Elvis Presley’s physical singles sales

Sales per singles

 

It’s Now Or Never emerges at the top with 5,42 million units sold. The fanciful claims surrounding it almost make this number look disappointing, it isn’t. To give some perspective to this number, acts like Michael Jackson, Madonna, ABBA and the Rolling Stones never sold that much with a unique physical single. The song sold close to 2 million units in the US, over 1,2 million in the UK, half a million in Germany and then around 100,000 units in every relevant market from that time.

Maybe even more impressive is the volume of ground breaking smashes Presley amassed through the years. His complete Top 10 cracks 3 million. Sales of 1,5 million would be a career-high for most acts but that’s not enough to feature inside the personal Top 30 of the King. He can fill half a dozen 12-tracks playlists with half a million sellers.

Singles at the lower end of this list are local releases that only came out in minor singles markets. Please note that an estimated 300,000 units can be added for various additional releases of this nature.

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Robert

Did you include Hound Dog with Don’t be Cruel?

Colin Bratkovich

Robert /IF you are noting MY review of Presley physical singles (using original RCA record catalogs) ,I used CHARTMASTERS own list to (155).It will be up to CHARTMASTERS to further check & confirm .Hopefully ,when time permits ,they will find my research useful, as well as a needed update of missing sales data.

Colin Bratkovich

MORE of the end of Presley physical SINGLES up to 1968/CHARTMASTERS (no.64) finds PUPPET ON A STRING /TELL ME WHY.As TELL ME WHY is already at (no.58),it should be dropped./CHARTMASTERS (no.76). INDESCRIBABLY BLUE is noted at 460,000,yet the RCA 1967 catalog gives it over half a million./The same for SPINOUT (no.78) ,OVER a half a million. CHARTMASTERS has it at 430,000./As CHARTMASTERS has noted many titles that were ALSO on EP,or originally on EP in the (US),these titles,mostly BRITISH HMV issues,are more than fair to note,as I am noting them as all PHYSICAL releases before 1968./As many other countries issued… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

MORE at last/CHARTMASTERS (no.47) as I’m YOURS at 940,000.THE RCA BLUE catalog credits ONLY it’s original flip “IT”s A LONG LONELY HIGHWAY as a HALF MILLION SELLER,/I made an error-I SHOULD HAVE noticed no.79 WITH your number 134/OTHERWISE-as far as SINGLE RELEASES ,the Elvis Presley history of sales is given another (early) look?Also keep in mind,people like MJD & AL at CHARTMASTERS,these are OFFICIALLY from RCA-before the recording industry began changing RULES./A GOLD RECORD was over a MILLION COPIES for SINGLES/A GOLD ALBUM was over a MILLION DOLLARS-not copies./RECORD COMPANIES that issued GOLD records THEN,had standards.Looking back,it’s unfortunate that the… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

MORE& MORE/CHARTMASTERS-already reported but (no.126) is NOT PRESLEY.Get rid of this garbage/CHARTMASTERS (no.134) notes LAWSY MISS CLAWDY /SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL at 50,000./The RCA RED catalog ONLY lists SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL as a WORLDWIDE HALF MILLION SELLER/Please change/CHARTMASTERS (no.128) notes I DON’T CARE IF THE SUN DON’t SHINE at 80,000.The RCA RED catalog listed it as over HALF A MILLION WORLDWIDE sold.Please change.

Colin Bratkovich

MORE/MORE/CHARTMASTERS (no.84) as MYSTERY TRAIN/I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET is noted at 380,000.First of all DROP MYSTERY TRAIN -as it’s titled on your no.141.-More so,it also charted without it’s original US flip.THE RCA RED catalog credits I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET as an official WORLDWIDE HALF MILLION SELLER.Change your low figure on this./CHARTMASTERS no.85 as YOURE A HEARTBREAKER at 380,000./THE RCA RED catalog only noted it;s original flip side MILKCOW BLUES BOOGIE at WORLDWIDE HALF A MILLION -add this one/CHARTMASTERS no.101 notes MONEY HONEY at 220,000./The RCA RED catalog notes it as WORLDWIDE HALF A MILLION copies/Change it/

Colin Bratkovich

MORE OF singles info/CHARTMASTERS (no.70) as BABY LETS PLAY HOUSE/I’M LEFT YOUR RIGHT SHES GONE should be broken up.Perhaps with CHARTMASTERS (no.133) ?/CHARTMASTERS no.61 GUITAR MAN has got to be low? /CHARTMASTERS (no,75) US MALE is low.A later RCA catalog gave credit to it’s (low) charted flip STAY AWAY at HALF A MILLION-a dumb mistake-It’s really US MALE /CHARTMASTERS (no.83) credits BLUE MOON at 380,000.RCA RED listed it at over HALF A MILLION sales.Change it/

Colin Bratkovich

CHARTMASTERS (no.37) credits VIVA LAS VEGAS/WHAT’D I SAY at 1,370,000.The RCA RED catalog notes ONLY VIVA LAS VEGAS as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER.As the flip side did chart slightly over it in the (US),the rest of the world found Viva Las Vegas the charted item.I would DROP What’d I Say on this one./CHARTMASTERS (no.41) notes I FEEL SO BAD at 1,050.000.It is also a RCA RED catalog entity as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER.However,it;s original flip side ,a minor charted entity in the US,was a huge seller elsewhere in the world.Indeed WILD IN THE COUNTRY got a silver DISC award for… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

MORE/MORE/& info again/CHARTMASTERS (no.26) lists ONE NIGHT at 1,770,000.Later than 1964 sales perhaps made this title a million seller,although original charted positions were high in top ten.This included R&B success & worldwide top ten charted placings The RCA RED catalog DOES NOT list it at all/It DOES list it’s original ‘flip’ I GOT STUNG as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER & a DOMESTIC (US) MILLION seller.Look at this,as well as (later) sales-& add I GOT STUNG.Perhaps RCA’s bean counters messed up? CHARTMASTERS (no.29) TOO MUCH/TOO MUCH is listed as 1,660,000.As BOTH titles are given the nod as WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLERS &… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

MORE /MORE. plus/CHARTMASTERS no.16) CAN’t HELP FALLING IN LOVE is noted at 2,470,000.IT was noted by RCA RED as a MILLION SELLER as well as a DOMESTIC (US) MILLION SELLER.Somehow,& unlike regular policy,it’s sales were presented to the RIAA (1961-62)-which is THE DOMESTIC (US) MILLION “GOLD”.Or perhaps another was issued by RCA as well?In any case,your figure is too low.The original flip “ROCK A HULA BABY is also noted by the RCA RED catalog as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER .Another title that needs to be added. CHARTMASTERS (no.22) has WOODEN HEART at 1,960,000.The RCA RED catalog also introduced this title… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

MORE of MORE or MORE info/CHARTMASTERS (no.9) notes TEDDY BEAR at 3,030,000>The RCA RED catalog also has it as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER & Also lists it’s original flip LOVING YOU as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER & a DOMESTIC (US) MILLION SELLER as well.As a charted B side,it needs to be added as a verified title. CHARTMASTER (no.11) has GOOD LUCK CHARM at 2,840,000 .AS a RED RCA catalog entity,it is noted as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER & a DOMESTIC (US) MILLION SELLER.BUT where is the flip-ANYTHING THAT’s Part OF YOU?The RCA RED catalog notes it as a WORLDWIDE MILLION… Read more »

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