Following is a press alert issued from the RIAA hinting at something special happening at the gold/platinum records presentation at Graceland january 8th.:
Presley Still The 1
Elvis Presley To Be Honored With Gold and Platinum Sales Awards For The Recently Released ELVIS 2ND TO NONE Album
A Surprise Announcement During Birthday Celebration Ceremony
Memphis, TN (January 8, 2004) - To commemorate the day Elvis Aaron Presley was born, and fifty years after he began his illustrious career, the Estate of Elvis Presley and Graceland will kick off a four day celebration of Elvis' birthday with the annual ceremony proclaiming January 8th Elvis Presley Day throughout Memphis and Shelby County. Elvis, who already has more RIAA certifications than any other artist or group, will be honored by the RIAA and BMG Strategic Marketing with a special presentation of new Gold and Platinum sales awards at a press event beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 8th, 2004 on the Front Lawn of Graceland. In addition, the RIAA and BMG Strategic Marketing will make a special announcement regarding the King of Rock & Roll's status as a global superstar. Elvis as a recording artist continues to top the charts and garner new support more than twenty-five years after his death.
The new awards reflect sales of the recently released ELVIS 2ND TO NONE album, as well as some sales award upgrades for classic Elvis releases.
Who: BMG Strategic Marketing, Recording Industry Association of America, Elvis Presley Enterprises and local Memphis and Shelby county officials
What: Special surprise during the ceremony and press conference to commemorate the anniversary of Elvis' birth.
When: Thursday, January 8th 11: 45 am Front Lawn, Graceland