Elvis Overview for 2005
is a press release from Sony/BMG with a round-up of their
Elvis activities for 2005 -- their Elvis record releases and
their partnership with EPE on several entertainment projects.
70th Anniversary of His Birthday, King of Rock & Roll is More
Popular Than Ever
Set of U.S. #1 Singles; and
'Elvis By The Presleys' Soundtrack Coming from SONY BMG
Presley is still a newsmaker in 2005. A spate of albums, reissued
singles, TV specials, and newspaper articles testify to Presley's
continuing popularity. The 70th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's
Birthday (8th January, 1935) has seen massive recognition
across the board.
irrevocably changed rock history with his voice, his guitar,
and his hips. He's the true King of Rock and Roll and a whole
new generation is discovering him in 2005," says Joe DiMuro,
Executive Vice President and General Manager of SONY BMG Strategic
Marketing Group, Presley's musical home. Both long-time Elvis
fans and newcomers have plenty of new projects to enjoy.
are some examples:
SONY BMG has embarked on the most ambitious singles release
campaign in the history of the U.K. record industry. All 18
of Elvis Presley’s U.K. #1 singles are being reissued over
17 consecutive weeks, from January 3, 2005 and ending on April
25, 2005. Thus far in 2005, "Jailhouse Rock," "It's Now Or
Never," and "One Night" have all catapulted to #1 on the singles
chart; "One Night" was the 1000th #1 in the history of the
SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group has announced a box set
of Elvis' U.S. #1 singles to be released this fall . Featuring
signature hits such as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," and
"Love Me Tender," this collection promises to please both
casual and devoted Elvis fans. The set will include original
artwork in a stunning package. See bottom for Presley's U.S.
CBS will air six hours of Elvis programming all over one week
in May, including the premier of "Elvis By The Presleys" on
May 13 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The two-hour special features
a collection of newly recorded interviews with his former
wife, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, and their daughter, Lisa
Marie Presley told only the way a family could. Exclusive
never-before-seen television performances, photographs from
the Presley Estate archives and Presley family home movies
will be broadcast for the first time in an intimate look at
A four-hour miniseries, "ELVIS" is set to air May 8 (9:00-11:00
PM, ET/PT) and May 11 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. 'ELVIS'
will tell Presley's electrifying yet tumultuous story -- from
his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame. The fact-based
drama is being produced with the full co-operation and participation
of the Elvis Presley Estate and is the first time that Presley's
master recordings will be heard in a biographical film. Jonathan
Rhys-Meyers ("Bend It Like Beckham," "Alexander") will portray
Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc., will publish
a book, also titled "Elvis by the Presleys." Along with interviews
with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, taken from the CBS special,
the book will include a lavish collection of personal photos,
memorabilia, hand-written notes selections from scrapbooks
and previously unseen shots of Graceland from the Elvis archives.
It will be in stores on May 3.
SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group will release the 'Elvis
By The Presleys' soundtrack collection in May. The two CDs
will include tracks from the special, Elvis’ favorites, and
family picks by Priscilla and Lisa Marie as well as rare,
previously unreleased cuts and outtakes.
In January SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group reissued Elvis’
first three releases including expanded artwork and bonus
tracks. The Los Angeles Times recently featured an extended
thinkpiece on the 1956 album 'Elvis Presley' (SONY BMG). Robert
Hilburn called the album "a revelation," going on to write,
"you still marvel at Presley's bold approach -- and the youthful
assurance of that stirring voice, which mixes pop crooning
with renegade country and R&B spirit."
In January SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group also released
“Love, Elvis” which brings together twenty-four of Elvis'
greatest romantic songs, including a previously unreleased
alternate take of "For The Good Times. This release debuted
its first week on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.
Elvis has climbed the charts, he’s conquered TV and now, this
May, he takes over Broadway. At the beginning of May SONY
BMG Strategic Marketing Group will release the cast recording
soundtrack to “All Shook Up” - a brand new Broadway musical
featuring 26 of Elvis’ hits.
Presley's US #1's are:
Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
Big Hunk O’ Love
Now Or Never
You Lonesome Tonight?
Little Less Conversation (Remix 2002).
Source: EPE, 22 Feb 2005)