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Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles (2004)

Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:30 am

Elvis PRESLEY:The most important, most influential and most impersonated artist of the 20th century. b. 8 Jan 1935, Mississippi, US, d. 16 Aug 1977. The singer, whose first five US singles failed to reach the pop charts, went from rock 'n' roll rebel to Las Vegas veteran and on the way sold more records than any other performer in history. He holds, or has held, almost every chart-related record including perhaps the most important: more No.1s than any act in chart history. No other solo artist of the rock era can match his number of best-selling singles and albums in the UK or US, nor his collection of platinum or gold records. The 'King of Rock 'n' Roll was the first artist to enter the UK chart at No.1. and the first to amass US advance orders in excess of one million copies for a single. He now has a 46-year span of UK No.1 albums and also holds the record for most simultaneous UK album chart entries (27 in the top 100) and held the record for the most entries on the UK singles chart (nine). The most documented entertainer ever has won hundreds of awards, starred in dozens of films, broken numerous box office records in North America (the only continent he ever performed in), made Memphis a major tourist attraction and was the first artist credited with sales of one billion records (20 million of which were reportedly sold the day after his death). In 2002 , after a 25-year gap, he returned to top the UK singles chart and his album 'ELVIS' entered at No.1 in 17 countries. He has sold more than 19 million UK singles, his best-seller being 'It's Now Or Never' at 1,210,000 (Singles: 1193 Weeks, Albums: 1260 weeks).

Re: Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles (2004)

Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:43 am

They actually give his UK singles sales as 19,293,118 !

It's the figure used in that UK documentary which put him 3rd behind the Beatles & another performer.

It's very precise, but it's not a figure that I'm happy with.

Nobody approached RCA to ask what his UK sales might be !

When some of our posters here tried to discover where they dreamed the figure up from, they hit a brick wall.

Something very fishy going on.................................

Re: Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles (2004)

Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:18 am

ColinB wrote:They actually give his UK singles sales as 19,293,118 !

It's the figure used in that UK documentary which put him 3rd behind the Beatles & another performer.

It's very precise, but it's not a figure that I'm happy with.

Nobody approached RCA to ask what his UK sales might be !

When some of our posters here tried to discover where they dreamed the figure up from, they hit a brick wall.

Something very fishy going on.................................


The artist topping that list is Cliff Richard (Beatles #2 & Elvis #3).

Although, Elvis is closing in on them...

Re: Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles (2004)

Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:59 pm

Mael wrote:...Elvis is closing in on them...


But if we don't know where they got the figures from, how much faith can we put in them ?

Sales figures are a pretty well-kept secret in the record industry.

I'm not even certain that Elvis' label has an accurate tally, although they'd be in the best position to know.

But, as I said, they weren't asked................................