Presley's 'Conversation' Sets U.K. Chart Record
Elvis Presley is back at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chartElvis Presley is back at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart-topping singles in British history. The remix of his 1968 track "A Little Less Conversation" (RCA), credited to Elvis Vs. JXL and the first remix of any Presley recording sanctioned by his estate, hit the top yesterday (June 16) with first-week sales of nearly 250,000 copies.
Remixed by Dutch production duo Junkie XL, "Conversation" has had blanket U.K. airplay in recent weeks and been boosted by its use in Nike's current soccer-themed, worldwide advertising campaign, which will continue throughout the World Cup during June. It's Presley's 18th U.K. No. 1, moving him ahead of the Beatles, with whom he tied at 17 when "Way Down" surged to the top in the wake of Presley's death in the summer of 1977. His first No. 1 was "All Shook Up" in 1957, so "The King" now has a 45-year span of British chart-toppers.
The new chart also welcomed the third major single from Kylie Minogue's "Fever" album, as "Love at First Sight" (Parlophone) debuted at No. 2, while Sophie Ellis Bextor also scored her third consecutive top-3 single with the double-sided "Get Over You" and "Move This Mountain" (Polydor) at No. 3. "Hero" (Roadrunner), the "Spiderman" theme by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott, debuted at No. 4. Anglo-German outfit Scooter achieved its first British top-10 hit with a breakneck dance remake of Supertramp's "The Logical Song" on Sheffield Tunes at No. 7.
Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Polydor) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart, on which Korn's "Untouchables" (Epic) was the highest new entry at No. 4. David Bowie's "Heathen" (Columbia) arrived at No. 5, mirroring the opening performance of its 1999 predecessor, "Hours..." Veteran pop act Squeeze, currently in "retirement" while founding members Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford pursue individual projects, saw its TV-advertised UMTV set "The Big Squeeze -- The Very Best Of" debut at No. 8, its best showing since a previous "Greatest Hits" reached No. 6 in 1992.
Eminem has another week of double victory around Europe, with "Without Me" and "The Eminem Show" continuing at No. 1 on Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally and the European Top 100 Albums chart, respectively.