The Second #3 Hit

After a series of #1 hits and a series of #2 hits it appears we are in for a series of #3 hits. For the second week in a row an Elvis re-issue single enters the charts at #3. Elvis' chart listings this week on the official UK Top 40: #3 Rock-A-Hula Baby #33 (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (dropping 30 places) #34 Surrender (dropping 14 places) On the Official UK album chart the compilation "Love, Elvis" climbs from #30 to #19.
Source: Virgin - UK Top 40 Chart / Updated: Mar 6, 2005 

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dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 8, 2005report abuse
elvis was the most versitile artist of all time. Everything he did was great and no one has ever come near him for this. who give a hoot about the grammy's. forget about them they are like the oscars, here one day gone the other. elvis should go for a oscar in a film but no one has tried. cost too much i suppose. jorgenson takes the easy way out and should try. i would be more impressed if elvis got a oscar and he has more chance of this.
ElFan (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Maybe it's not too late Mister Cool. All 18 singles could be released again in the 7" format and also as Picture Discs complete with storage boxes!
Mister Cool (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
I think the vinyl should have been in 7" format with original picture sleeves.This would have boosted sales. If Heartbreak Hotel gets released next year it should be in 3 formats: cd, 7"and10"vinyl. Hopefully with original HMV labels. I also think A little less coversation cd should have a bonus unreleased remix included.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Back to the availability issue. In my local HMV in Gloucester, the only copies of Good Luck Charm were those pre-ordered and behind the counter. In the last few weeks, there have been additional copies in the racks, but not today. Plenty of back catalogue in the rcaks, but with HMV charging an extra £1, I think they're likely to sit there. Anyone else noticing stock problems again. Please be specific with towns etc. With reference to Woolies, no copies of GLC to be found even at 11.00am, although it was listed at No.2. If you cannot get it at Woolies, and their sales don't count, it doesn't matter if they get stock or not. In fact, I would be glad they don't if the sales don't count.
xeletahi (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
"its Easy for you", a song i love but it would never make it in todays singles charts, its far too serious and depressing in my opinion. we need "Power of my Love", "I Just cant help Believing " , although I do think the alt version of "Lovin Arms" would make a fantastic single too and its quite serious but an absolute masterpiece..
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
As emjel posted earlier it's all about relative sales, the market is obviously picking up, so if the current required sales for a No1 are 40,000 ish, then it is a physical impossibility for Elvis to get another No1. I do think that at this stage of the release schedule, whilst we should have had at least 5 No1's (had all things been equal), number 3 is still something to be immensely proud of. The next edition of the Guinness book of British Hit singles is going to be a treat to read.
One other point: Lex: I always try to avoid posting reactions to your comments as you are obviously a wind-up merchant, but to say Elvis "never did anything outstanding except in the early days" is the kind of pretentious, idiotic and blatantly wrong comment I would expect from Beatles Monthly, not an "alleged" Elvis fan. Stick your irrelevant b/s on "I hate".
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
CD KIng & Others - I couldn't agree with you more about Elvis' lack of Grammy awards. I was speechless when I heard that Ray Charles had received one for Lifetime Achievement - not because he didn't deserve one, but where is Elvis'. Elvis could qualify for both life and death if you think about it. It's a well know fact that Elvis never really mixed with the "powers that be" in Hollywood or out in the open within the music scene, and I reckon this is one of the reasons he never picks up these kind of awards. Never mind, leave it to the Brits, and we'll induct him into our Music Hall of Fame.
I am Buffalo-Horn! (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Are we all absolutely sure that singles bought in Woolworths do NOT count in the main chart? Can we get a second opinion on that please? Incidentally, I agree that "It's Easy For You" is a great song, much unheard by the general public & massively under-rated. The best version to hear was used on a B side here in the 80's, remastered by Boppin' Bob Jones, who without the benefit of working on a seperate vocal track, still managed to increase the volume on the first rather strangled few lines. I loved the song & the versatile Bob was able to use it as a B side with a bit of persuasion from yours truly!
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Basically I said that what we think is outstanding (as fan) obviously differs from the general opinion.
volvo (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Lex, oops, I might of got a bit carried away there, I just read your later post saying that you can think of at least 100 outstanding Elvis songs! You've confused me (it doesn't take much), I'm not quite sure what you're saying now!!
volvo (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Lex, do you really believe that Elvis did nothing outstanding after the early days? I suppose it's just a matter of opinion but I think he was outstanding throughout his career, his charisma, his musicality, the emotion and feeling he poured into his performances. Suspicious Minds, Always On My Mind, How Great Though Art... I could go on all night - all outstanding in my opinion, it's fine if you don't agree, but you shouldn't state it as a matter of fact - it's not fact it's just your personal opinion.
SendToTodd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Don't give up hope folks, there is still the chance for a couple more number one's out of this series. Easter is a lean time for sales - people are starting to buy chocolate eggs, and have a few days out by the sea in the freezing rain. If everyone who eMails this site eMailed a dozen local radio stations with request NOW for Return To Sender, Devil in Disguise, and The Wonder of You we might get some pre-release plays! Also tag on the release date for the presenter to announce. If we can get a few hundred plays across the country we might just move a few thousand more copies. But you have to do it TODAY - please! Todd Slaughter
MichelleKing (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Hiya everyone, another number 3, a little upset but at least Elvis is near the top where he should be!! I have been reading some of the comments and from a few, their seems to be a disregard for todays music and that it cant live up to Elvis's music - the pop stars may not have the career elvis had or the purity, charisma or general genius, but they are trying just like Elvis did in the 50's. My mum tells me that when elvis came out, she was 16 and her parents said "he is awful - never last, cant sing" and look what happened!! Every generation moves on music wise, which is only natural and should happen, i think todays music is very promising with some great solo artists - Joss Stone, eminem, dido, Alecia Keys, Robbie Williams. Although i think some of the greatest talents are in the form of bands with the scissor sisters leading the way and also some home grown talents - keane, Franz ferdinand, to name a few!! I am in my early 20's and just adore elvis and have been a fan since a baby and will be a fan forever but i do want to stick up for the music of my generation - their are some great talents around and do deserve to be in the charts!!
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Steve, next to Suspicious Minds, I can name at least 100 songs of which I think they are outstanding because Elvis sung them the way only he could. But they were not renewing. Like e.g. your example... it was done one year earlier by the author... and Elvis stayed very close to the original and it became a hit because of his voice, but obviously it was nothing "new". I can understand they chose "Aquarius/ Let The Sunshine" in '69 (although I don't really think it was outstanding sung by them).
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Yes another hit for the king. I love RAHB maybe some fans might think I am abit weird cause I do. A massive drop for His Latest Flame this week
Steve B. (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Lex, I think Elvis did some outstanding work after the "early days." I have often thought "Suspicious Minds" was Elvis' best crafted single ever. And of course, the Grammy folks did think his gospel stuff was worthwhile.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
This site is not mine: " is a non-profit magazine by fans for fans." (taken from the about ElvisNews page). As you can see that's plural, which means that there is more than one.
xeletahi (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Your hardly going to delete yourself now are you, it is your site. And as for Elvis never doing anything outstanding, i am not going to bite the bait.
xeletahi (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Ron BAker , terrible suggestions, theres better songs to release.
CEP (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
I think we will gradually see the singles debut at 4,5 and so on.There are some big releases from other artists over the next few months and people just are n't buying extra copies of the Elvis singles. I was in Virgin in Piccadilly Square London at at about 6.00pm on Saturday and they had dozens of numbered copies of Rock-a- Hula on the shelves.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Well, with the risk of getting deleted since it's off topic: it is very easy why Jailhouse Rock didn't get a Grammy... they only started out in 1958. In 1960 it was Ray Charles who went away with the Grammies... I can live with that. I guess Elvis had just some hard competition to beat. Besides that, let's be honest... we love his music, but Elvis never did anything outstanding, except in his early days, when there were no Grammies.
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
Come to think of it, it's real shocking that ELVIS Presley the King, The Greatest Record Seller of all time received only 3 miserable Grammy Awards in his entire career. And they are for his Gospel recordings. What's happening? You got all the Tom,Dick and Harry receiving so many Grammys. Not even Jailhouse Rock or It's Now Or Never or Burning Love or Suspicious Minds qualitfy for a Grammy!? Now, Something's got be wrong somewhere???
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
there is nothing wrong with this great and simple tunes by elvis going to 3 . it is not worthy of 1 because the 1's were jailhouse rock etc . they aint as good but to be 3 is pretty good so keep ya chins up .
elvinpelvin (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
I totally agree with emjel. I know there are some Elvis haters out there. Some people. I'm tired of Elvis getting shafted sometimes. In the music business, nowadays, if someone like Usher or Avril Lavigne has one hit song on the radio, they win a grammy. If that's the case, then Elvis should have won at least 6 grammies by the end of 1956 for the gold records he achieved.
And, when it comes to the Beatles,.... Come on. I'm sick of them getting the credit for starting a revolution of new music and new fashion. Someone would be very ignorant to try and downplay Elvis' contribution to American Music.

On the other hand, I guess as an Elvis fan I should not forget the big picture. Elvis may not be the "top seller" for 2005, BUT, He is the biggest selling artist of all time. With a legacy unmatched an unparraleled. Nelly who? The artists of today will never be able to accomplish what Elvis has. Only a fool would attempt to try and challenge the geatest entertainer the world will ever know.
get real (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
CD King , there was NO WAY this single was getting to #1, no matter which song was the A side. I dare say it would not have sold even 1 extra copy if the had changed the sides. Stereophonics were always going to be #1 this week.
whitehaven (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
I would like to respond to comments regarding sales figures. i have seen cds with numbers as high as 36,000, so that must mean at least 40,000 must have been pressed plus non numbered ones. PLUS at least 10,000 numberd 10inch plus non numbered ones, that to me means at least 60,000 records. the problem still remains that the records are still not getting to the shops that matter. Records bought in woolworths do not count towards the national chart as they are only used for their own chart,their chart is printed at the weekend for the coming week and do not reflect the previous weeks sales. therefore a cd bought at woolies is a waste of time if you think you are getting elvis back into the national charts. woolies don't take orders for single records, so it amazes me how they make their chart up.
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 7, 2005report abuse
It's great that "Rock-A-Hula Baby" hit No.3. If they had made CAN'T HELP FASLLING IN LOVE as the A-side, it would have been No.1 for sure. Still it's a great acheivement for Elvis, after all these years- still the KING of the Charts, competing new names, new groups and beating most of them..
Fakeelvis1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
I have to agree with RonBaker. "It`s easy for you" would make a fantastic single & lots of people have probably never heard the song. Music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber & words by Tim Rice. Very successful song writers. I have loved that song since the first time I heard it.
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
Mofaca22 - You say that the Nelly single stinks and then you suggest 'Miracle of the Rosary' as an Easter single! Don't you want the Pope to recover?
johnlennon (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
#3 is still good. The Phonics single was always going to get #1, they're a popular band and the single rocks.
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
I KNEW the Nelly/Tim McGraw song would hit #1. I work music retail here in the US and that song sold millions of copies of Nelly's "Suit" album on cd. I can't comment on the Stereophonics song as I've never heard it. The "Over and Over Again" song isn't bad...and it's a reach for both performers. It's time for a NEW Elvis single...not ones that have already been #1. My suggestions: for a ballad "It's Easy for You" perhaps a remix....and for a rock song "Promised Land"...a total remix perhaps by Brian Setzer.
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
how can nelly beat out elvis? that song stinks. its exactly what the song is its just the words being repeated over and over again. how is that good music it stinks. i think next time they do this i think rca should release songs as singles that were never singles to begin with but could have done great like power of my love, only the strong survive, amoung others. heck if u release if i can dream and go with a video on it u would have a number 1 hit right away. and for easter they should do miracle of the rosary
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
I do not think that the change in availability is affecting the chart positions. You only have to look at the quantities sold. His Latest Flame sold nearly 28,000 - 7,000 more than JHR and One Night etc, which did get to No.1. It is to do with better singles being released by other artists. In the last 2 weeks, we've seen the previous weeks number one dropping to number 2 and still beating Elvis. Elvis’ sales are pretty consistent ranging from 22k to 28k. We just have to accept the fact that as long as other artists release good singles (not my viewpoint I might add) that sell 40k plus, Elvis will not see a number 1 again. And with the Internet charts merging with the normal charts on April 17th, I do not think we’ll see Elvis in the Top 10 again, unless you download the songs as well as buy them from the shops.
However, I still feel that the chart placings are being rigged to stop Elvis even getting to number 2 as each weeks new release is sold out by Tuesday, whilst the back catalog releases are now in abundance. I do not think this lack of supply has anything to do with BMG but the shops ordering the product. If BMG can supply more quantities of back catalog releases, then the current release must also be available in larger quantities. I suspect therefore that the shops are deliberately not ordering the product.
Son Of Mark 64 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
please do not expect any more Elvis no 1'S as in my opinion making this set a none ltd edt set ruined the chances of Elvis getting to no1 again also making it common knowledge that this set will be released in a full box set after april didnt help sales should have left things alone till after april how can you have a ltd addition set and then change your mind half way thru
all right you can blame the ebayers but it wasfor this reason Elvis got no 1's as they where buying them all.
More cds /records for sale lowe chart positions it says it all. ps I think RHB is agreat song
mtm1a (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
I`ve been getting the hump more than most with our getting stitched up over the charts,but i`m now going to think in the following...
record number of N0.1s
record number of Top 10s
record number of Top 40s
record weeks spent in the Singles chart
record weeks spent on the Albums chart
record number of consecutive Hit singles
Prestigious claiming of 1000th NO.1
...And much more besides!
At the end of this year,The King will have surely assured his spot as highest sales maker in 2005(charity recordings aside,possibly)
All Hail The King.
Tina S (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 6, 2005report abuse
Well done evrybody in the top 3 and not the best song is it

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