August 18 - Elvis Hits #1 In Scotland, #2 On UK Chart

Ed Sheeran pips Elvis Presley to Albums Number 1 in one of the year's closest chart races. The Top 2 on this week’s Official UK Albums Chart were separated by just 35 combined sales, and it is Ed Sheeran who scoops his 16th (non-consecutive) week at Number 1, denying Elvis Presley an extension of his Official Chart record. Elvis Presley missed out on the digital charts.

Elvis Presley is a new entry on the official UK Album chart for Friday August 18, 2017 with the compilation "The 50 Greatest Hits". This album was originally released in 2000. This week's new entry marks the 50th. week on the chart for this compilation.

Elvis’ collection, re-released in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of his death, reaches a new peak of #2 following its previous best of #8 achieved in 2000.Elvis holds the record for the most Number 1 albums ever achieved by a solo artist; he topped the Official Albums Chart last year with his 13th Number 1 album The Wonder Of You, his collaborative collection with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart Top 5:
1 Ed Sheeran - Divide (with 15,343 copies sold)
2 50 Elvis Presley -  The 50 Greatest Hits (with 15,308 copies sold)
3 Glen Campbell - Adios
4 Kesha - Rainbow
5 Rag’n’Bone Man - Human

Other UK charts this week:
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" album is a new entry at #18 on the Official UK Album Downloads chart.
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" album is a new entry at #52 on the Official UK Album Streaming chart.
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" album is a new entry at #1 on the Official Physical Sales Album Downloads chart.
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" album is a new entry at #1 on the Official UK Album Sales chart.
  • The "The Platinum Collection" rises from #65 to #49 on the Album Sales Chart and also rises from 50 to 39 on the Physical Album Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' is a re-entry at 67 on the Album Sales Chart and is also a re-entry at 61 on the Physical Album Chart
  • The "If I Can Dream" album is a re-entry at #94 on the Album Sales Chart and is also a re-entry at #87 on the Physical Album Chart
  • The "A Boy From Tupelo" set drops from #79 to #91 on the Physical Album Chart
European Charts
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" album is a new entry at #34 on the Official Irish Album chart.
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" album is a new entry at #1 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "The Real Elvis" album rises from #30 to #10 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Platinum Collection" set rises from #85 to #48 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Rockin' Elvis - The Absolutely" album is a re-entry at 72 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Wonder Of You" is a re-entry at #89 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "If I Can Dream" album is a re-entry at #90 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Top 40 - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" climbed from #11 to #7 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
Billboard Charts
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album climbed from #3 to #2 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The "Ultimate Gospel" album climbed from #37 to #28 on the US Christian Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #35 to #40 on the US Billboard Country Album chart. 
Australian Charts
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" climbed from #33 to #27 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
(Source: BBC / FECC / Official Chart Company / Billboard / Brian Quinn / The King's World)

August 17 - Vigil Numbers Down On 2012

Forty years ago today, Elvis Presley died in his Memphis home. As one of the world's biggest stars and a pioneering voice in rock and roll music, news of his death at age 42 would give rise to the cult of personality that endures still today.

It's a fandom that drew an estimated crowd of 50,000 to 60,000 people last night to Elvis Presley Boulevard for Graceland's annual Candlelight Vigil, about 15,000 fewer than five years ago. Officials predicted a larger than average attendance this year, enticed by the recent $130 million expansion of the entertainment complex.

But many long-time Elvis fans had as much to say about the corporate changes at Graceland and EPE as they did about their love for the King of Rock and Roll.
"It's just not the same; it just isn't," said Kelly Diakonis, a frequent vigil attendee from Chicago. She was first in line outside the famous gates of Graceland on Tuesday afternoon.

"I don't think it's only me, most of everybody is saying the same thing. It's kind of Disney World now. It's lost that feeling of being someone's house."
The expansion added gift shops, a hotel and museum exhibits. It also added steeper admission prices.

Cheryl Skogan from LA said the structure and pricing of Elvis Week is broadcasting the wrong message to fans.
"It's not personal anymore; it's too commercial," she said. The most egregious change for die-hard Elvis fans was Graceland's decision to make the vigil a paid event. Traditionally, it has been free, giving everyone who wanted to wait in the enormous line the opportunity to walk quietly past Elvis' grave and pay their respects. Now locals who have no desire to buy tickets to see the Museum during Elvis Week must pay Graceland $28.75 for the privilege. Skogan called the scheme "ridiculous."

Graceland defended the cost, citing crowd size and beefed up security measures that kept many early arrivals standing in long lines just to access the street in front of the house. Far fewer in numbers were the homespun Elvis "shrines" set up most years by local Elvis fans. 

Elvis would have been 82 this year, and while the ages of his fans seem to get ever younger, his music itself remains ageless.

Miley Cyrus Channels Elvis

Miley Cyrus released the title track of her upcoming album together with a brand new music video on Friday. The video is for the song Younger Now, which is her second single off the new album, and features Miley channelling her inner Elvis Presley. The song follows the same style as her first single, Malibu, in that it focuses on her voice and raw instruments. 

(Source: WKNO / Elvis Information Network / Twitter / Channel 24)

August 16 - 40 Years Gone

It will be 40 years on the 16th of August that The King died, leaving millions of fans behind. Still today, his ingenious music, style statements and over the top lifestyle fascinate. The Stylight website partnered with the music streaming platform Deezer, and looked back at 10 things you did not know about Elvis Presley. From his windmill dance move to his rockabilly hair there is no denying, especially with the millions of fans still streaming his songs, The King’s era is still alive.

Click on the illustration or >>> here to download the inforgraphic in high resolution.

Impact Of Elvis Lasts Today

The Dutch NOS news-site did a nice story on the impact of Elvis Presley which still lasts today "There is no new Elvis, because everyone is listening in his own bubble".

He was able to make the black music mainstream, at the heart of pop culture and was a worldwide sex symbol: Elvis Presley. Today, it's forty years since he died in Memphis. His influence on pop music is invaluable. Are there pop artists who are as innovative as Elvis at the time or who have the same impact? Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé or Jay Z, for example? Music connoisseurs do not think: "The impact of Elvis is not over."

Music is now everywhere, releases pop journalist Gijsbert Chamber. "A summer hit like Despacito this year can be missed by listening to your own music only. In Elvis's time, you could not hear that, when listening to the radio, you heard Elvis."

"A new Elvis can not be at all, that's been," says Leo Blokhuis. "He is the big bang of pop culture - even though there was a prelude." Rock-'n-roll originated as black music, but Elvis made the music stream mainstream and eventually all other pop music came out, Blokhuis said. "The musical revolution makes him unique, that impact he has and can not be overlooked by anyone."

In the segregated America of the 1950s, a white artist like Elvis was required to grow rock-n roll, Blokhuis explains. "In addition, Elvis added his appearance and appearance, making the connection between black and white, which made a huge impact."

During the first TV shows in The Ed Sullivan Show, he should not be filmed under his waist. "Moving his hips was obscene, which indicates what shock he caused in America in the 1950s."

The time joint was unique, say Room and Blokhuis. "Elvis and The Beatles were the first to make pop music so popular," said Chamber. "Ultimately, all modern music currents are rock-n-roll branches, shortly afterwards, pop, soul, funk, r & b and hard rock originated, which is a consequence of Elvis's big bang," Blokhuis said.

Now, in a time of music on YouTube and Spotify, it's different. It is much fragmented. "I've been hoping for a real pop star once again that connects everyone," said Chamber. "But it's difficult, now everyone is listening to music in his own bubble. You have your own Spotify playlist and do not have to listen to what's popular."

Individually, an artist can still have huge impact, Blokhuis thinks. "If I look at Justin Bieber's concerts, I believe he has huge impact on all the girls who are watching, but that's individual." Chamber also thinks that a teenager like Bieber can not make the same impact: "We will not know him about fifty years now, as we know Elvis now."

The original article in >>> Dutch

(Source: Stylight / NOS)

August 15 - Hollywood's Heartthrob

Volume 11 of the "Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition" is entitled "Hollywood's Heartthrob".

The Official Elvis Presley Collector's Edition is proud to present the 11th Volume in its ongoing series celebrating America's favorite entertainer: Hollywood's Heartthrob. Today he's most often remembered as the King of Rock & Roll, but Elvis was also one of the 20th century's most beloved movie stars. This 100-page, glossy special edition is packed with the wildest stories, rarest photos, most interesting trivia and, as always, an introduction from Priscilla Presley, the woman who knew him best. 


Elvis Presley is featured on the weekly Closer magazine with inside the article "Elvis - The Women who Tried To Save Him Tell All". 

(Source: On Newsstands Now / Elvis Club Berlin)

August 14 - Demons And Jumpsuits

More than 40 of Elvis Presley’s trademark jumpsuits are to go on display for the first time in the UK for an exhibition focusing on his later, touring years. The three-month show at London’s O2 will tell the story of Elvis between 1969 and 1977 – his comeback years when he toured the US almost non-stop. They were also years in which he struggled with depression, obesity and an addiction to prescription drugs.

His ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, acknowledged they were, at times, difficult years, but told the Guardian: “We all have demons. The press likes to just focus on things like that but we all have our demons, we all have our ups and downs and unfortunately for the people who are in the limelight, it is magnified so many times more.”

The Presleys separated in 1972 and divorced the following year. They remained close and were photographed leaving the Los Angeles courthouse where their divorce was finalised, smiling and arm in arm.

Presley said that image was significant. “I wish people could work it out more,” she said. “Just because you separate or divorce doesn’t mean you’re not still in love: it’s just people move on, life changes, people grow up.”

Elvis performed more than 1,100 concerts in his later years, which would put a strain on any relationship. “Touring is not easy for any couple,” Presley said. After the separation they became even closer than before, she said. “We were there for each other, we cared for each other, we remained close, close friends. Elvis would talk to me about things which were going on his life.”

The O2 show will include more than 40 of the jumpsuits Elvis wore on stage, most of which have never been on display at Graceland, let alone the UK.

It will include three phoenix jumpsuits he wore on tours in 1974-75, which the designer had originally intended as zebras. “Elvis looked at the design upside-down and thought it was a bird,” said Graceland’s director of archives, Angie Marchese. So a stripy bird it became.

Given Elvis wore the jumpsuits for about six months at a time, the show will also feature some of the many dry cleaning and repair bills. There will be guitars, microphones, posters and tour trunks including one still filled with the silk scarves that he used to throw out to audiences.

Marchese said the aim of the show was for visitors to feel as if they were on tour with Elvis. One exhibit will be a recreation of the inside of the plane he used to fly from city to city.

The new show, announced during “Elvis Week” – he died aged 42 on 16 August 1977 – is the follow-up to an Elvis show staged at the O2 in 2014-15 that attracted more than 200,000 visitors.

Priscilla Presley said she was surprised by how popular the first exhibition had been. “We were all absolutely taken aback by the success of it, which is why we are doing it again … it’s by popular demand. People came back not just once or twice but sometimes three, four times.”

Marchese said the first show had exceeded expectations. “The UK loves Elvis and we know it. Elvis was never able to tour the UK so to bring this story to the UK and make it feel like Elvis is there, performing … that’s the excitement of it all.”

Elvis on Tour opens at the O2 in London on 3 November.

(Source: FECC / Daily Mail)