"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






UK Top 40 sales figures

The first ever chart figures integrating sales and digital downloads are out. This week's UK singles sales including downloads according to Music Week are:

1. Tony Christie 69,000

2. Razarlight 28,537

3. Ciara 26,057

4. Elvis Presley 26,024 (Only 79 downloads!)

5. Freeloaders 8,296

The singles chart almost doubled in size to about 800,000 units after legal downloads from more than 20 sites including i-Tunes and Napster were counted for the first time. Christie's charity track (Is This the Way To) Amarillo was confirmed as No 1 for the fifth week running but the chart positions of some other songs was affected by the inclusion of downloads.

Elvis' The Wonder of You would have been at No 3 under the old system, but was pushed to No 4 by 1, 2 Step by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, according to the Official UK Chart Company which compiles the chart. Oh My Gosh by Basement Jaxx would have been at No 45 but made No 27 once downloads were taken into account. Stereophonics' Dakota was at No 34 in the chart instead of No 46 under the old system.

The most dramatic leap was made by Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz which has only been available as a seven-inch vinyl single. It would have been at No 197 but was No 22 thanks to downloads.

Paul Clifford of the Official UK Chart Company said:

"The chart has always been a reflection of the most popular songs and including downloads means we maintain that."

Independent labels have objected to the chart, claiming it puts them at a disadvantage because many are unable to sell their recordings in a downloadable format. But the Chart Company said there were eight indie records in the chart, one more than would have been under the old system.

(News, Source: Elvisnews.com)


Comment - UK Top 40 sales figures

Despite what a number of other sites are suggesting, the inclusion of downloads is a sensible industry initiative to fully reflect the most popular songs as expressed by relevant consumer interest...it is not a conspiracy to stop artists like Elvis from dominating the charts. The reality is that "sales" of CDs have been generally diminishing for many years (singles sales are now a fraction of what they were even just five years ago) as consumers use a mix of means to obtain and listen to their favorite artists and songs. This is progress.

(News/Commentary: Source: EIN)




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