Rubberneckin' Spotted In The UK And Lost In Germany

The Rubberneckin' single has been spotted on the NME Top 100 Singles chart in the UK. The single has debuted at #85 on the chart for September 14. The single climbed to #13 from #34 on the Smash Hits Chart. The release date for the the single in the U.K. is September 22. In Germany Rubberneckin' dropped out of the Top 50 after last weeks new entry at #42.
Source: Various / Updated: Sep 15, 2003 
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Pharamond (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2003report abuse
To the Graceland staff. Do you really want us to believe that? I can see Madonna whit her latest 20 times a day.
Timberlake the same and many others, everybody knows you have to pay to get your clip on TV so just for once do the same.
TCBn with TLC Bet (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2003report abuse
From the Graceland staff:
No one can force this or any other particular radio station to get behind "Rubberneckin'". It's up to the stations to decide what songs they want to play and how often. The record company's marketing team has been pushing all stations as hard as they can. One of the best things that can happen is for fans to call stations in their area and request "Rubberneckin'".
eric (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2003report abuse
In US I have not heard the song once all week on the radio. I've scene the single cd's in all the stores but it seems it just dosnt get the airplay. same thing with ALLC, the single sold very well and made no 1 in sales but never got much airplay.
lray (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2003report abuse
To answer Mike D. Yes, you are just goofy.
TonyP (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2003report abuse
It is too early to panic, but the signs are not great for this being another UK number one. Radio 2 does have listeners of all ages as it plays a wide range of music - much of which would only previously have been heard on Radio 1. Radio 1 has become caught up in the need to cater purely for the 25 and under market and it seems they are so desperate to appear 'credible' that they won't give airplay to tracks that they believe do not comply with their strict criteria for that. The end result is a huge amount of inane cr*p is played and many good records never make the main list. Let's not forget, it was a great surprise when ALLC received regular airplay on Radio 1, so we shouldn't expect that a follow-up single would automatically be treated the same. That's not the way they work.
I also believe that the new remix simply is not as good as ALLC. The latter became more infectious the more it was heard. Rubberneckin does not. Having said that, I've never warmed greatly to the original recording, so perhaps I'm not best placed to judge.
It is still possible that the record will do well, but there will need to be a quiet week for singles releases for it to have a hope of hitting the top spot.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
Adzsan 1973 - Good points made. I agree especially with your comment regarding the UK release date, I didnt have a clue until I read it on here recently. Do you think the Radio 2 listeners will buy the record ?? I wonder what the age group is now for Radio 2 listeners as you quite rightly say, is more popular than Radio 1 but Im not sure whether it attracts the younger audience who will buy the records.
Adzsan1973 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
It may not be on the UK Radio 1 playlist , but it is on playlist 1 on Radio 2 and it is getting alot airplay. Don't forget Radio 2 have much higher listening figures than Radio 1. Also I travel around the country quite a bit and there are a lot of local commerical stations also giving it airplay, so it is not all bad news. The only problem I had was actually trying to find out when it was going to be released in the UK (found out from this report). Hope there is a flurry of advertising at the end of this week/weekend. One final thought, why isn't Paul Oakenfold being credited more forcefully on the record - ie rather than being introduced just as "Elvis Presley - Rubberneckin (Remix)" should it not be "Elvis versus Oakenfold" - would have thought this might prick the ears of Radio 1 and younger listeners??)
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
Well I've never heard of a marketing and promotion campaign that starts over a week after a single has been released !! I don't agree with that policy at all. Rubberneckin should have been on on radio stations A Lists for at least 3 weeks before it hits the shops. Here in the UK, it still isnt on the Radio 1 Playlist and it comes out in 7 days time. Thats a disgrace.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
BMG has 10 million dollars set aside for promoting 'Elvis 2nd to none'. Be patient and you will see them start the promotion. Last year the single did not sell many copies in theUSA, yet Elvis30's is almost 4x platinum in the USA alone. The promotion will start at the end of the month, and when BMG goes all out, the fans get hyped and buy 5 or 6 copies to give out at holiday. We also get psyched and encourage the youth to experience Elvis, so in a way it is a win win situation for BMG, because they get most of the promo money back with the energy output of the core Elvis fans Be patient, It's coming
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
Mike - you're mistaken, the 3,000 copies is a special box set that has been released. Take a look at previous news articles.
Mike D (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
I doubt this remix can possible be a flop aren't they only making 3000 copies. Im sure this low amount will be sold easily maybe Im completely wrong I want someones opinion on this. a Full lenght cartoon of a Elvis concert we dont have on video. maybe Burning In Burmingham done from the amatuer footage we have and done in a new state of the art cartoon.then add the soundboard. would anyone else want this?? Or am I just goofy.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
If this remix flops, its time to knock the remix idea on the head, purely because nobody will even consider it next time around. You must remember that not everybody is big Elvis fans like we all are on this website. Although too early to tell, all the signs would indicate that yet again, in most countries, this has been another example of abysmal marketing and promotion. I have to congratulate BMG Asia for their wonderful cover, its one of the best I've ever seen for an Elvis release. Instead, everywhere else gets this dated 50's look time and time again. Do these people not release that Elvis' best work was between 1968 to his death.
Mike D (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
This should not be a surprise. Rubberneckin was not the right song to do. It should be either Bossa Nova Baby. Or Let Yourself Go. These are great Dance numbers with a similiar climas like ALLC. The remix of Rubberneckin is very very good but its not the same kind of stuck in your head tune that ALLC was. who decides what songs are going to be remixed. I think they should have younger people in touch with todays music scene pick out the songs to be remixed and not the 62 year old executives who listen to Frank Sinatra in the morning. Lets hope this doesnt make them stop remixing more Elvis songs. There are more big hits waiting to be remixed but pick the good songs and do more than one at a time, maybe three. Im still hoping for a complete concert from 1976 done in a cartoon with the original soundboard added in perhaps Holding Back the years. we already have amatuer footage we can take that and make the full lenght cartoon and put the soundboard which is excellent quality. I feel alof of fans would love this. what does everyone else think?
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
Thank God! It looks like this will pass without too much notice. It is at least as bad as ALLC, and I bet everybody will have turned the CD off, before they hear the only decent version of the song. Good thing is that after Elvis turned in his grave after ALLC, he is in the right position again now.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
Released in the UK in 7 days time and it isn't even on the main Radio station playlist yet ??? (Radio 1). What on earth is going on.
Colin B (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
How is the NME chart compiled? The record isn't released yet! Do they take advance orders into account ? Or airplay?
I think we should be told.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
It's not even on the BB1 Radio Playlist yet. At one point I thought this was a certain Number 1 and still might be, but i think its hardly been given any UK airtime whatsoever.
Patrick68 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
Where I live in Montreal, it is playing 6 times a day on the 2 most listened radio stations.
Pharamond (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
Whats going on, the same thing as always, no promotion.
I have been looking for the video clip on MTV, TMF and Jim TV in Belgium on sunday and i have not seen the clip once. Are they ever going to learn how to promote an Elvis single at BMG RCA. What did i see, a lot of Madonna, Timberlake, Aguilera those three alone i have seen them more then five times on each TV channel. Elvis nothing.
Sad , sad sad Afther all these years.
There once was a man who said " forgive them father , for they know not what they do" I can not forgive BMG RCA for this, whit Elvis they goof every time, remember the late 1960 s and the seventies. ALLC i have not seen that clip since it was a succes, when will they ever learn.
Neckywoudje (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
I have a bad feeling about this. I haven't heart it on the radio (except for Croatia) and haven't seen the video (alltough friends of mine have seen it allready). And the single dropped in it's second week in the Australian charts indeed Jim, what's going on??
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2003report abuse
85 ??? Whats going on.

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