CSPC: Elvis Presley Popularity Analysis

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As previously mentioned, there is an elephant in the room of Presley‘s statistics. The unreal success of his stand-alone singles deflates the interest of sales combined per album. To solve this case, this page treats his CSPC results per year of production. The year considered is the first year that saw a single come out, as a single or inside an album, whatever came first.

To really understand the impact of the rock legend, below table compares him with the Beatles. This highlights an insane fact.

There is no error: the material issued by Presley in 1957 is more valuable than the production of the Beatles in any year. While the Fab Four shocked the world thanks to their immaculate run from start to finish, they peaked in 1965 when their records produced value worth of 63,25 million up to now. Presley‘s output from 1957 tops that figure since it generated 65,82 million equivalent album sales. This also tops peaks of the Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, Simon & Garfunkel, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and more. All acts included, Presley’s 1957 output is the third most valuable of all-time behind catalogs of the Eagles from 1976 and Michael Jackson from 1982.

Many people think he reached monster sales thanks to his never ending discography but the fact is that his records were insanely successful. His sales haven’t been achieved on the back of zillions of tracks from dark years. Instead, his great periods were magnificent.

In fact, his years 1956/1957, 1960/1961, 1969 and 1972 all top 20 million. His songs first issued in these seasons add for over 210 million, which is more than the full careers of Elton John and Led Zeppelin. No need to say that the fact he managed these bright results in a period spread over 17 years is all the more impressive. He also did at least 1,4 million every year from 1954 to 1977. On top of that, it’s worth noting that Presley served the US Army from March 1958 to March 1960, which stopped his traction. Incredibly, he managed to return to massive sales instantly.

The following graphic also shows how dominant Presley has been. It doesn’t matter to see which year is referred to by each color, instead the size of blocks reflects the impact an artist had.

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Colin Bratkovich

CHARTMASTER’s No.82 notes FOR LP FANS ONLY at 430,00 worldwide. Considering the contents of this LP contained ALL re-issued material (on single or EP release ) this initial sales figure seems right .Lower US charted figures in 1959 also back this up. It is surprising however, that after this LP was also converted into re-processed stereo in 1963,as well as mono, it still failed to make it to RCA’s MILLION DOLLAR status, even in RCA’s 1971 catalog. Someone at RCA just had to be asleep! Or if not, considering 8 track & cassettes sold ,just had to ADD sales well… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

FLAMING STAR /CHARTMASTER’S no.77 / This (noted) post 1977 RIAA awarded LP is noted at 2,150,000 totaled by CHARTMASTERS. This has got to be too LOW, as it is based upon combined Camden-Pickwick figures, most of it from post 1977 successful marketing efforts, along with other ‘low priced’ budget product./As this LP was ALREADY noted as a MILLION DOLLAR LP seller by RCA (not RIAA) in it’s 1971 catalog. Yet these sales had to include a Billboard chart placing at 96.While this figure is considered low, the (then) rules made this LP have to sell more than the usual LP,… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

CHARTMASTERS could look into (especially) the 1977 re-issued Presley LP sales of HAREM SCARUM no.23,SPINOUT no.26,DOUBLE TROUBLE no.28 & CLAMBAKE no.29.With these sales, each of these (deleted in 1971) US LPs, ADD to over 500,000 each, as WORLD entities./

Colin Bratkovich

Paradise Hawaiian Style 1966/Elvis Presley/CHARTMASTERS no 25./The 1971 RCA catalog notes this LP as a WORLDWIDE MILLION $ SELLER. This updates CHARTMASTERS WORLDWIDE figure of 430,000 before 1977.

Colin Bratkovich

It Happened At The World’s Fair-Elvis Presley.1963./CHARTMASTERS no.17.The CHARTMASTERS WORLD figure at 600,000.This LP DID reach top 10 chart status in 1963.It is NOT noted as a WORLDWIDE MILLION SELLER on the back of the Elvis For Everyone LP in 1965.It was put on stereo 8 ,as an 8 track (P8S-1140) in 1966.By 1971,it was DROPPED as a re-issued catalog item. Later in 1977,following Presley’s death, the LP was AGAIN released as (APL1-2568) in the (US)),featuring the original MONO cover, in STEREO form. Like all Elvis product release in 1977,however brief, this LP, as well on 8 track & cassette… Read more »

Colin Bratkovich

ELVIS IS BACK LP.CHARTMASTERS no.10 /CHARTMASTERS (US) at 675,000,has got to be low? As a WORLD total at 1,160,000,it seems that this LP has better stats to match? As Elvis’s first official ‘Living Stereo’ release (released in mono & stereo ,with mono sales selling more) in 1960-61.An another RCA mistake , it could have been a RIAA award in 1961,with RCA not getting around to it until 1999..This LP got to no.2 on BILLBOARD,& lasted on (LP) chart for 56 weeks. In March,2011,it actually charted as a re-issue in BILLBOARD, which then proclaimed it at 199,with an added week-a total… Read more »

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