November 23 - Planes on eBay

The "battle" between Elvis Presley Enterprises and the owners of Elvis Presley's airplanes hardens once more. The two planes, currently on display near the Graceland Mansion, were listed on eBay by the current owners. The starting bid is 3,5 million dollars. Click here to place your bid >> Airplanes on eBay.

(Source: FECC / eBay)

November 22 - Elvis Songs, a Favourite Farewell

A UK study by The Co-operative Funeralcare found people are choosing to make their final farewell an upbeat affair, as Monty Python’s 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' has been named the most popular song played at funerals. The delightfully upbeat tune has superseded Frank Sinatra’s 'My Way' for the first time in a decade.

A study of songs played at 30,000 funerals also showed that Elvis Presley is the most requested with his songs 'Always On My Mind', 'The Wonder of You', 'Crying in the Chapel', 'How Great Thou Art', 'Peace In The Valley', 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love' among the most requested farewells.

The most popular group is Queen with requested tracks including "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "Don’t Stop Me Now". Meanwhile, traditional hymns, football anthems and classic pop songs continue to top the list of the "funeral music chart", with 'The Lord is My Shepherd', the UK Football Match of the Day theme tune and Robbie Williams’ 'Angels' featuring in the top 10.

(Source: Elvis Inforation Network)

November 21 - 14.000 Superfans Can't Be Wrong

The TNT Records import-label release “Bicentennial Superstar”, containing a soundboard recording of the June 30, 1976 performance from Greensboro and August 31, 1976 from Macon, was released. 

14000 Fans Can´t Be Wrong

Also released is the VV import LP / CD set "14.000 Fans Can´t Be Wrong”, containing the a recording from the September 30, 1970 Evening Show performance as recorded at Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa Florida has been released on vinyl. The CD also contains 30 minutes from the September 12, 1970 show as recorded in Miami. 

Weekend Charts

The CD “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #29 to #22 on the Dutch Mid-price Album charts.

The compilation "The Real... Elvis" climbed to #55 on the Italian Album charts.

The CD “It's Christmas Time” rises from #100 to #74 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending November 29, 2014. It also rises from #12 to #9 on the Catalog Album Chart and drops from #9 to #12 on the Holiday Album Chart. As of this week it has sold 1,600, 402 units.

The more recent “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” rises from #161 to #127 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and rises from #32 to #27 on the Catalog Album Chart. It drops from #18 to #24 on the Holiday Album Chart and rises from #10 to #8 on the Country Catalog Album Chart. As of this week it has sold 60,557 units.

The “The Classic Christmas Album” compilation is a re-entry at #155 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. It is a new entry at #41 on the Catalog Album Chart and rises from #21 to #12 on the Country Catalog Album Chart. As of this week it has sold 99,754 units.

The track “Blue Christmas” (Single) rises from #30 to #25 on the Holiday Digital Songs Chart.

The video “He Touched Me' - The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley (Vols. 1 and 2)” re-enters the Music Video Sales Chart at #7.

The Real ... Track listing

Due from Sony Music CMG on January 5, 2015 is the CD "The Real ... Elvis 60's Collection". Now available is the track listing of this 3CD set. 

Disc: 1 
1. Return to Sender 
2. (You're The) Devil in Disguise 
3. Follow That Dream - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires 
4. Today, Tomorrow And Forever - Elvis Presley with Ann Margret & The Jordanaires 
5. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello 
6. I'm A Roustabout - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires 
7. Good Luck Charm 
8. She's Not You 
9. Suspicion 
10. From A Jack To A King 
11. Witchcraft 
12. You'll Be Gone 
13. I Met Her Today 
14. The Lady Loves Me - Elvis Presley with Ann-Margret 
15. I'm Yours 
16. Kiss Me Quick 
17. Memories 

Disc: 2 
1. A Little Less Conversation 
2. Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley / Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires 
3. Such a Night 
4. Frankie And Johnny 
5. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow 
6. You Don't Know Me 
7. Big Boss Man 
8. Too Much Monkey Business - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires 
9. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy 
10. What'd I Say 
11. Rubberneckin' 
12. (It's A) Long Lonely Highway - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires 
13. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) 
14. Baby What You Want Me To Do - Elvis Presley with The Sweet Inspirations & The Imperials Quartet 
15. There Ain't Nothing Like A Song 
16. Memphis, Tennessee 
17. Trouble 
18. Reconsider Baby 

Disc: 3 
1. If I Can Dream 
2. Guitar Man 
3. In the Ghetto 
4. Gentle On My Mind 
5. Only the Strong Survive 
6. Kentucky Rain 
7. Suspicious Minds 
8. Words 
9. Clean Up Your Own Backyard 
10. Don't Cry Daddy 
11. I'll Remember You - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires 
12. Blue River 
13. Wearin' That Loved On Look 
14. Love Letters 
15. U.S. Male 
16. You Gotta Stop - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires 
17. Long Black Limousine 
18. Stranger In My Own Home Town

Flip The Switch

Celebrated actor and Elvis fan John Stamos, who is the voice of the new Graceland iPad tour, "fliped the switch" on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony at Elvis Presley's Graceland tonight. 

Patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis will help Stamos light up the King's castle for the season. Channeling his inner Elvis, Santa and his red jumpsuit-inspired suit will arrive by limousine and police escort. 

The extensive Christmas display at Graceland includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature the Presley family's Christmas d├ęcor starting today for seasonal holiday tours through his birthday week celebration in January. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes, as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home.

(Source: Dutch Charts / Elvis Aktuell / Brian Quinn / FECC / Elvis Memories / Amazon / Graceland)

November 20 - It's All Right On Board

The German edition of Rolling Stone magazine announced the release of a 7 inch vinyl single of Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right” to celebrate The King’s 80th birthday. The single is due January 5, 2015.

Welcome Aboard

A new double CD release entitled “Welcome Aboard” was announced by the One label in their "Bootleg Series”. It contains 68 tracks relating to the 1962 film “Girls! Girls! Girls!” with mono and stereo masters, outtakes, movie versions and original acetates. 

CD 1 - The Original Mono Album:
Girls! Girls! Girls! - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied - Where Do You Come From - I Don’t Want To - We’ll Be Together - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy - Return To Sender - Because Of Love - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Song Of The Shrimp - The Walls Have Ears - We’re Coming In Loaded 

The Binaural Album Masters:
Girls! Girls! Girls! (With Longer Fade-Out) - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied - Where Do You Come From (With Studio Banter & Count-In) - I Don’t Want To - We’ll Be Together (With Studio Banter & Count-In) - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy (With Studio Banter) - Return To Sender (with Longer Fade-Out) - Because Of Love - Thanks To The Rolling Sea (With Longer Fade-Out) - Song Of The Shrimp (With Longer Fade-Out) - The Walls Have Ears - We’re Coming In Loaded (With Longer Fade-Out) - 

The Alternate & Uncut Movie Versions:
Gong - Daintly Little Moonbeams (Movie End Title, Part 1, With Studio Banter) - Girls! Girls! Girls! (Movie End Title, Part 2, With Longer Fade-Out) - Earth Boy (Undubbed Master With Studio Banter & Count-In) - Earth Boy (Overdubbed Master With Ginney And Elizabeth Tiu) - The Walls Have Ears (Overdub, Take 1, Before Orchestral Overdub) - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied (Composite Master With Studio Banter)

CD 2 - The Original Stereo Album:
Girls! Girls! Girls! - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied - Where Do You Come From - I Don’t Want To - We’ll Be Together - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy - Return To Sender - Because Of Love - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Song Of The Shrimp - The Walls Have Ears - We’re Coming In Loaded

The Acetate Recordins:
Plantation Rock (Original 1962 Edit With Count-In) - Earth Boy (With Studio Banter & Count-In) - Because Of Love (With Studio Banter & Count-In) - Where Do You Come From (Composite Master With Count-In) - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You (With Studio Banter & Count-In) - Song Of The Shrimp (With Studio Banter & Count-In) - The Walls Have Ears (Undubed / With Studio Banter & Count-In)

The Original Movie Versions:
Girls! Girls! Girls! (Opening) - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied (Pirate’s Den Nightclub Version) - Return To Sender (Pirate’s Den Nightclub Version) - We’re Coming In Loaded - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy (Complete / With Ginney And Elizabeth Tiu) - We’ll Be Together - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Song Of The Shrimp - The Walls Have Ears - Daintly Little Moonbeams / Girls! Girls! Girls! (End Title)

Bonus Songs:
Mama (The Amigos, Take 9) - Plantation Rock (Instrumental) - Girls! Girls! Girls! (Lobby Spot - Promo Single From 1962) - Elvis Arrives In Hawaii (Complete, 07.04.1962)

(Source: Essential Elvis)

November 19 - Viva Las Virtual Elvis

Jamie Salter, the branding guru who owns a majority of Elvis' estate, is planning a “live” show in Las Vegas with Presley appearing as a hologram.  The Elvis Presley show still continues with Elvis boasting 12.4 million “likes” on Facebook and 187,000 followers on Twitter and the recently released a duet with Barbra Streisand. Never mind that he died in 1977.

And that’s just the beginning for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and other long-dead celebrities. Reviving a corpse from a cryogenic deep freeze is still the stuff of science but every other promotional possibility is on the table. The Elvis “live” show in Las Vegas with Presley appearing as a hologram will be much like the one of Michael Jackson that appeared at a show in Sin City earlier this year. Pinup queen Bettie Page, managed by dead-celeb superagent Mark Roesler, is slated for a holographic burlesque herself.
Today, deceased icons from pop culture’s heyday are enjoying unprecedented success, out-earning even their former flesh-and-blood selves, says Salter, one of the new breed of brand managers using technology to wring big bucks from superstars otherwise resting in peace (or so we hope).

These late luminaries are profitable in part because they first captivated fans in a pre-Internet age of truly mass media, dominating the popular imagination in ways few contemporaries can match, Salter says

Even better, they aren’t able to create the sort of mischief that bedeviled their handlers back in the day, potentially damaging their brand in the bargain. They can no longer lapse into drug-induced comas in hotel rooms (Elvis), assault girlfriends with vodka bottles (Jimi Hendrix) or set themselves on fire while freebasing (Richard Pryor). “They can’t get pulled over for drunk driving, their reputations are intact.”
Model Kate Moss, by contrast, can still embarrass sponsor Burberry Group Plc (BRBY) by appearing to snort cocaine on the cover of a British tabloid. Bets on the dead have lately paid off big.

Salter bought the Elvis estate, including Graceland and the rights to the singer’s image and music, from Core Media Group Inc. in November 2013. Salter’s New York–based Authentic Brands Group LLC expects profits to rise by 25 percent this year thanks to Elvis-themed bathrobes, calendars, cookie jars, cuff links, luggage, Christmas-tree toppers and, oh yeah, music. “We bought Elvis at the right time,” Salter says. “None of the kids listen to his music, but look at how they’re dressing, and their flipped-up haircuts.” For a page ripped straight from Presley’s pompadour playbook, just Google Justin Bieber’s latest coif.

(Source: Bloomberg / Elvis Information Network)