December 11 - My Platinum Happiness

Jack White's Third man Record re-issued "My Happiness" coupled with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" as a 7 inch Sun Records Reissue of the Grammy Nominated Record Store Day Exclusive 10-inch facsimile of Elvis Presley’s first ever recording from 1953.

Product description:

Third Man will release a widely available 7-inch 45rpm featuring newly restored versions of the two songs. Working from a transfer done by industry expert Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it without losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breath-taking. 

An 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked through the doors of the Memphis Recording Service at 708 Union Ave. in the summer of 1953. He carried a beat-up guitar that he'd had since the age of 11 and enough money to make a $3.98 record of his own voice. He sang two '30s ballads -- ''My Happiness'' and ''That's When Your Heartaches Begin'' -- hoping to catch the attention of Sam Phillips, who had started his own label, Sun. When he was done, Marion Keisker, who helped run the place with Phillips, typed his name on the back of a label for Sun act The Prisonaires, and Presley left with his acetate. For more than six decades, that record of Elvis singing ''My Happiness'' was kept by the family of the high-school friend Presley left it with, Ed Leek. As part of an auction at Graceland on Jan. 8 (2015) -- which would have been Presley's 80th birthday -- it was valued at approximately $100,000. It sold to an unknown Internet bidder for $300,000. That bidder was Jack White. A piece of American musical history.


Platinum for If I Can Dream


The "If I Can Dream" CD by Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is now certified Platinum in Australia. for selling over 70,000 copies. The album is currently number #7 in its fifth week on the ARIA Album Charts in Australia.


Charts


The "If I can dream" album dropped from #2 to #3 on the UK Album charts selling 104,574 copies making it the 2nd biggest album released in 2015 in the UK by any artist  so far. It is short of Double Platinum by 85,000 copies, three weeks earlier than was the case for the biggest selling Elvis album ever in the UK, ELV1S 30 #1 Hits which is currently 6X Platinum, at over 1.8 million units to date in the UK.

  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped from #69 to #77 on the Official UK Album charts.
  • The “If I Can Dream” album dropped from #27 to #28 on the Official UK Vinyl Album chart. 
  • The single "If I Can Dream" climbed from #13 to #10 on the Official UK Vinyl Singles chart. The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation re-entered the Official UK Vinyl Album chart at #38.
  • The “If I Can Dream” CD dropped from #2 to #3 on the Official Scottish Album charts.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped from #72 to #75 on the Official Scottish Album charts.
  • The “If I Can Dream” CD dropped from #18 to #35 on the Austrian Album charts.
  • The “If I Can Dream” CD dropped from #87 to #93 on the Swiss Album charts.
  • The “If I Can Dream” CD dropped from #43 to #47 on the Spanish Album charts.
  • The “If I Can Dream” CD dropped from #22 to #27 on the Belgian charts.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation is listed at #48 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.
  • The “If I Can Dream” CD dropped off the Dutch charts.
  • The “If I Can Dream” CD climbed from #7 to #5 on the Irish Album charts.
  • The “The Real … Elvis” dropped from #76 to #85 on the Irish Album chart.
  • The “If I Can Dream” dropped from #7 to #9 on the Australian Album chart.
  • The “If I Can Dream” dropped from #15 to #24 on the New Zealand Album chart.
  • The DVDs "Elvis – The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" climbed from #29 to #25 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
  • The DVD "The King Of Rock’n’Roll" remained steady at #36 on the Offical UK Music DVD chart.
  • The 6 DVD set "The Elvis Collection" dropped from ~327 to #46 on the Official UK Music DVD chart.
Out Now! 

Rumble Record Jre-issued the classic albums "Elvis Presley", "Elvis" and "Elvis Golden Records" on 180 Gr. vinyl.


(Source: FECC / Third Man Records / Elvis Australia / Elvis Aktuell / Official UK Charts / ACharts)

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