UK Singles Sales Figures

Here are the sales figures for last week's UK chart singles: #1 Elvis Presley 20,463 #2 Manic Street Preachers 12,753 #3 The Killers 12,000 (approx.) #4 Brookstein (unknown) #5 Rooster 9,116.
Source: Email / Updated: Jan 17, 2005 
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Ricsta (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2005report abuse
Last week?
I mean of course the beginning of this week!
Ricsta (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2005report abuse
Good point Jim,
I even sent EPE an email last week to advise them that the news section was out of date !
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2005report abuse
By the way, as of 5.30pm tonight UK time, the official Elvis Presley website, had still not updated their news section, since the 12th of January. Their last record is regarding Jailhouse Rock and so far, no mention of One Night or the 1000th UK Number One. Now that really is appalling and something worth moaning about !
ranger (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2005report abuse
If I'd seen three copies of One Night in my local Woolies I'd had needed to buy some smelling salts from the chemist next door!
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2005report abuse
Davrid. Please keep the discussion to things Elvis please. BTW Davrid I just E-mailed your comments to Dr Duncan MacRae Gibson, Professor of English history at Edinburgh University. His reply? "where do they get them from!" Your comments are no doubt based on some bigotted ideas based on ignorance. Of course if you wish to argue about history with a Professor of history and make yourself look stupid then please do so.
byebye (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2005report abuse
Hm... I was refering tho "the whole picture", not trying to be cynical or making a scholary event about how to manipulate charts in ANY region of the world.
I think an artist of Elvis´ magnitude deserves more respect from it´s company than focusing on that to promote him. We all know what it takes to do that.-Something new and fresh,
(A little less con..!) What I see here is a company with a more quantity than quality thinking for strategy. I mean... look how Columbia treats Bob Dylan with so much more love and respect in their releases. Beautifull glossy digipack with SACD and DSD on EVERY ORIGINAL ALBUM! Instead BMG make the Elvis fans cash up on the FTD label, or for a special edition, rather offering us a perfect product from scratch. I think "we" and Elvis deserves the best, nothing less..
Mal (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
I mean "In the U.S" 5:)
Mal (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Jesper wrote:
It takes s lot more than 20.000 copies to manipulate the U:S chart.(wich explains why Elvis is not seen close on the chart there)

I the U.S it's only airtime that counts towards the charts, radio stations only play records that the record companies pays for. The more they pay the more they play them, so the U.S charts are worse than ours
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Well said cockney I agree with what you said.We should be thanking Todd and the fan club for what they have done. Come on Elvis fans the kings number one and getting some great publicity.What more could you ask for ? I cannot get the singles either but i am still feeling fantastic. Yes lets beat the ebay at there own game and not buy any of these singles from them.
cockney_bill (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
I'm as dissapionted as many of you, but I really don't think we can blame the fan club in any way.
If the fan club and record company are getting the records out but greedy staff managers are keeping copies back, how on earth do you justify blaming the fan club.
I urge each and every one of you to do as I have done to date. IF you see a couple of copies floating about (I was in Woolworths Sunday and 3 copies of 'One Night' appeared from nowhere, and I had been checking all week) buy them up and visit the swap shop site and get trading. It works brilliantly. Just today I have met up with 2 people for 'swapsies'!!!
There may be gaps at the end of the campaign, but you can bet with our determination we'll fill these gaps soon enough.
If these boxes had been printed in stocks of 60,000+ and available at any time, lets face it the campaign would have not gone half as well. Copies would be laying around until Christmas or someones Birthday, and Elvis would have been lucky to get Top 10 and all this FANTASTIC publicity that has gone with it.
We didn't exactly push the boat out for Suspicious Minds and Thats all right these last couple of years did we?
Yea we got respectable placings, but not NUMBER ONE and media coverage the likes of which I thought I would never see again.
So come on. We all get angry about not getting a copy, but lets beat these ebay b***ards. Our demand has meant extra copies getting out, and hopefully this will dilute things a little.
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Carole, Todd probably needs another Mercedes!
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Its so good of Todd to take the time to give us updates. He has always been an inspiration to the UK fans esp, during the dark days of the 1980's. He has always kept the Elvis torch burning for all of us.

Surely individuals who feel they have an axe to grind like you obviously do, should write personally to the Fan Club voicing any concerns rather than bring these issues to a public forum.

Lets be glad that due to efforts of people like Todd, Elvis' genius and relevance is now recognised more than ever.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
To Jesper: before you put something down here, go and look at the facts.
Elvis made the number one spot in sales in the US. But the DJ's do'nt play his records on the radio. And on music TV channels it is the same story.Also BMG is to blame because we all know you have to spend some money to get your clip on TV.So ALLC and Rubbernecking should have done a lot better in the US top 100. But spending money on Elvis to promote him never was a big issue at the BMG headquarters.
Carole OCallaghan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
In response to your message, Todd; if you are just "a fan club not HMV", how come the fan club magazine is now little more than a catalogue advertising things for sale?
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
I think you Todd and the fan club have done a great job. You have no complaints from me. Thank you for getting Elvis at the top of the charts its fantastic. I cant believe Jailhouse Rock and one night have both gone to no 1. Is this really happening or am i in a dream. I am walking on cloud nine.Lets hope I will be staying up here for the next few weeks
SendToTodd (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
I have to say that I take strong exception to the comments concerning the official Elvis Fan Club letting fans down. We promoted the availability of this box set well before its release date giving fans ample time to pre-order from retail high street and on-line stores to enable Elvis to get into the charts. If you left it late to pre-order, or if your retailer has left you down then it is not the fault of the fan club.

We did supply the boxes with the first single to start off your collection, but it was made very clear that future purchases would be your responsibility, as we all wanted to make sure that each single would chart. Well, at least that worked - worked better that even our wildest dreams.

We did offer the opportunity for a limited number of purchases of sets for those fans unable to get to stores, especially our blind and disabled members, but even this has been a problem to us, though we are working on it.

And don't forget it has been this fan club that has encouraged BMG to put out more copies to defeat the eBayers, and these are hitting the shops NOW!

Yes we would have been delighted to offer 2,000 sets of each format to our members, but this would have meant a financial committment to us approaching HALF A MILLION POUNDS ($1,000,000) and we are a fan club not HMV.

That said, we have promised to do everything in our power at the end of the campaign to give members the opportunity to "fill in the gaps" of their collections with the support of BMG.

Everyone is trying to make this work, and chart-wise it has been an astounding success, and I am so sorry that their is a problem at retail. (Ive spoken to many, and I mean many fans who've bought ten or twenty copies of each, so there too is where the problem is magnified.)

Best of luck, but believe me, blaming every man and his dog isn't going to solve the problem.

Todd Slaugher.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Sorry but i have got some bad news about one night.Top of the pops have sent me an email saying As you may be aware we have been denied the right to show footage of Elvis Presley on screen.Its a real shame that we wont beable to celebrate the 1000th no 1 exactly as it deserves to be but we do have something special planned.Your guess is as good as mine what they are going to show. Never mind at least one night got to no 1 !
davrid (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Interesting question what constitutes a limited edition? 20K, 30K, what? These releases are no longer limited editions - only the numbered cds are limited.

So before insulting people at least learn to understand what is being said. Sony BMG have announced they are making more copies available (unnumbered) - none of which has yet materialised anywhere. The two largest cd sellers - Woolworth and Amazon - can't get copies and neither can supermarkets etc. Meanwhile cds are being sold on Ebay for £50 each.

Now supposedly, the extra copies will ship by the weekend, way too late to be included in next weeks chart. So yet again, BMG has 'shot itself in the foot', costing itself sales of both current and future singles.
icleolion (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Why are some people still whining about not being able to complete their collection!!! Have none of you read the comments posted by Todd Slaughter. I would be grateful if the people who don't understand the meaning of the words "limited edition" stop whining or take your negative comments elsewhere. And those who do understand but are still not happy, stop posting until you have read all the posts Todd Slaughter has made over the last few days in various news items.
davrid (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Listen dude -England and Scotland ceased to exist in 1707. Legally, they are nothing more than regions of the UK for administrative purposes. This country only has one name 'The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'.

For your info, I'm from Edinburgh....
Spinout (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
George M , very good question nd its the only thing people r interested in here, so lets keep out debates in that area.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
I think the USA Elvis fans are understandably jealous of how brilliant the UK fans are and always have been when supporting Elvis. There is no doubt that in the whole world, the UK is easily Elvis's biggest fans, then Europe comes next after that. Its a sad fact but the majority of Americans are not Elvis fans, and thats why they cant enjoy the success we are having over here. And probably why EPE hardly make a song and dance about the success we are currently having in the UK.
Spinout (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Davrid I think youll find alot of people disagreeing with you there like the scottish, Welsh and Irsh , England is a country and anyway whats all this bitching about , Elvis fans are so hair picky and catty , you make me laugh !!!
Spinout (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Its just sickining Carole, and where did the debate go on Elvisnews about this problem with something like 69 responses???
davrid (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Jesper, Elvis wont ever make no1 on the Billboard charts as its based upon airplay. In the sales chart both Rubberneckin and ALLC were number one.

Airplay is more open to abuse than sales figures. So before you make ridiculous comments, learn the facts buddy...

BTW, there is no such country as England...
Carole OCallaghan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
This most definitely has backfired big-time. It was a wonderful idea and who can deny that it's great to see Elvis back where he belongs. However, it's virtually impossible to buy the singles and, as someone has already said, surely no-one is going to buy the later singles if their sets are already incomplete.

My biggest complaint is with the official Fan Club in the U.K. They worked in conjunction with BMG and were able to supply the initial box containing "All Shook Up" but were unable (or unwilling) to provide the remaining singles unless (a) you couldn't get to the shops and (b) could afford to pay £100 up front. I've been a member of the Fan Club for over 30 years and think this is a kick in the teeth. Surely, those fans who have bought everything for 50 years deserve something in return, i.e. guaranteed copies of all the singles available through the Fan Club? I have bought my last merchandise from the official U.K. Fan Club.

The singles don't seem to be available from Amazon - I have them on order and have only received "Jailhouse Rock".

This should have been a wonderful celebration of Elvis' 70th birthday. The singles are beautifully produced and would make a wonderful collector's item, but it seems only e-Bayers can get them!
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Its not the english charts its the british charts ! The US is alot bigger than Britain so you would have to sell alot more singles over there. I thought Thats alright got to number one over there last year.Nobody can take this moment of glory away from Elvis in the uk no matter how low the sales are.Its great being an Elvis fan here in the uk right now. I just wish i could get hold of the single A fool such as I.
byebye (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
The English chart is BOGUS! When the media and public realize that, the backlash is gonna hit back on BMG, and sadly -Elvis(!) They are jeapardyzing the whole credibility by manipulating the chart. It takes s lot more than 20.000 copies to manipulate the U:S chart.(wich explains why Elvis is not seen close on the chart there)
GeorgeM (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Does anyone know when we are going to get stocks of "A fool such as I" in the shops again, If ever?
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Anyone unable to buy any of the #1's should write and complain to;
Tim Bowen
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Bedford House
69-79 Fulham High Street
UK .
Perhaps if enough write, the powers that be may take notice. It's worth a try, keep it clean but forceful.
davrid (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Well done Sony BMG! Yes Elvis is back at no1 but fans feel exploited, cheated and ripped-off. As Harmston says, you've killed all hope of the later singles even remotely selling similar quantities to Jailhouse Rock and One Night, and solely through ineptness. Imagine how many JR and ON could have sold if people could actually buy them!
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
Another BMG disaster! Despite the promise of more copies, no one actually has any, numbered or otherwise. All BMG has succeeded in doing is killing the sales of the future singles Why will anyone bother buying them with no hope of actually gollecting the whole set.

Meanwhile, typically, each is selling for £35-40 on Ebay, maybe thats how BMG is making the money!
Elvis girl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
I am really disappointed! Went into my local HMV store in Cambridge yesterday at 1.30 when i had finished work, they had one vinyl left of A Fool Such as CD's left as i am collecting both was really angry they told me they had sold out within an hour of opening.....Yeah Great! that Elvis is selling so well but we need more copies otherwise a lot of us are missing out....i now am missing the Vinyl of One Night and the Cd of Fool such as I.....please will they get some more copies out to the shops for us!!!!
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2005report abuse
It just shows how horrid the music scene is in 2005. There are two sides to this story. One is the enduring musical legacy of Elvis. The other is just the disgusting state of music today.

All we get is these phony manufactured types of limited musical talent. They are just corporate creations of the music industry.

I mean what happened to NSync and New Kids on the Block and The Backstreet Boys and Milli Vanilli and all those megastar types? Where did Garth Brooks go? We miss you MC Hammer! And take Britney Spears...Please!!! And all those lip-synchers....

The music biz makes me want to hurl. It is so horrid. No wonder no one is buying this crap.

Thankfully, these people like Eminem (who really steals black music) get to hear what real rock and roll sounds like with the re-release of the Elvis classics.
DDH (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
I tried a dozen shops & stores, plus Amazon, at lunch time today. 'A fool such as I' was sold out completely and all said that there would be no more. Another collection stops here. My 1st Elvis record was purchased in'57 {All shook up} and that's how I feel now. Think I just stick to my E1 & E2 cd's etc. Stuff you BMG/SONNY.
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2005report abuse
Just think if they had not have released One Night in the charts the manic street preachers would have got to number one and would have only sold 12,753. So if it was not for the king they might have been in the record books instead !

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