May 20 - Weekend Charts

The Elvis Presley weekend charts:

United Kingdom (Official Chart Company week May 18 to 24, 2018):
  • Soundtrack Album chart: The Searcher  #16 (from #15)
Belgium - Flanders (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Albums Top 200 chart: The Searcher  #111 (from #108)
Belgium - Wallonia (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Mid Price Album Top 50 chart: The Essential Elvis Presley #48 (from #22)
(Source: Laser Freak)

May 19 - Elvis Years

A heavily embellished white leather belt worn by Elvis Presley during a performance in November 1972 in Hawaii and gifted to actor and friend Jack Lord has been sold for $354,000. The estimate for this item was $20,000-40,000. 

The belt is adorned with faux turquoise, lapis lazuli, and coral, all set in gold-toned metal pieces. The buckle has a dragon-like resemblance, and three dangling brass chains are affixed to the bottom. Presley wore the belt with at least two different ensembles, including his well-known heavily jeweled “Thunderbird.”

It was one of fifty-nine Elvis Presley items sold during Julien's Music Icon's Auction. Other items that gained high bids were a ring given by Elvis to a fab ($100,000) and an 1968 Fender Telecaster Prototype (115.200 dollar).

The Elvis Years

Due for release from Anthem Publishing on May 24, 208 is volume one in a three volume series entitled "The Elvis Years". The first volume is entitled "From Tupelo To Stardom", the second "From fort Hood to Hollywood", due August 23, 2018 and volume 3 is entitled "From Comeback to Final Years". The latter is due November 11, 2018. 

The Elvis Years is a brand new three-part series that celebrates the life, music and legacy of the one and only Elvis Presley.

For Volume 1 of The Elvis Years, we track the beginnings of Elvis's incredible career: from his birth and humble upbringing in Tupelo, to his pivotal move to Memphis and Sun Records fame. Beyond Sun, we then return to the studio sessions where Elvis made his mighty RCA major label debut.

Further in, we profile Elvis's original band, the Blue Moon Boys: guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer DJ Fontana. Plus we take a look at his harmonious vocal backing quartet The Jordanaires. There's also an in-depth investigation into two of Presley's main collaborators from the period: Sun Records producer and label boss Sam Phillips and prodigious songwriter Otis Blackwell.

Other Volume 1 features include a look at 50s rockabilly Mecca the Louisiana Hayride, Elvis's first pop No. 1 single Heartbreak Hotel, the heralded Million Dollar Quartet session – with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash – and a sightseeing trip to Presley hot spots in Tupelo.

His first four seminal Hollywood film roles – Loving You, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole – are also given due attention, as are his fascinating connections to the UK. Lastly we feast our eyes on Presley's lavish 50s wardrobe and take a listen to a few of his lesser-spun wonders from the era. So join us as we retrace the King’s footsteps, from Tupelo to Stardom…

(Source: FECC / Anthem Publishing)

May 18 - New Elvis Vinyl

Due for release from Sony Music Canada on June 26, 2018 is a vinyl re-issue of the “Elvis Is Back” album. This edition comes on 180 Gr. Vinyl, packed in a gatefold cover. 

Due for release from the Bad Joker label on May 21, 2018 are the LPs "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions” and “Elvis Presley: Sun Singles 1950 - 1956: The Early Steps Of The King Of Rock And Roll”.

Tracks "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions”:
Side A: Lonely Man - Wild In The Country - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - King Of The Whole Wide World - This Is Living - Riding The Rainbow - Home Is Where Heart Is - I Got Lucky - A Whistling Tune
Side B: Wild In The Country (Maracas Version) - In My Way (Solo, Take 3 & 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 4, 5 & 6) - Wild In The Country (Take 3) - Wild In The Country (Take 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 10) - Wild In The Country (Take 8) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 12 & 17) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Master - Take 1) - Wild In The Country (Take 9) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 15, 17 & 18) - Wild In The Country (Take 19)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

May 17 - Chart Update

The US Billboard chart (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)  
  • Billboard Top 200 Album Sales: The Searcher #193 (#179) 1,189 sold albums from May 04 to 10, 2018
  • Country Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #23 (#29)
  • Country Catalog Albums (Top 25): Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #20 (#13)
  • Rock Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #43 (#40)
  • Soundtracks (Top 25): The Searcher #14 (#16)
  • Top Christian Albums: Elvis: The Ultimate Gospel #27 (#24), marking the  150th. week on the chart.
Billboard Canada (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)
  • Canadian Albums (Top 100): 40 Years On #79 (#60)
(Source: Laser Freak)

May 15 - NBC Chart Update

In the current Australian chart week (May 14 to 20, 2018) Elvis isn't listed in the Top 100 Albums chart. The CD "The King" (last week at #86) dropped out of the chart and is this week at #109. 

Currently also not in the charts but Elvis' second best selling greatest hits compilation in Australia is the album "The 50 Greatest Hits": end of April at #229 climbed this CD for the first week of May at #155.

The DVD "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" climbed from #24 to #20 on the Australian Music DVD chart.

Greece (IFPI chart week 18): 
  • The Searcher (last week at #71) dropped out of the Top 75 Albums Sales Chart.

50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special

NBC announced a two hour TV  special entitled "The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special". 

About the show
We all know Elvis Presley as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," but it was his '68 comeback special on NBC that truly secured his reign. In that one thrilling special, donning iconic black leather and performing some of his most unforgettable hits, Elvis reclaimed his glory and put himself back at the top of the charts. This season, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that epic evening, an all-star group of music's superstars will pay tribute in Nashville, Tennessee, recreating the spectacle - even the staging - of that legendary night of song. In addition to the musical performances, we'll see rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews from those involved in the '68 comeback special, including Director Steve Binder. Whether you're a lifelong fan or just getting to know Elvis, this is an event not to be missed.

Production Company: Ken Ehrlich Productions
Executive Producer: Ken Ehrlich ("The Grammy Awards," "Elton John: I'm Still Standing," "A Grammy Salute," "Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Salute")

(Source: Laser Freak / NBC / FECC)