by Music-News.com Newsdesk & VVN Music
He may have only ever set foot in the UK fleetingly at Prestwick Airport – but Elvis mania is once again sweeping across the nation.
Elvis, the undisputed King of Rock N’ Roll, has secured a second week at the top of the official UK album charts, with If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album, released by Sony Music Entertainment, sold 88,603 in its second week of release. That was 9,550 MORE copies than it sold in its first week. That made it the first album to debut at No1 and then sell more copies in its second week on sale for three-and-a-half years (Gary Barlow/Commonwealth Band’s Sing, May 2012).
It also saw The King beat off the Fab Four, with The Beatles’ 1 landing at number 5 in the album charts.
Elvis’ album has now sold a total of 167,656 copies in just two weeks of release – and is already certified gold.
Executive producer Priscilla Presley said: “I have been truly humbled by the reaction to this record in the UK. I know that Elvis always held the fans in the UK with great affection. He would have been thrilled with both this record and to know that, even now, he has so many fans on this side of the Atlantic.”
Elvis is the biggest-selling solo artist of all time, having sold – astonishingly - more than ONE BILLION records worldwide.
Below Elvis, Rod Stewart drops from 2 to 4 with his latest, Another Country, followed by the Beatles at 5.
Of debuts by veteran artists, the highest is the two-CD version of Bob Dylan's latest Bootleg Series release (volume 12), The Best of the Cutting Edge which starts at number 12. That makes it the third highest charting of the series after Volume 8 (Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased / 2008 / #9) and Volume 10 (Another Self Portrait / 2013 / #5 U.K.).
One step lower at 13 is 7 by singer Seal, putting in right in his regular level on the British charts. His last four albums have all peaked at between 11 and 17.
Cee Lo Green opens at 43 with Heart Blanche, a huge drop from his last studio album, The Lady Killer, which peaked at number 3. Of course, that album had the international hit F**k You which topped the U.K. charts and drove the album sales.
Billy Gibbons & the BFG's start at 62 with Perfectamundo. It's his first solo album away from ZZ Top whose 2012 album, La Futura, started at 29.
The top five albums in the U.K.:
- If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Get Wild - Little Mix
- Delirium - Ellie Goulding
- Another Country - Rod Stewart
- 1 - Beatles
- Hello - Adele
- Sorry - Justin Bieber
- Sax - Fleur East
- In2 - WSTRN
- Never Forget You - Mnek & Zara Larsson
- Album Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Physical Album Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Vinyl Album Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Independent Albums - Always: The Very Best of Erasure - Erasure
- Scottish Albums - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Rock & Metal Albums - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
- R&B Albums - 7 - Seal
- Vinyl Singles - Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan