December 05 - The Elvis Movies

Due for release on April 16, 2014 from Rowman And Littlefield publishing is the 288 page book "The Elvis Movies" by James L. Neibaur.

From the publisher:
"Elvis Presley's stature as the “King of Rock ‘n Roll” will never be challenged. Between his first single in 1956—the number one smash “Heartbreak Hotel”—and his death in 1977, Elvis amassed more than 100 hits on the music charts, a success that has never been equaled. But Presley’s dominance on the music chart was paralleled by the singer’s motion picture career. Between 1956 and 1969, Elvis appeared in more than thirty films, further cementing his place as one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. While there have been countless books that explore the real Elvis tucked beneath layers of showbiz mythology, often such volumes dismiss his motion picture career as insignificant or overlook entirely his on screen work.

In The Elvis Movies, James L. Neibaur looks at the 31 features that Presley made, from Love Me Tender in 1956 to Change of Habit in 1969. Most of these were star vehicles tailor-made for his image. As Neibaur points out, Elvis had a real interest in being a good actor, but his initial promise was soon thwarted by anti-creative decisions that sold a packaged version of the singer. Despite lapsing into a predictable formula of lightweight musicals, Elvis Presley's star power ensured that the films became box office successes. One by one, Neibaur examines each film, providing information about their production and offering assessments about their values as films in general as well as their place in the Presley canon. Additional details include behind the scenes personnel, costars, DVD availability, and hit songs featured in each film.

An entertaining and informative look at an often underrated aspect of the singer’s career, The Elvis Movies offers readers insights into each of these films. This volume will be a welcome resource to fans of the singer who want to know more about the King and his successful ventures on the big screen."

3 Classic Albums

Due on February 24, 2014 from the Art Of Music label are an 3 LP vinyl set entitled "3 Classic Albums" and a Sun Singles set.

Charts

'It's Christmas Time' drops from 53 to 86 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 14th December, 2013. It also drops from 7 to 13 on the Catalog Album Chart and drops from 14 to 19 on the Holiday Album Chart. 

  • 'Merry Christmas, Love Elvis' drops from 134 to 142 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. It also drops from 21 to 22 on the Top Country Album Chart. It further drops from 114 to 115 on the Current Album Chart and drops from 29 to 30 on the Holiday Album Chart.
  • 'The Classic Christmas Album' rises from 188 to 175 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and rises from 143 to 137 on the Current Album Chart.
  • 'Blue Christmas (Single) rises from 35 to 22 on the Holiday Digital Songs Chart; re-enters the Holiday 100 Singles Chart at 16 and re-enters the Holiday Airplay Chart at 19.
  • 'Here Comes Santa Claus' re-enters the Holiday 100 Singles Chart at 60.
  • 'He Touched Me' - The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley (Vols. 1 & 2) drops from 13 to 21 on the Top Video Sales Chart.
  • 'Elvis Lives' drops from 20 to 24 on the Top Video Sales Chart.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Brian Quinn / FECC)