December 01 - Estelle Brown on Walk of Stars in Shreveport (Updated)

Estelle Brown, only surviving member of the Sweet Inspirations, will be inducted into the Shreveport Walk of the Stars onDecember 6, 2018 during a ceremony at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. She performed with Elvis from 1969 until 1977 and, 75 years old,  still tours the world. 

Charts

The weekly chart-update

US Billboard chart:
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" climbed from #187 to #114 on the US Billboard Album Top 200. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" remained steady at #71 on the US Billboard Album Sales chart. 
  • The "It’s Christmas Time" climbed from #96 to #80 on the US Billboard Album Sales chart. 
  • The "It’s Christmas Time" climbed from #36 to #21 on the US Billboard Rock Album chart. 
  • The "It’s Christmas Time" climbed from #16 to #9 on the US Billboard Country  Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation re-entered the US Billboard Country Album chart at #34. 
  • The "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation climbed from #48 to #30 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" climbed to #10 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart. 
  • The "It’s Christmas Time" climbed from #41 to #39 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • On the US Billboard Artist chart Elvis climbed from #78 to #58.
Belgium:
  • On the Belgian Mid-price Album chart the "Top 40 Elvis - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" climbed from #22 to #21. 
UK, Ireland and Scotland:
  • On the Official UK Soundtrack Album chart the "Elvis The Searcher" soundtrack album is a re-entry at#44.
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” compilation climbed from #3 to #2 on the Official UK Christian and Gospel Music chart.
  • On the Official UK Music DVD chart the "Elvis The Searcher" DVD remained steady at #2.
  • On the Official UK Music DVD chart "The Elvis Collection" DVD set remained steady at #2.
  • On the official Irish Music DVD chart the "Elvis: The Searcher" DVD remained steady at #1!
  • On the official Scottish Album chart the "Christmas Peace" compilation climbed from #76 to #56.

Elvis FaceTime

Real Elvis Presley impersonators from around the world are united in a Group FaceTime performance of 'There’s Always Me.' When might you want to connect with more than 30 friends via the iPhone’s Group FaceTime video chat? Well, perhaps you’re an Elvis impersonator looking to harmonize with your fellow Kings all around the world.

That’s admittedly a highly specific scenario, but it does make for an endearing new ad from Apple that illustrates the feature.

In “A Little Company,” we see real impersonators from multiple countries capturing different eras of Elvis Presley’s career, from his early rock roots to his bedazzled Las Vegas years. As the performers rotate, taking on different lines of 1961’s “There’s Always Me,” we see how Group FaceTime’s display adapts dynamically to focus on the participant stepping into the spotlight:

The ad avoids the longstanding temptation to make fun of Elvis acolytes, instead presenting them in a way that’s both fun and appreciative of the style they bring to their portrayal.

The settings are just as much characters in the ads as the singers are, with each impersonator’s distinct situation being called out or at least hinted at before the scene jumps to the next performer. We’re used to seeing Elvis impersonators in full-motion, high-energy, arm-windmilling action, and this spot goes against the stereotype by conveying Presley’s effortless cool and having the Kingly crooners looking relaxed and contemplative.



Will it make you want to take part in a cellular sing-along with 30 of your friends around the planet? Probably not, but at least it’ll help you remember how the feature works—and that Elvis rocked a truly under-appreciated black leather outfit when he launched his comeback in 1968.

(Source: ElvisMatters / Adweek / The King's World / Billboard / Martin)