Thursday, July 07, 2022

July 07 - No. 1 Soundtrack

The soundtrack album for Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis' biopic hit No. 1 on the Billboard Soundtrack Album chart. 

Lista Marie Presley posted on Twitter: "It’s full of epic songs with epic and incredible artists that I am a huge fan of. Congrats to all of you and to Dave Cobb for producing it. Much Love ~ LMP".

The 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' compilation is the new No. 1 on Billboard's Catalogue Album chart. 

From Tupelo to Myth

The Italian Classic Rock magazine  (volume 115, July 2022) featured Elvis on the cover, inside the article 'From Tupelo to Myth'.

Elvis Presley Shakes Up Billboard Charts

Keith Caulfield wrote an interesting piece on Elvis shaking up the billboard charts following the release of the 'ELVIS' biopic. 

The new Elvis Presley biopic Elvis shakes up Billboard’s charts dated July 9, following the film’s U.S. premiere in movie theaters on June 24. Its multi-artist soundtrack – led by Presley – makes a splash on a number of rankings, including a chart-topping bow on Billboard’s Soundtracks tally. Meanwhile, Presley’s 2002 hits compilation Elvis: 30 #1 Hits returns to the top 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in 19 years.

Plus, Presley’s catalog of songs posted a 67% increase in on-demand official streams in the U.S. in the week ending June 30 (growing to 27.04 million), according to Luminate. His most-streamed song of the week was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Additionally, Doja Cat’s contribution to the Elvis soundtrack, “Vegas,” moves up a number of tallies. It hits the top 40 for the first time on both the Billboard Global 200 and the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 and reaches the top 10 on Hot Rap Songs.

Here’s a look at the latest coronations and other notable moves regarding the late King of Rock & Roll.

‘Elvis’ Soundtrack Arrives: The Elvis soundtrack, released via RCA Records, opens at No. 1 on the Soundtracks chart and also takes a bow on Top Rock & Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums (No. 4 on both), Top Current Album Sales (No. 30), the Billboard 200 (No. 26) and Top Album Sales (No. 35).

Elvis earned 18,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending June 30. Of that sum, streaming equivalent album (SEA) units comprise 13,000 (equaling 18.25 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks), album sales comprise 3,000 and track equivalent album (TEA) units comprise 2,000.

On the Billboard 200, the Elvis soundtrack – billed as by Elvis Presley & Various Artists – gives Presley his 58th top 40-charting album. That ties him with Frank Sinatra for the most top 40 albums on the list since it began publishing on a regular, weekly basis in 1956. Right behind Presley and Sinatra are Barbra Streisand (with 54), Grateful Dead (52) and Bob Dylan (51).

In total in the week ending June 30, Presley’s catalog of albums (excluding the Elvis soundtrack) earned 30,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. (up 76.2% from 17,000 the previous week). Of that 30,000-unit sum, album sales comprised 9,000 (up 80.9% from 5,000).

’30 #1 Hits’ Album Rebounds: Presley’s chart-topping greatest hits compilation, Elvis: 30 #1 Hits, leaps from No. 103 to No. 33 on the Billboard 200 – returning to the top 40 for the first time since February of 2003. It spent three weeks atop the chart upon its release in 2002.

The set also bolts 37-1 on Catalog Albums (after leading the list for one week in 2005), 21-5 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums, 18-5 on Top Rock Albums and 12-7 on Top Country Albums. It additionally re-enters the Top Album Sales chart at No. 47. In total for the week, the album earned 17,000 equivalent album units (up 74%).

Elvis: 30 #1 Hits was first released in 2002 as a 31-track album (containing 30 previously released hits as well as the then-new JXL Radio Edit Remix of the 1968 song “A Little Less Conversation”). In 2022, the album was reissued in an expanded edition with nine bonus tracks, making the 30 #1 Hits album have a total of 40 songs.

Elvis: 30 #1 Hits debuted atop the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 12, 2002, and marked Presley’s 10th and most recent No. 1 album on the list – and his first No. 1 since 1973’s live album Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite. (Meanwhile, “Conversation” hit No. 1, for three weeks, on Hot Singles Sales, No. 26 on Adult Pop Airplay and No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002.)

Streaming the Hits: Presley’s catalog of songs garnered 62.04 million on-demand official streams globally in the week ending June 30 – up 53% from the week previous (40.49 million). The U.S. accounted for about 44% of Presley’s streaming activity in the week ending June 30 – with 27.04 million on-demand official streams (up 67% from 16.14 million a week earlier).

Presley’s top three most-streamed songs in the U.S., by on-demand official streams, for the week ending June 30 were “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (2.3 million; up 35%), “Suspicious Minds” (1.99 million; up 69%) and “Jailhouse Rock” (1.4 million; up 51%).

Globally, the Tupelo, Miss.-born Presley’s three most-streamed songs for the week (again, by on-demand official streams) were “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (6.15 million; up 27%), “Suspicious Minds” (4.17 million; up 57%) and “Jailhouse Rock” (3.6 million; up 37%). (U.S. streaming figures are included in the global numbers.)

Meanwhile, on the Song Charts: On Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart, Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” debuts at No. 11, while “Suspicious Minds” enters at No. 12. Over on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs tally, they bow at Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. (Both charts blend streaming, airplay and sales data.)

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, while “Suspicious Minds” became Presley’s seventh and final No. 1 on the Hot 100, topping the list in 1969. (His recording career predates the chart’s 1958 inception.)

Viva Las ‘Vegas’: Doja Cat’s contribution to the Elvis soundtrack, “Vegas,” makes strides on Billboard’s charts. It hits the top 40 for the first time on both the Billboard Global 200 (rising 45-35) and the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 (67-34), and reaches the top 10 on Hot Rap Songs (13-7). On the Hot 100, it’s Doja Cat’s 12th top 40-charting song.

“Vegas” garnered 10.82 million on-demand official U.S. streams in the week ending June 30 (up 16%). Globally, the track earned 22.32 million (up 10%).

The song, which interpolates Presley’s classic “Hound Dog,” is being promoted to pop radio by RCA as of July 11. It gained by 68% in plays on stations that report to Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart, where it’s so far bubbling under, in the June 27-July 3 tracking week.

(Source: Lisa Marie Presley / Elvis Friends Italy / Billboard)