As of last Friday, "A Little Less Conversation" has been deleted by BMG and they will not be restocking stores with the No.1 track which spends its fourth week at the top spot. The shock move has come just three days before Gareth Gates releases his next single, also on BMG. Rumour is BMG bosses are desperate to get Gates to the number one spot and feel that Elvis is the only one to stand in his way. A BMG spokesman supposedly said:
"It's been a great run for Elvis, but his time is up. Gareth is a big fish at BMG and the bosses will do all they can to make sure he gets to Number One. They have spent a lot of time and money on promoting Gareth and don't want him to fail."
Also BBC suggests in their "chart facts" that Gates' single might be the reason for the withdrawel of A Little Less Conversation: "Elvis Presley’s No.1 success enjoys a fourth week at the top, but this is the end of the road for the King. The record company, BMG, has announced that it is taking the single off the shelves this week, effectively cutting it off in its prime. Why would they do such a thing? They say it's because the World Cup ad that featured the song is over and so the single's life is finished. The fact that BMG are releasing Gareth Gates' new single next week and would like it to hit the top spot can't have anything to do with their decision... can it?"
Source: BBC / Updated: Jul 7, 2002