Chart-based stories on Elvis Presley in the U.K. and Celine Dion in France.
ELVIS AND CLIFF: Steve Young of Hull, England, notes that the latest Elvis Presley single may only have debuted at No. 69 on this week's U.K. Singles chart, but "America the Beautiful" gives Elvis Presley his 113th hit (a tally second only to Cliff Richard's 124), and the record for the longest span of new hits.
Presley first reached the chart the week of May 11, 1956, with "Heartbreak Hotel." With "America the Beautiful" charting for the first time, his span of hits expands to 45 years and six months.
The previous title-holder was Frank Sinatra, who had a span of 44 years, 6 months, and 3 weeks, between his chart debut in July 1954 with "Young at Heart" and his last chart hit, "They All Laughed" in January 1999.
Allowing re-issues into the equation, Presley`s new span is beaten by two others: Bing Crosby had a span of 46 years and 1 month between his "Isle of Innesfree" on the very first U.S./U.K. Singles chart dated November 14, 1952, and the re-issued "White Christmas" in December 1998. Dean Martin's span of 45 years and 11 months starts from the debut of "Kiss" in September 1953, and ends with the re-entry of "Sway" in August 1999.
ACROSS THE CHANNEL: From chart doings in the U.K., we jump across the English Channel for some news about the French charts. A couple of weeks ago, French chart columnist Elia Habib noted that Elton John had more No. 1 hits on the French singles chart since its inception 17 years ago on Nov. 4, 1984, than any other artist, with four. This week, Canadian singer Celine Dion ties that record, as her duet with Canadian male vocalist Garou debuts at No. 1.
"Sous Le Vent" is Garou's third No. 1, putting him in a tie with Michael Jackson, Francois Feldman, and Mylene Farmer for second place among artists with the most No. 1 hits in France.
"Sous Le Vent" is the ninth single to debut at No. 1 on the French chart. It replaces the eighth debut at No. 1, Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World."