Despite Low Sales, Elvis Nets 1,000 U.K. No. 1
The U.K.'s 1,000th No. 1 single is a track first released in January 1959. Elvis Presley's "One Night" (RCA), which was also the 80th British chart-topper, returned to the summit of the weekly singlesThe U.K.'s 1,000th No. 1 single is a track first released in January 1959. Elvis Presley's "One Night" (RCA), which was also the 80th British chart-topper, returned to the summit of the weekly singles sales chart yesterday (Jan. 16). But alongside coverage of the historic singles chart landmark, the U.K. media is also focusing on the all-time low sales figures for a British No. 1 generated by Presley's two consecutive bestsellers.
Last week, "Jailhouse Rock" topped the chart with 21,262, then the lowest weekly U.K. sale for a No. 1 single. The bar was lowered further by "One Night," which recorded over-the-counter sales of 20,463. "Jailhouse Rock" plummeted to No. 10 on the new chart.
RCA's reissue campaign featuring all of the King's original British No. 1s is proving highly effective in terms of chart domination, but is attracting controversy for taking advantage of the depressed market.
Each of the Presley singles is a limited edition of 30,000 copies, many of which never get into stores as they are pre-ordered by Elvis collectors, and with singles sales so low at this time of year, the company has practically been able to guarantee No. 1 placement even though copies of the reissues are almost all snapped up in their first few days at retail and are widely unavailable by the end of the week of release.
Nonetheless, the sales figure for "One Night" was way ahead of the 12,753 achieved by the new entry at No. 2, Manic Street Preachers' "Empty Souls" (Sony), prompting supporters of the Presley campaign to point out that without the impetus of RCA's reissue program, the situation could have been worse.
New at No. 3 was the re-promoted single "Somebody Told Me" by the Killers as the Las Vegas rock outfit's "Hot Fuss" (Lizard King) completed a long climb to No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. "Hot Fuss" made its U.K. bow on the June 18 chart last year and jumped up 2-1 in its 32nd week on the survey. Last week the set received a Brit Awards nomination for best international album, while the band netted a nod for best international breakthrough act.
Also new on the singles chart was British rock outfit Rooster's "Staring at the Sun" (Brightside/BMG) at No. 5, club crossover "Strings Of Life (Stronger On My Own)" (Defected) by Soul Central featuring Kathy Brown at No. 6 and pop soloist
Darius' "Live Twice" (Mercury) at No. 7.
Another notable move on the U.K. albums chart came from emerging British
rock act Kasabian, which saw a 17-4 climb for its self-titled RCA debut following Brit nominations for best British album, group and rock act.
Culling chart performance across the continent, Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) nabbed an eighth aggregate week at the top of European Top 100 Albums chart. "Call On Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound) by Eric Prydz, which topped Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for two weeks in late October and early November, returned to No. 1, boosted by a 7-1 climb in France.