is aired it should be the original thing... that made me a fan too, when it was a hit in the early seventies in The Netherlands.
2001 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
EPE = Too much monkey business
cockney_bill (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
I have to say that I am disgusted as well.
Why do EPE never seem to find the balance between great publicity and pure greed.
Christ - How much money do they need?

Can you imagine the fantastic publicity if they had shown the film version or even the '68 Special (and therefore further promotion for the DVD special)?

Surely something could have been agreed, or are EPE just impossible to deal and negotiate with?
There may well be rumours flying around about Elvis still being alive...Well I wouldnt be surprised if Col. Tom Parker hadn't faked his own death, and is still secretly running (ruining) Elvis' career.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
I suspect it was down to costing with TOTP, and EPE probably wanted too much. EPE own the right to the TV Special. Maybe they should have gone to MGM/Warner for a clip from the film. Of course, there would still have been a cost involved, and I suspect too much for TOTP.

I still say, and other comments seem to agree, that Elvis is No.1 because of hardcore fans making the purchase - not the general public. If the "download chart" had already merged with the normal chart, Elvis would have barely scraped into the chart.How many people are buying these singles because they are great records? As a fan, would you spend money to download any of these records? Very doubtful. True fans have these songs many times over in all guises. Sorry to sound so negative, but if your'e 100% honest with yourselves, you'll agree. However, the great thing about it is it keeps Elvis' name alive all the time, and to get the 1000th Chart Topper will be a talking point for some time to come I guess.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Regarding one of the comments below, if thats correct that on BBC Top Of The Pops, they couldnt show you a clip because the presenter said they didnt have permission, is absolutely disgusting treatment to the fans. It really is a hanging offence if thats true. Cut this red tape crap, EPE whoever knew this was going to be Number 1, there not complete idiots. I didnt see the programme myself but I look forward to other comments.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Flippar 1954This is all bull and you know it.Showing a clip of the special is promotion for the DVD. And making fans happy by doing so.
But that's too much to ask.
I've seen this too many times before, and i am sick of it.
RU Serious (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Well your all right but another point is they played 15 seconds of 68 comback version of JR not the !1957 version that is number one.
King of Western bop if your right then bmg should release "Pieces of my life" , that should get the kids jaws hitting the floor.
Elvis and his fans still bieng treated like underdogs, sure who cares he's going tobe number one again and again and there aint nothing they can do about it ( I hope).
Flippar1954 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Data, my freelance work (for past 10 years)is in music rights/clearances for broadcasts. Today, a BBC researcher had cleared J Rock 68 for this mornings BBC Breakfast show but someone from TOTP either failed to do so in time or a production cost decision was taken not to use a clip as the show's budget is relatively small, they depend on free mimed promo appearances or videos from record companies. Perhaps they expected BMG/RCA to cover the costs.Pigs could fly;-)

Copyright problems are complex, note the missing songs from the London west end J Rock musical!! EPE are easy to deal with and give rapid responses once they are satisfied prog criteria matches their mission statement on EP's image.

On Breakfast they showed less than a minute as costs mutiply form the copyright owner after 59 seconds, I was quoted $10,000 for the Berle Hound Dog clip back in 97, we used Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Trying To Get To You from 68 for a fraction of that ( a Welsh Bafta award winning tv doc on Elvis)
data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
To Flippar 1954 Top of the pops is not to blame it is EPE.
And even if only one person was tuned in to top of the pops, they had to giver permission to show a clip of Jailhouse Rock.
We should not always be so forgifving, because they do'nt deserve it. They should know fans like to see Elvis on TV and certainly when they put in all that effort to get him to N°1.
They never learn,the only thing they like is the money they make out of it.Bah.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
I sat here watching top of the pops really looking forward to seeing Elvis and what do we get but the presenter saying they could not get permission to show any video clips. God i feel like swearing. Why the earth did they not give permission to play a clip from the comeback special at least it would have been better than nothing. It would have been very good publicity for the 68 special. What a let down but there always doing that to us fans
Flippar1954 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Despite Top Of The Pops and its continuingly decreasing audience mainstream BBC Breakfast did an excellent piece on the history of 1000 UK number ones presented by Darius this morning, they even showed a brief Jailhouse Rock clip from 68 special to illustrate the 999th and Darius conceded (despite being number 5 in the midweek chart) that the King has never really left the building and will reign again on Sunday.

Bet the audience was higher than for TOTP (which is being relegated from primetime weekly slot shortly, trailing badly behind the rival soaps).BBC radio 2 has featured quite a lot of Elvis this week (Wogan etc)and even smug Mark Lammar (Fike;-)) did an Elvis related show last week. Channel 4 Wales did a 10 minute item on Elvis 70th last week, live from my dining room , bet it's the first time Bilko/Baxter/FTD cds have been seen on the channel as well as the vinyl Number 1 box!

Phil
ps a lot of youngsters have Jailhouse Rock as their latest ringtone,if only I can work out how to get I Need Your Love Tonighjt on mine!!!!
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
TOTP was pathetic - or should I say EPE was. Wouldn't allow a film clip even though he's No.1! As far as today's kids hating Elvis, what do you expect? These kids have been brought up by a generation who have no interest in rock music history. Their musical interest (such as it is) changes more often than they change their socks. Elvis stood for pure joy and having a good time. Today's youth more often than not walk around with their jaws dragging along the floor, spouting cynical comments about how hard done by they all are. Eminem represents them perfectly - cynical, miserable little twerps. Elvis represents a time that is the total opposite to what they are - thank god!
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Its tragic that virtually the entire music world (outside the world of Elvis) are appalled that Elvis has reached Number One charts and give him absolute zero airtime or radio publicity. Even some of todays kids comments on message boards are sad to read at how much they hate Elvis's music. Check out Radio I's messageboard, its frightening how ignorant some of these kids are. Perhaps its time, to start releasing some more unknown Elvis gems and try win new audiences. As brilliant as the past couple of weeks have been etc and continue to be, I don't think we have won many more fans to the Elvis world, its just us hardcore fans buying continually that ensure Number 1 status.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Unbelievable, the estate gave no permission to show a clip of jailhouse rock on top of the pops.
This is the ultimate insult to all Elvis fans.
Thank you, they really do'nt deserve fans like all of you.
Things go well and they always succeed in screwing it up.
Nothing has changed.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
it all makes sense now but where was the video to 'jailhouse rock' EPE wake up!!!!!!! Top of the Pops played an awful 10 seconds to rotating photographs !!!! or is that all he needs ? he certainly didn't need a video back in '57.
RU Serious (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Top of the pops! What a let down , no video and the wrong version, nothing has changed has it.
Rusty (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
This is fantastic news but what do BMG mean when they say swap facility on this web site ? can anybody explain.
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
This is the reply to my e-mail which I forwarded to Sony/BMG which I posted the other day. It bears out what alot of us have been saying and thinking.

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