Listing Of Last Week's New RIAA Certifications

Following is a list of the gold and platinum upgrades and new certifications presented for Elvis by BMG/RCA and the RIAA at Graceland on January 8th. Certification Upgrades These albums already had official Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum certifications. They are listed here with their current status as of last week's presentation. The Top Ten Hits, 4 x Platinum Elvis, From Nashville To Memphis, The Essential 60’s Masters I, Platinum Let's Be Friends, Platinum Elvis’ Christmas Album (1970 Package), 9 x Platinum You'll Never Walk Alone, 3 x Platinum Elvis Sings Burning Love and Hits From His Movies Vol. 2, 2 x Platinum Separate Ways, Platinum Elvis Sings Flaming Star, Platinum New Certifications These albums received their first certifications in last week's presentation. Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies Vol. 1, Platinum Almost In Love, Platinum Double Dynamite, Platinum Love Me Tender (1987 compilation), Gold I Got Lucky, Gold C'mon Everybody, Gold Frankie and Johnny, Platinum Elvis 2nd to None, Platinum
Source: EPE - Elvis Presley Enterprises / Updated: Jan 12, 2004 
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Robert Nelson (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 16, 2004report abuse
Good question offered: more certifications awarded for sales of titles which are no longer available(?) May I suggest an educated guess ? RIAA, EPE, and BMG are re-auditing Elvis old record sales figures and updating the status of Elvis' true record sales achievements therefore, the reason the estate is receiving all these awards long after the titles were dropped from the catalogue. Other suggestions?
Son Of Mark 64 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2004report abuse
could some body please explain to me how these old albums are being upgraded as you cant buy these titles anymore so how are more being sold to reach a gold record ?
Pharamond (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2004report abuse
I don't understand what is wrong with a remix, one a year and a good promoted album a year. That makes 10 remixed songs in 10 years.Let us face facts, there is nobody in a group of general ( no fans) record buyers that will give money for a song like ALLC in it's original state, the same goes for Rubbernecking and a lot of other Elvis songs.
You don't fool around with the classics but what in heavens name is wrong when you remix a song that even most fans dit not like that much and that surely is no classic.
Once there was a man in 1968 who was making a TV special, he liked a lot of the new music and also found that the sound had improved a lot. Once there was a man who was not so pleased with the way his records where produced. He even sang a lot of his songs in a different way then on record. He even admitted that a lot of the songs he made in the sixtees for the movies where patchwork. So what are we talking about. And yes indeed Lex , Elvis has never been very hot in Nederland, and now he had a number 1 and a number 5.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2004report abuse
Pharamond, what I am saying is that I don't need them to enjoy Elvis' music and that I do not enjoy Elvis' music being screwed. When I became a fan Elvis wasn't really hot either in Holland and I am sure every now and then somebody will see the light, without remixes.... but still... I don't really care about that, since I'll enjoy Elvis anyway.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2004report abuse
So they remix a song and put it on a greatest hits comp. to boost sales. Great! I have no problem with that, but where does it end. Do they do a gospel remix? a Christmas remix? a ballad remix? One for each type of music Elvis ever recorded? Do they remix the entire catolog? I think not. I'm glad the remixes have introduced new, younger fans to Elvis' music, but at some point the younger generation has to accept his music in it's original form the way he intended or all is for not.
corey3rd (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2004report abuse
The reason why a remix "costs too much" has little to do with the actual production of the song. It has everything to do with the amount of money that a label has to pay Clear Channel and other radio station owners through "independent record promoters" in order to get on the airwaves. A hit song nowadays costs a million bucks in this semi-legal form of Payola. BMG doesn't want to pay that much money on a project that they already spend a lot of money advertising on TV ads in order to reach the Elvis fans.
Pharamond (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2004report abuse
I remember the days when songs like ALLC , Rubbernecking and a lot of others came out in the sixtees and the seventees. Do you want me to cite what fans and music magazines wrote about a lot of them, i have it all.
I also respect your opinion Lex, but not the quote that says" i don't give a damn if others like Elvis or not" because that is the exact reason why Elvis is still there.And to keep that alive you need things that put a light on Elvis now and then. You can buy every old song a thousend times, i don't care. But i like something new now and then and i loved it. If you don't like remixes why buy a set like "30 N°1s "or "second to none" or every upgraded FTD release, they don't sound like they used to and are in a way rexes to? Why stereo, when it was first released in mono? Times change.
8735 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2004report abuse
Please, RIAA It´s time for to give Elvis the daimond and Multi-daimond grades. Elvis has them ...
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2004report abuse
TonyP, I agree... it is a very big picture you painted :-D. The whole point is that I don't give a damn if others like Elvis or not. In my ears the remixes are equivalent to rape, which is criminal. Compare it with painting a black pair of sunglasses on the Mona Lisa just because the youth might like it. I know people will say that we still have the original Elvis-versions, they are not damaged (like the painting in my example), but that's how *I* feel about it.
We just have a different opinion, there's no need to tell me (and anyone else that disagree with you) I miss the big picture. I do not say you are insecure in your admiration for Elvis, so you need new people to underline your taste either.
TonyP (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2004report abuse
I find it amazing that some fans don't seem to see the bigger picture in relation to remixes and the importance of attracting a new audience for Elvis. The value of remixes is their ability to catch the initial attention of people - particularly young people - who would otherwise not even bother to take the time to consider whether Elvis' music remains relevant or not. The hope is that once people take the time to listen properly to Elvis, they will then be prompted to explore further and the brilliance of his original work will get through to them. That will not happen in all cases of course or even in the majority of cases, but Elvis must have gained thousands of new fans through ALLC - people who otherwise never would have bothered looking into his work. It's easy to say 'if the youth don't like Elvis for what he is, it's their loss', but I don't think we should give up that easily. There are two reasons a remix can succeed better than an original release in gaining new fans:
1. Sadly, the release of an original Elvis song as a single is not going to receive enough support in the media to attract the attention of anyone but existing fans. A remix will get more airplay and more attention generally
2. We are all guilty of having a short attention span when it comes to unfamiliar music - dismissing it if on first hearing it doesn't immediately grab us. A remix is more accessible to the ears of those who listen primarily to chart music.
A remix has been, and could continue to be, a powerful marketing tool for Elvis. As fans we will all know that once Elvis has your attention, he is more than capable of sustaining it. If remixes succeed in getting that attention from current non-fans, that can only be a good thing. Of course it has to be a good remix and the right song. Personally, I'm not sure Rubberneckin was the right choice.
Null (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2004report abuse
Lex, I 1000% agree with you! If young can not take it like it is well, let's forget about it! Sorry but that's the way it is!! You just don't retouch any paints or sculptures from the greatest painters or sculptors.
"Memories" pressed between the pages of my mind! Period!!
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2004report abuse
No, and you are completely entitled to your opinion, but I wanted to state that not all Elvis fans like the remixes. If the youth don't want Elvis for what he was, it's their loss. Why destroy what is good? And I don't care at all if other people like him or not.
Pharamond (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2004report abuse
For Lex , i believe you are. You know what they say about people that keep hanging on to the past. It is good to have a past, but it is better to look at the future.
And Elvis has a future, but not when you keep on repeating things endlessly. Even the biggest fan must know that.New and young blood is needed to keep Elvis alive. There is a halt to the amound of money i spend on Elvis CD's. Does that make me a bad Elvis fan?
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2004report abuse
No, I do not like it, and I'm an "older" fan.
Pharamond (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 13, 2004report abuse
Strange, if you see this, and then you hear E. Jorgensen say a remix costs too much. Elvis outsold every other artist in the world and the record company feels it costs too much to bring out a new sound for younger kids to learn to know Elvis. Music has changed and you are not going to get young peoples attention by bringing out over and over again the same old stuff, let us face facts even we older fans have got every note Elvis sung in a studio at least a few times and that's OK, but you can't exspect younger kids to do the same. Give us a new sound ,and let us be honest, we older fans love it to . It is so nice to see Elvis in the charts.

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