It is a black day in history. Elvis Presley's latest album, by far the best so far, has lost the #1 spot in the UK charts. If only all fans recognized the miracle that Sony did on his poor originals. Finally they got the treatment they really deserved by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Elvis would be so happy with the result, since, as we all know, he loved it when his music was altered after the studio session. Unfortunately he was too lazy to encourage the producers to do it more often. That's why we were stuck with poor performances on If I Can Dream, Burning Love, Steamroller Blues and all the others for so long. Gladly Sony performed this little wonder under the inspiring leadership of Priscilla, who still carries his name, even 40+ year after their divorce. </sarcasm>
If I Can Dream is #3 in the UK, Scotland and Australia.
What a pointless posting! The fact that the album has now sold over 200,000 copies in the UK shows that you are very much in the minority with such negative views. His chart success should be something to celebrate rather than to ridicule.
I am with you Brian 100%. I am playing it right now for the umpteenth time and I am still reeling from the magnificence of it all.-A fan for over 50 years and I am staggered and surprised by the power and clarity of his voice, and I don't know why as I have every master released.. What confuses me is that I rate all the renowned releases of Elvis in the 50's, 60's and 70's and can't for the life of me understand why all Elvis fans don't rate this one
'If I Can Dream' is the best Elvis album since 'From Elvis In Memphis' and I mean it.
Wow what a great posting ! (sarcasm)
While it's really great to see our man back in top of the charts, I kinda agree with Lex on this. Have been listening to this compilation for a while and can only say this: songs which were orchestrated as originals sounds far better than other (just because I am used to this kind of sound), and the rest - with "forced orchestration" sound unnatural to me. I could have lived without this compilation. In my opinion (sorry, you guys!), Christmas Duets was better - but not the best - project. If only more songs were done the way The First Noel (from Duets) was... (no sarcasm at all)
Why the sarcasm? I was anxious to hear this album. When I did I fell completely. It's one of the best compilations and productions of any Elvis album in a very long time. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra calls for respect not only the orchestra but the producers not least. This is a good musical product and not least does it make Elvis' vocals shine. The album deserves positive recognition, which I think it has received by topping the UK chart, and elsewhere too. Especially these days when you consider what's hot in the pop/rock world. I guess it's hard to swallow for those who turned this project down, long before it's release. I'm an Elvis fan. I support quality releases like this, carrying Elvis' name!
Had I been told in advance that this album would be top 10 then I would have been delighted. To had spent 2 weeks at #1 is incredible. Looking forward to seeing the sales pass the 500,000k mark this year. Anyone know what the sales are for week three?
In UK 1st week sales.79,053 2nd week 88,603 3rd week 68,825. So should be over 250,000 total as of today. 30 No1 Hits has sold total 1,810,000.
We must all remember that Elvis was just another fairly good singer never to be compared with true greats like the phenomenal Bouke of the Netherlands. ;-))
Like a sow's ear; give it a rest people. Original Elvis recordings-yes, crap like this-no.
Cruiser621 A bit extreme and dismissive of something very professional with your remarks 'crap like this' . How do you propose,( if you are at all interested ) to get Elvis relevant with that element outside the Elvis faithful even for a brief time . I presume you have a reason for disliking it so intensely so it would be interesting to hear your analysis. Sales of this project could possibly, and I say possibly open the door for other goodies like the Elvis On Tour 'extras'.
I don't feel that re-doing or adding "dressing" in the form of additional orchestration does anything to advance the legacy of Elvis Presley. Leave his catalog as is and stop trying to re-live the past by supposedly updating his catalog as mentioned to see if he hits the hit parade or whatever you so delight in.
Excellent recording and if heard on even a store speaker system like Barnes & Noble it sounds extremely clear and present! The vocals all sound as if freshly recorded with the only dud being the "grass" song. Still disappointed that I cannot find this release in any WalMart or Best Buy. And there is no television ad or radio airplay or ads...sheesh why didn't they make a deal with QVC where it would have set records?!
has anyone heard the Elvis reggae version of Such an easy question ? Where do we stop ?
2nd UK Midweek Sales Update to 23rd November
1 Adele - 25 (614.4k)
2 Elvis - If I Could Dream (45.9k)
3 Justin Bieber - Purpose (42k)
4 Enya - Dark Sky Island (27.5k)
5 One Direction - Made in the A.M (22.5k)
What a fantastic performance. Realistic chance of #2, certainly a #3 looks likely.
Up-to-date U.S.A. "Billboard 200" results . . .
"If I Can Dream" #79 (was #44 last week)
"It's Christmas Time" #108 (was #153 last week)
I can't understand the criticism for the album, but you that's what makes the world go around. It is fantastic, in my opinion. It doesn't diminish the originals, it enhances the original vocals. I love them all and I have to hear the It's Now or Never version every time I get in my car. Great idea, great product. I hope they do more.
3rd UK Midweek Album Sales Update (25.11.15)
Albums (Sales to 24.11.15)
1 Adele - 25 (681,019)
2 Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (57,044)
3 Justin Bieber - Purpose (51,728)
4 Enya - Dark Sky Island (31.3k)
5 One Direction - Made In The A.M (27.3k)
I anticipate the IICD album to go Platinum by Friday.
It's amazing how well Adele's new cd is selling! Adele’s "25" has broken the single-week U.S.A. album sales record, according to Nielsen Music. After processing the first sales reports from Monday, Nov. 23, the album has already sold at least 2,433,000 in pure album sales in slightly more than three days!
TheMemphisFan - A nice time for us Brits as we rarely rule the world in anything these days and reminds one of Beatlemania in 1964. An Interesting point to me is that Adele although pretty has no writhing diva body and is there through sheer talent. Elvis has consistently paid the price for becoming 'larger' which has often threatened to overshadow his talent and achievements, while the total physical disintegration of MJ seems somehow be ignored by the majority.
Adele just spent a week in NY doing many TV appearances. It was pure hysteria. Right now, she is the hottest thing in the music world. Everywhere she went fans were there hours before to try & meet her. From all reports she was very nice to everyone signing autographs, and taking selfies. Class act and great singer. She deserves her success. Sir Tom was also in town this week for a book signing, and even sang a few songs at Barnes & Noble. It will probably be the last time Adele & Elvis share the charts!
Steve V - Not at all sure you are right that it will probably be the last time Adele & Elvis share the charts. I can see Adele getting at least one more hit album :-)
allthough adele is now the nr.1 Elvis, the If I can Dream release is a succes. Many people like the cd and I have really no idea why this website is so negative about it. Its just fine when you don t like the album, but Elvis in the charts again is a good thing. Lex comment writing its my site and I' ll win at the end is annoying. I thought this website was for elvis fans, for sharing information and news. Sad.
I was trying to update this news with a little nightmare of my own, but Lex is too much of an Elvis fan, so he told me no :)
In other words, lighten up guys and girls, live and let live, even in this Elvis World, shall we?
albion73, "If I Can Dream" was/is a success in Australia and the U.K. mostly because of television promotion. Hype is important when it comes to sales and achieving high chart positions, and Adele has received plenty of hype in the U.S. for her new album. However, "If I Can Dream" hasn't been the hit that it deserved in the U.S. because of the lack of television promotion. Priscilla did appear live on a few news channels to promote it, but there have been zero television commercials. I suppose no one can tell SONY how to run their business, but I would sure like to when it concerns our boy Elvis! Oh well, it is what it is.
~ One thing is for sure though... SONY has certainly accommodated most of us fans with the Sony Legacy Edition releases and the FTD collectors label. :-)
The lack of promotion is not only in the USA. I can give you a nice example of the attitude of Sony here in The Netherlands. Yesterday I had reporter from a regional radio station (Radio M Utrecht) broadcasting from my house. (With at least 200,000 listeners). On live radio I could give the album a firm boost. But before the broadcast the radio station contacted Sony and asked for a few copies of the CD to give away to the listeners. And the reply was: "We do not see the promotional value of the record's attention at your radio show", end of quote. WHAT!!!?? It is just unbelievable. I mean if the record is not being heard over the wireless, nobody will take notice..., and nobody will buy the record. It is just a vicious circle. But having said that: I am extremely proud of the British, the Scots and the Australians. What you have done is really amazing. Today I am being even more proud to be an Elvisfan, with the success of such a class album. (I rest my case :-))
Phew, at least one branch of Sony that sees the real value of this product.... no promotion for Elvis :D
Lex, no offense, just being curious. But can you explain what your motivation is running the elvisnews website?
It makes me meet people at Elvis Child Disco's :D. Sorry for liking the real thing and not having anything with these poor surrogates.
The Official UK Top 5 Albums + Additional Entries - 27th November 2015
1 Adele 800,307 (CD: 542,498, download: 252,423, vinyl: 5,386)
2 Elvis Presley 77,261
3 Justin Bieber 74,028
4 Enya 39,954
5 One Direction 36,543
IICD drops from 1 to 2 on the Physical Album Chart
Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits drops from 63 to 72 on the Physical Album Chart
IICD drops from 3 to 10 on the Vinyl Album Chart
Elvis Christmas Album is a new entry at 26 on the Vinyl Album Chart
Artist Of The Century drops from 66 to 72 on the Streaming Chart
IICD drops from 71 to 83 on the Streaming Chart
Elvis:30 No.1 Hits drops from 82 to 90 on the Streaming Chart
Elvis: 30 No.1Hits is a re-entry at 88 on the Download Chart
IICD drops from 11 to 17 on the Download Chart
IICD rises from 3 to 2 on the Album Sales Chart
Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits drops from 67 to 75 on the Album Sales Chart
IICD rises from 3 to 2 on the Scottish Album Chart
Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits drops from 65 to 68 on the Scottish Album Chart
The Elvis Collection drop from 27 to 29 on the Music Video Chart
I Am An Elvis Fan drops from 91 to 99 on the Streaming Chart
IICD (Vinyl Single) drops from 4 to 9 on the Vinyl Singles Chart
The BPI have awarded Elvis a Platinum disc for IICD. Total sales as of this week: 313,742 units.
Thanks Brian, Those are incredible numbers. Will this album remain in the top 10 right up to Christmas?
After a few weeks already, #2 is still pretty darn good.
I would indeed consider to buy Adèle's CD too... now that is Selling with a capital!
'Hello' lex: the adelenews.com domain is still available...
Up-to-date U.S.A. "Billboard 200" results . . .
"It's Christmas Time" #78 (was #108 last week)
"If I Can Dream" #102 (was #79 last week)
2nd Midweek Update - UK Album Chart (Sales to 1.12.2015)
1 Adele - 25 (331,513)
2 Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (67,176)
3 Justin Bieber - Purpose
4 Little Mix - Get Weird
5 Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh
No sales available for positions 3 to 5 at present.
Thanks Brian. This album certainly has legs. Sales seem to be growing. Based on earlier figures it won't be far off 400k by the end of this week. Elvis could have another million seller in the UK if this keeps up. There has to be a follow up based on this performance.
Brian are you hearing any rumours of RIAA awards in January?? There must be more due.
Keep on posting those sales figures Brian. It is highly appreciated. I just saw that the IICD album is number 2 again this week. (Behind the unbeatable Adele). But what struck me the most is the amount of sold units: an amazing 96,000 CDs! (I personally think that Elvis benefits from the fact that Adele's CD cannot be streamed. So if people want to obtain a hard copy of her CD than they have to go to a record store to buy. The fact is that IICD stands next to Adele's CD on the record shop shelves. Many buyers may be tempted to buy IICD as well). I personally would not like to stand in the shoes of Priscilla or the decision makers at Sony. A follow up that would sell considerably less would be considered a failure. The music business is a tricky (and difficult) one these days. I mean: IICD sold in its first week just 20,000 copies in the States (reaching no.21 in the Billboard 200) and failed to climb in the next week. Whereas on an average over 60,000 copies or more are being sold in the UK up till this date. The fact that this major Elvis CD release is being profitable also is of benefit to Follow That Dream Records. It justifies that there is still an Elvis market out there. If sales of general Elvis CD releases would drop than the accountants a Sony would certainly pull the plug out of FTD. In the early days FTD made a profit (the first FTD's were pressed in quantities of 10,000 units). Nowadays those figures have drastically gone down, and FTD is only breaking even. So bear this in mind.
Brian Quinn, how many units of the "If I Can Dream" cd have been sold in the U.S. so far?
Also, Emiel Maier made mention of FTD. I do wonder how many total FTDs have sold since 1999... considering 130 regular releases, plus LP issues, plus 18 books... my guess is about 650,000 total units.
I believe the IICD album has sold around 52,000 in the U.S.A. to date. Only SONY and Ernst Jorgensen know the sales figures for the FTD releases.
The Top 5 UK Albums for w/e 11th December, 2015:
1 Adele - 25 (354,000)
2 Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams (236,000) *
3 Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (104,574)
4 Justin Bieber - Purpose
5 Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh
Total sales to date for IICD: 514,605 units.
Holy cow! Those sales figures are out of this world. Over 100K units sold in one week: that is just unbelievalbe. I hoped it would sell well but nobody could predict these numbers. And christmas is just in two weeks time... It looks like IICD is heading to be a million seller in the UK!
1st Midweek UK Album Chart Update (sales to 13.12.2015):
1 Adele - 25 (158,000)
2 Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (51.5k)
3 Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams (51k)
4 Justin Bieber - Purpose (44k)
5 Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh (29.9k)
IICD should go Double Platinum by Friday.
Is it possible that IICD could get back up to #1??
At he moment IICD is neck and neck with Coldplay for the No.2 position. I cannot see IICD getting back to No.1. However, chart positions at this stage are not important but sales are and Elvis is increasing his sales week on week. Coldplay are now losing sales.
Latest UK Album Chart (Top 3) (Sales to 15.12.2015)
1 Adele - 25 (269,358)
2 Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (86,391)
3 Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams (86,239)
By Friday the weekly sales tally for IICD should be around 120,000 and easily the best sales week yet. Double Platinum here we come.
Hi Brian, Elvis climbs back in it seventh week to the second place, just behind the unbeatble Adele. What an amazing achievement with 121,000 units sold! That is the highest amount sold by Elvis in a single week since its release. I expect Elvis can hang on to the number two spot for one week and then it will fall in the charts. But what an amazing time this is for us Elvis fans.
Hi Emiel, I agree. Other entries on the UK Charts for w/e 18.12.2015:
'If I Can Dream' rises from 3 to 2 on the Physical Albums Chart; rises from 14 to 13 on the Download Chart; rises from 3 to 2 on the Album Sales Chart and rises from 97 to 86 on the Album Streaming Chart.
'Elvis' 30 No.1 Hits' drops from 82 to 83 on the Physical Album Chart; rises from 100 to 90 on the Download Album Chart; rises from 78 to 75 on the Album Sales Chart and rises from 99 to 89 on the Album Streaming Chart.
'Artist Of The Century' rises from 84 to 65 on the Album Streaming Chart.
'I Am An Elvis Fan' is a re-entry at 96 on the Album Streaming Chart.
'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll' remains at 36 on the Top Music Video Chart.
'The Elvis Presley Collection' drops from 27 to 46 on the Top Music Video Chart.
'If I Can Dream' rises from 3 to 2 on the Scottish Albums Chart.
Elvis' 30 No.1 Hits' drops from 75 to 80 on the Scottish Albums Chart.
'Burning Love' (IICD Version) rises from 90 to 85 on the Scottish Singles Chart
Apparently, the IICD advertisement is being shown at the Showcase Cinema Chain which has 17 locations throughout the UK. This also includes being shown prior to the new Star Wars film. Great marketing move by Sony (UK).
The thing that struck me the most is that the proposed single of this album (If I Can Dream) did not chart at all. (Apart from the vinyl singles chart). So I am most suprised by the fact that Burning Love has entered the Scottish singles chart. That seems to be the most popular (and commercial) track of the album. That song is also the one which I hear when I listen to BBC Radio 2. (Yes, every weekend I listen to BBC Radio 2 here in The Netherlands). Also 'Fever' has had massive airplay on Radio 2 in Belgium. Do you agree that the sales of the IICD album has benefited from Adele's 25? Both albums cover the same type of music (if you understand what I mean). With Elvis standing next to Adele on the record store shelves, my guess would be that 10 percent of the buyers '25' may have also said: "...I want that Elvis album as well...".
Emiel, I agree, the Adele album certainly appeals to the same type of audience that Elvis appeals to. 'Burning Love' does appear to be the most liked track. However, it's a matter of taste. Whilst I like it and prefer it to the original it is far from being my favourite on the IICD album. My favourites are 'An American Trilogy'; 'How Great Thou Art' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.
The 1st Top 5 UK Albums Update + 1 for w/e 25th December, 2015:
1 Adele - 25 (159,804)
2 Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (62,040)
3 Justin Bieber - Purpose (47,324)
4 Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
5 Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh
64 Elvis Presley - Elvis' 30 No.1 Hits
Sales only for the top 3 at present.
2nd Top 5 Midweek UK Album Sales Update. Sales to 22.12.2015:
1 Adele - 25 (300,849)
2 Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (122,847)
3 Justin Bieber - Purpose (92,275)
4 Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams (85,733)
5 Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh (no sales info. at present.
Those sales figures are just unbelievable. Just imagine if Adele had waited just a few more weeks before the release of her album..., Elvis would have topped the charts for at least a few weeks more. But hey, he topped the album chart for two weeks. So we have nothing to complain about. I also noticed that Burning Love is on the A-list of bbc radio 2. So it will have lots of spins this week! PS, Brian I have send you a PM.
The Top 5 UK Albums For w/e 25th December, 2015
1 Adele 449,870
2 Elvis Presley 173,468
3 Justin Bieber 140,919
4 Coldplay 123,393
5 Jess Glynne 88,150
Thanks Brian. It just gets better and better. Obviously sales will collapse this week, but I wonder will Elvis get a birthday bounce? Either way the total sales will definitely reach 1 million in UK which is a phenomenal achievement. Adele ghas been the only one able to compete with IICD. Look at the artists that have been left in his wake.
Latest UK Midweek Album Charts (4.1.2016)
1 Adele - 25 (4k ahead)
2 Elvis Presley - I Can Dream
3 Justin Bieber - Purpose
4 Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh
5 James Bay - Chaos and the Calm
I will go out tomorrow and buy a few more copies for friends and relatives. Would be nice to see Elvis at No.1 on his Birthday.
Top 5 UK Albums + 1 for w/e 8th January, 2016
1 Adele '25' 43,446 [2,539,346]
2 Elvis Presley 'If I Can Dream' 40,417 [921,076]
3 Justin Bieber 'Purpose' 35,694
4 Jess Glynne 'I Cry When I Laugh' 24,931
5 James Bay 'Chaos And The Calm' 17,184
66 'Elvis' 30 No.1 Hits'
As I suspected Elvis remains No.1 on the Physical Album Chart (downloads are his Achilles Heel) and still No.1 on the Scottish Album
thanks Brian. Could get to 1,000,000 by the end of January. if not it will certainly get there by Valentines day.
I agree Joe. This album is one of my all-time favourites and despite what some people say Elvis would have loved it and been proud to record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. By the way it is their 1st No. 1 Album.
The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart+1 - 15th January 2016
1 David Bowie Blackstar (146,168)
2 Elvis With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tracks From 'If I Can Dream' (33,165)
3 Adele 25 (33,051)
4 Justin Bieber Purpose (32,077)
5 David Bowie Nothing Has Changed (22,355)
69 Elvis' 30 No.1 Hits'
Total Sales To Date for IICD: 954,241 units. 45,759 units to reach the 1 million figure.
Top 10 UK Albums For w/e 22.01.2016:
1 David Bowie 'Blackstar' (81,403)
2 Adele '25' (36,397)
3 David Bowie 'Best Of Bowie' (34,052)
4 Panic! at the Disco 'Death Of A Bachelor' (26,392)
5 Justin Bieber 'Purpose' (25,953)
6 David Bowie 'Nothing Has Changed' (16,031)
7 Jack Savoretti 'Written In Scars' (14,208)
8 Elvis With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tracks From 'If I Can Dream' (12,510) (Total sales to date: 966,751 units)
9 Jess Glynne 'I Cry When I Laugh' (12,396)
10 James Bay 'Chaos And The Calm' (11,284).
Re. IICD. Priscilla has just posted on her Twitter Account that talks are in hand for a Concert(s) in the UK with the RPO.
The idea of a concert sounds good. What are the total sales figures now Brian?
Hi Joe, Approximately 988,422 units. Another 3 weeks should push it over the million mark.
The Official UK Top 15 Albums Chart - 19th February 2016
1 up 1 2 13 Adele 25
2 up 1 3 303 David Bowie Best Of Bowie
3 up 1 4 14 Justin Bieber Purpose
4 new 1 Ronan Keating Time Of My Life
5 down 4 1 11 Coldplay A Head Full Of Dreams
6 up 4 10 26 Jess Glynne I Cry When I Laugh
7 down 2 5 6 David Bowie Blackstar
8 up 7 15 15 Little Mix Get Weird
9 down 2 7 3 Rihanna Anti
10 up 3 13 62 David Bowie Nothing Has Changed
11 up 5 16 16 Elvis With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tracks From 'If I Can Dream' (7,844) (total sales to date 995,586 units)
12 down 4 8 3 Sia This Is Acting
13 up 1 14 87 Ed Sheeran X
14 down 5 9 3 Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind
15 down 4 11 15 Ellie Goulding Delirium
Thanks Brian. I hope that a fuss is made when it passes the 1,000,000 mark. I will be in the UK next weekend, I'll buy a couple of copies while I'm there.
'If I Can Dream' is back in the Top 10 in today's (7th March) updated UK Album Charts at 9.