Singles Updates

Here are two updates on the singles box. First the Netherlands: Dutch Elvis fans may want to watch the popular show RTL Boulevard (RTL4 - 18:25 hrs.) tomorrow as Elvis is the Cover Story. They will give full attention to the the singles box and Elvis upcoming birthday. According to BMG the media is "all shook up" about the great looking box. It will only take 500 fans to get the box in the chart, so use the links below! The UK: Elvis is, according to the mid-week UK chart sales, 2,500 copies ahead of Steve Brookstein with "Against All Odds" who is currently no 1. Every shop in Edinburgh city centre are completly sold out! BBC predicts #1 spot for Elvis Here is a piece I found on the BBC indicating that Elvis may have his next #1 hit this week. If the record does make the top spot, it will be Elvis' 19th UK number one and the 999th in the history of the UK pop charts. The song first topped the charts in 1958. Chart analysts say Elvis could score the 1000th number one as well. His record One Night will be released the following week, followed the week after by A Fool Such As I, as part of his record company SonyBMG's new Elvis campaign. It has called it "the most ambitious singles release campaign in the history of the UK record industry".
Source: Various / Updated: Jan 4, 2005 
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shakyelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2005report abuse
Guys, as regards singles sales this week I think we should consider the matter carefully.

The fact that Steve Brookstein is donating his sales to the Tsunami Fund, I think will be of little consequence. This is due to the fact that people are donating left, right and centre to what is a very worthy cause. However, Brookstein's song is ONE of at least 3 charity singles in the top 40 (band aid 20 and bo selecta) and I think people are tired and slightly depressed by all this awful news of (band aid sold over a million). Furthermore the public will probably wait for a few more weeks for the Tsunami charity single feat. Sir Cliff and others to come out, and then buy that.

Add to this that the fact that AAO has been out 2 weeks already and despite sales from Sunday is still well behind El, it is probably unlikely that he will catch up now.

I would also like to say that due to the long reign of charity singles in recent weeks at #1 the public may want a more upbeat and easy going #1 for the next week OR two, especially when one considers it is going on hype alone and not airplay (and that it will be El's birthday weekend).

Anyway if you see JHR it buy it!
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2005report abuse
I went on the Hmv uk website yesterday and it said that All shook up and Jailhouse rock singles have been deleted
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2005report abuse
I just want to say, remember that A Little Less Conversation was taken out of the shops and stopped because it was selling to much and was going to keep Garth Gates from the number one spot!!! well thats what happened or ALLC would have stayed at number one for a much longer time.

The powers that be can do wot ever they like with the positioning of these singles.
shakyelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2005report abuse
HI again!

Just looked at the HMV website, where this morning ALL the singles on BOTH formats were available to order except for ASU. This evening ALL the singles on BOTH formats are now UNAVAILABLE for order!!!

Could this mean that HMV have sold out of ALL the singles since this morning which can only be a good thing (so long as they have been ordered as they are released) OR can anyone think of anyother reasons as to why they are no longer available.

Always Elvis
Son Of Mark 64 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2005report abuse
I bought the first 16 no 1's box set in 1977 rca label in usa picture sleeves 23years later I bought box set no 2 17no 1's by castle music in original uk sleeves then I purchased box set no 3 17 no1's coloured vinyl by castle music in uk original sleeves then came box set no 4 five years latter bmg/sony
18 no 1's cd version set no5 18 no1's 10" vinyl version and after all these years not a one is correct as per the original issues eg wrong covers and b sides on all shook up wrong cover on way down wrong info on latest box sets.
and not only that even made up no1's on 30no1 cd
after all this time its a god job some one knows the truth because rca or what ever they which to be called are changing history in my opinion of course todays Elvis fan must be totally confused by what they have been lead to beleave over the last few years please somebody please put the record straight after 5 trys make no 6 correct
I hope its called ELVIS 35 NO1'S 2006
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Great news that Elvis is back in the charts. My biggest disapointment with the vinyl is that they are not in picture sleeves. I think that BMG released so much PR that it kinda clouded the picture. I have re-read one article and it does NOT mention that the vinyl would be in picture sleeves, but I know quite a few fans who were expecting them to have one. I also had to ask for another copy of JHR as the first copy given to me had a split in the bottom of the bag. But maybe that was to make it look like an old record as the photocopied creases do. And the creases are in the same place for each release!!! Strange though, 'cos when I bought a brand new release all those years ago, the sleeve was virtually perfect!!

RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Channel 4 in British TV just had a very good feature on Elvis and the singles on the Richard and Judy show. Very good indeed it was too. Showed clips of "The come back " and "Aloha" dvds plus " Love me Tender" .

They had nothing but praise for Elvis and advertised the singles in a positive way. Of course though there was the ass of an impersonater included in the guest line up, half bald to o!!

Apart from the wannabe it was all very positive, good one Channel 4.
shakyelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Mark R,

On Radio 2 last Friday, Bob Harris was talking to one of the marketing team about the release and pointed out that it was HMV who originally release ASU. The BMG marketing guy said that there was something about the copyright to the HMV label image which meant they could not use it. Hence BMG released the single on the RCA label if RCA had released the original and as it WAS released on RCA 1088 when it was coupled with Heartbreak Hotel.

Hope this helps.
Son Of Mark 64 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Just received my copies of JailHouse Rock andAll Shook Up
on cd & vinyl just a note of intrest my Jailhouse Rock vinyl label saysShes Not You on the a side any body else had this also why does the box say way down went to no 1 on 13.08.77 when it was at no 3 I think when he diedcould have no5 it has been a few years now to remember.
Also why is the labe/lcover not a copy of the hmv original there must be a reason alot of mistakes on one release dont you think never mind its worth to make him no 1 again
keep on buying everyone
get real (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Great post with lots of info ! ill look into that. I dont mind if im incorrest at all, and i wish E gets #19. But it is posts like yours, with REAL information in it, that are great. Ill look into your post. GREAT!
This is where im coming from , maybe im nit picking, but,,it also lists Bohemian Rhapsody as 14 weeks at #1. The first spent 9 weeks, followed by aanother 5 weeks in the next release. Can it be double counted like that ? Seems like it is double counted when it suits, and counted as seperate singles when it suits also.
I REALLY hope JR gets to #1, then i can worry about how to catagorize it in my crazy head, hahaha.
Either way, good post Shakyelvis !!
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
BMG should donate this whole single box set profits to the Sri Lanka tsunami disaster !
shakyelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Actually Get Real, the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles counts Bo Rap as 2 #1s, giving Queen 6 not 5 #1s. As a consequence WHEN JR goes to #1 it will be Es 19th #1.

I believe that it's all to do with catalogue numbers as Bo Rap charted as emi 2375 and as parlophone queen 20. Therefore JR was released in '57 as rca 1028 whilst it is on a different cat no. this time.
rickyboy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
the comments about edinburgh city centre unfortunately are not true in regards to the singles box sets. I purchased both singles yesterday (cd format) in h.m.v. and my fiancee bought the vinyl releases today from the same place. however it is great to know that the REAL X-FACTOR star is 2,500 copies ahead of a one trick pony, he only got there because he offered to donate to the tsunami fund, not that that is a bad thing because that was horrendous a thing to see and every penny helps i suppose.
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Get real, get real. QED
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
This is brilliant news. Elvis will never have a better chance to get to number 1. The vast majority of the public think Steve Brookstein is awful (don't be fooled by him winning X Factor) and with record sales being very low these days, its all in Elvis's favour. And of course it will count as his 19th Number One. It will go down in history as Elvis Presley Number 1 January 2005.
get real (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
ok Eddie,
rather than just running your mouth off, why dont you give some examples of how what you are saying happened in the past. At very least try to sound like you have backing for your ideas.
there has been SEVERAL examples of it happening before - i just picked two for my examples. Now you show me your examples. Im sure you dont have any, especially judging from previous posts of yours on this site.
IF, and i stress IF, it is thought to be # 19,,,, then it will be a first and the rules would have to be re-written just for Elvis, even though the same rules were not re-written for others in the past.
Ill even help you out here, because lord knows you need it - it could be thught of as the 19th time he got to #1,,, but not a 19th Elvis song that was #1.
So, it is now your chance to show you have some actual knowledge of what you are talking about.
I wont hold my breath.
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Of course it will be a 19th No1 for Elvis. It matters not that the record will be a second no.1. It is the fact that the singer/group has achieved the no1 position with the song. There is no double counting in this situation. You will be proved wrong
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
lets hope that they do . unusual shot of elvis on this one . havent seen a shot like this before of ever . i wonder who the photographer was ????? . why do we all want elvis to be number 1 . it always has been since i have been a fan from 57 . is it also to uplift our personalities . good question i hope .
get real (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Jean Michel, good question!
Judging from the past,it will not be reguarded as a 19th #1 for Elvis. If you were to look at Queens Bohemin Rapsody, it if only counted as one #1 for them , even though it had been there a few times.
Band Aid i think is counted multiple times becasue it was a rerecording of the song with new singers.
Still - it is important to remember that the # 2 song is a Tsunami relief song (since last week profits go to the relief fund ), so #1 will be hard for Elvis to achieve. 2500 copies is a small amount, especially so early inthe week. The best thing Elvis has going for him is that the other song has been out for a few weeks, so maybe it will slow up alittle in its sales.
But at worst, if it got to # 1, it would increase Elvis weeks at #1.
I was the first to say that none of these 18 #1 releases will get to #1.
I hope i am so very wrong !
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Absolutley fantastic. I wish Elvis a no1 for all Elvis fans in the Uk and wherever. I am over the moon with this news.
shakyelvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2005report abuse
Hi! I pre-ordered all the singles on both vinyl and CD, and am waiting for them to arrive. Nonetheless I have been into my local HMV and Woolworths stores. Full credit goes to both who are really pushing the singles.

My two local Woolworths stores had sold out of All Shook Up which was in their chart #6 and between them had only 3 copies of Jailhouse Rock (#7). But HMV steal the thunder.

The Guildford HMV is always meticulous in pushing Elvis product. At the store enterance the TWO singles in both formats were clearly on display, whilst the 10" singles were distinctly displayed in the Vinyl Single Section, whilst the CDs were likewise displayed in the NEW Release section. TOP Marks HMV

jean michel (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2005report abuse
Technically, if any of those singles reaches the number 1 spot (& I sure hope so !) : will it/they be regarded as "new" # ones , and consequently add up to the already existing 18 , or "simply" as re-entries "only" matching their previous top position ?
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2005report abuse
The re-release of hit song Jailhouse Rock was out-selling X Factor winner Steve Brockstein's cover of Against All Odds by 2,000 copies on Tuesday.

If the record does make the top spot, it will be Elvis' 19th UK number one.
chicken (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2005report abuse
It's great news that elvis is heading to number one again this week, but we must make sure he's there again next week for the 1000th number one this is a milestone of real significance and it's only fitting that the honour belongs to the king.

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