Elvis Turns 70 With 19th U.K. No. 1

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" (RCA) entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 9), the day after the King would have turned 70 years old.

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" (RCA) entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 9), the day after the King would have turned 70 years old. The title took over the top spot despite posting the lowest weekly sales totals in the chart's history (21,262 copies).

The rock'n'roll classic, which was also Presley's second British chart-topper in 1958, was reissued last week as part of a high-profile campaign by the label to re-promote all of Elvis' 18 previous U.K. No. 1 singles. Presley's first British chart-topper was "All Shook Up" in 1957, and while this was also reactivated last week, it was not eligible for the sales chart as it came with a collectors' box in which to house the singles collection.

"Jailhouse Rock" thus becomes the 999th No. 1 in the history of the British chart, having also been the 67th in January 1958, when it was the first disc to enter the survey at No. 1. Today, RCA reissues Presley's next U.K. bestseller, "One Night," and speculation is rife that next weekend it could become the 1000th No. 1 since the 1952 inception of the chart.

Another reissue of somewhat more recent vintage, Iron Maiden's 1982 hit "The Number of the Beast" (EMI), hit the new singles chart at No. 3, having only reached No. 18 its first time around. Another veteran chart act reappeared at No. 4, as "Breathe" (Mute) became the 17th U.K. top 10 hit for British pop duo Erasure over a period of more than 18 years. It's the lead track from the upcoming album "Nightbird" (Mute), and its first set of original material since 2000's "Loveboat."

New at No. 5 was "Filthy/Gorgeous," the fifth single from the Scissor Sisters' self-titled Universal debut album, which returns to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart in its 49th week. It took 22 weeks to reach the top of the British chart for the first time in July, with a second brief stint two weeks later. The U.K. sales total of "Scissor Sisters" is now 1.63 million, according to the label.

Newcomer Dana Rayne opened at No. 7 on the singles chart with a cover of Starpoint's 1985 top 30 U.S. pop hit "Object of My Desire" (Incentive). There was also a No. 8 start for "Cutt Off," English electro-rock act Kasabian's latest single from its eponymous RCA debut album.

Behind the Scissor Sisters on the U.K. Album chart, the Killers' "Hot Fuss" (Lizard King) climbs three spots to a new peak of No. 2, while Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) falls 1-3.

Across Europe, Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) is in its seventh aggregate week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup awards a third week at No. 1 to Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury).