May 22 - The King Trailer

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey. Here is the trailer.



Cancelled

Despite the "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour being pared back to only two shows - these have now been cancelled, presumably due to lack of ticket sales. There were only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates had already been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week. Now Cancelled - Despite the best efforts of the Promoter we were not able to rectify the situation .... 

(Source: FEC C / YouTube / Elvis Information Network)

May 20 - Weekend Charts (updated)

The Elvis Presley weekend charts:

United Kingdom (Official Chart Company week May 18 to 24, 2018):
  • Soundtrack Album chart: The Searcher  #16 (from #15)
Belgium - Flanders (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Albums Top 200 chart: The Searcher  #111 (from #108)
Belgium - Wallonia (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Mid Price Album Top 50 chart: The Essential Elvis Presley #48 (from #22)
Australia (ARIA chart week May 21 to 27, 2018)
  • Physical Albums (Top 100):  The King  #84 (dropped from #61)
  • Music DVDs: Elvis: King Of Rock 'n' Roll  #37 (dropped from #20)
(Source: Laser Freak)

May 19 - Elvis Years



A heavily embellished white leather belt worn by Elvis Presley during a performance in November 1972 in Hawaii and gifted to actor and friend Jack Lord has been sold for $354,000. The estimate for this item was $20,000-40,000. 

The belt is adorned with faux turquoise, lapis lazuli, and coral, all set in gold-toned metal pieces. The buckle has a dragon-like resemblance, and three dangling brass chains are affixed to the bottom. Presley wore the belt with at least two different ensembles, including his well-known heavily jeweled “Thunderbird.”


It was one of fifty-nine Elvis Presley items sold during Julien's Music Icon's Auction. Other items that gained high bids were a ring given by Elvis to a fab ($100,000) and an 1968 Fender Telecaster Prototype (115.200 dollar).

The Elvis Years

Due for release from Anthem Publishing on May 24, 208 is volume one in a three volume series entitled "The Elvis Years". The first volume is entitled "From Tupelo To Stardom", the second "From fort Hood to Hollywood", due August 23, 2018 and volume 3 is entitled "From Comeback to Final Years". The latter is due November 11, 2018. 

Synopsis:
The Elvis Years is a brand new three-part series that celebrates the life, music and legacy of the one and only Elvis Presley.

For Volume 1 of The Elvis Years, we track the beginnings of Elvis's incredible career: from his birth and humble upbringing in Tupelo, to his pivotal move to Memphis and Sun Records fame. Beyond Sun, we then return to the studio sessions where Elvis made his mighty RCA major label debut.

Further in, we profile Elvis's original band, the Blue Moon Boys: guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer DJ Fontana. Plus we take a look at his harmonious vocal backing quartet The Jordanaires. There's also an in-depth investigation into two of Presley's main collaborators from the period: Sun Records producer and label boss Sam Phillips and prodigious songwriter Otis Blackwell.

Other Volume 1 features include a look at 50s rockabilly Mecca the Louisiana Hayride, Elvis's first pop No. 1 single Heartbreak Hotel, the heralded Million Dollar Quartet session – with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash – and a sightseeing trip to Presley hot spots in Tupelo.

His first four seminal Hollywood film roles – Loving You, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole – are also given due attention, as are his fascinating connections to the UK. Lastly we feast our eyes on Presley's lavish 50s wardrobe and take a listen to a few of his lesser-spun wonders from the era. So join us as we retrace the King’s footsteps, from Tupelo to Stardom…

(Source: FECC / Anthem Publishing)

May 18 - New Elvis Vinyl

Due for release from Sony Music Canada on June 26, 2018 is a vinyl re-issue of the “Elvis Is Back” album. This edition comes on 180 Gr. Vinyl, packed in a gatefold cover. 

Due for release from the Bad Joker label on May 21, 2018 are the LPs "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions” and “Elvis Presley: Sun Singles 1950 - 1956: The Early Steps Of The King Of Rock And Roll”.

Tracks "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions”:
Side A: Lonely Man - Wild In The Country - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - King Of The Whole Wide World - This Is Living - Riding The Rainbow - Home Is Where Heart Is - I Got Lucky - A Whistling Tune
Side B: Wild In The Country (Maracas Version) - In My Way (Solo, Take 3 & 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 4, 5 & 6) - Wild In The Country (Take 3) - Wild In The Country (Take 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 10) - Wild In The Country (Take 8) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 12 & 17) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Master - Take 1) - Wild In The Country (Take 9) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 15, 17 & 18) - Wild In The Country (Take 19)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

May 17 - Chart Update

The US Billboard chart (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)  
  • Billboard Top 200 Album Sales: The Searcher #193 (#179) 1,189 sold albums from May 04 to 10, 2018
  • Country Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #23 (#29)
  • Country Catalog Albums (Top 25): Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #20 (#13)
  • Rock Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #43 (#40)
  • Soundtracks (Top 25): The Searcher #14 (#16)
  • Top Christian Albums: Elvis: The Ultimate Gospel #27 (#24), marking the  150th. week on the chart.
Billboard Canada (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)
  • Canadian Albums (Top 100): 40 Years On #79 (#60)
(Source: Laser Freak)