Saturday, June 02, 2012

June 02 - Follow That Teen Idol Breakout

Teen idols are a special kind of rock star – their popularity may fall as fast as it rises, but it tends to rise higher and inspire more ecstatic adoration than any other kind of artist. Rolling Stone features 'The Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments' in chronological order, from Frank Sinatra in 1942 to One Direction in 2012. Elvis is third on their chronological list.

ELVIS - America had never seen anything like Elvis Presley when he burst onto the scene in the mid-1950s. His dance moves were so sexually suggestive that he was filmed from the hips up during his debut appearance on the Tonight Show. If anything, the censorship made him even more irresistible to teenagers across the country. Everyone wondered what exactly was going on underneath that camera. Nationwide mania for Elvis lasted until he joined the army in 1958, but it peaked in 1956 when he scored Number One singles with "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender." Regardless of how badly he squandered his gift in the 1960s and 1970s, the image of Elvis gyrating his pelvis on national TV is permanently planted in the memories of an entire generation. Countless artists decided to devote themselves to rock & roll in that very moment.

These are the May 2012 Import Top 40 and FTD Top 40 charts:

Import Top 40 May 2012
The numbers one and two swapped places on the May 2012 Import Top 40 chart. 
1 (2) American Crown Jewels (1996)
2 (1) A Greensboro Revolution! (2008)
3 (3) Finding The Way Home (1999)
4 (4) A Hot Winter Night In Dallas (1998)
5 (5) Totally Stung! (2001)

FTD Top 40 May 2012
No movement in the Top 5 this month. The recent releases 'On Stage', 'Our Memories Of Elvis' and 'Another Saturday Night' received the first votes from fans. and are listed at the bottom of the list.
1 (1) Elvis Is Back! (2005)
2 (2) That's The Way It Is (2008)
3 (3) The Jungle Room Sessions (2000)
4 (4) Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) (2008)
5 (5) Good Times (2009)

(Source: Rolling Stone / Elvis Information Network / ElvisNews)