CSPC: Elvis Presley Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Elvis Presley (1956) – 576,000 equivalent albums

Blue Suede Shoes – 910,000
I Got A Woman – 160,000
Tryin’ To Get To You – 120,000
I’ll Never Let You Go – 130,000
Blue Moon – 380,000
Money Honey – 220,000

Elvis (1956) – 49,000 equivalent albums

Rip It Up – 10,000
Love Me – 30,000
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again – 5,000
Paralyzed – 110,000
Old Shep – 5,000
Remaining Singles – 2,500

Loving You (1957) – 1,002,000 equivalent albums

Mean Woman Blues – 20,000
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – 3,030,000
Party – 280,000
I Need You So – 10,000

Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) – 549,000 equivalent albums

Santa Claus Is Back In Town – 50,000
Blue Christmas – 1,590,000
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) – 140,000
White Christmas – 50,000

King Creole (1958) – 630,000 equivalent albums

Hard Headed Woman – 1,650,000
King Creole – 410,000
Lovel Doll – 40,000

A Date with Elvis (1959) – 393,000 equivalent albums

(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care – 70,000
Baby Let’s Play House – 590,000
Good Rockin’ Tonight – 570,000
I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine – 80,000

If you heard about massive singles sales during the 50s by Presley, you may disappointed with these numbers. There is two things to consider though. The first is that with over 10 million units sold from songs listed on this page, the total is already fairly big. It is led by the massive hit Teddy Bear that sold upwards 3 million copies. The second, even more important thing to consider, is that back in the 50s big hits were left as stand-alone singles, they weren’t incorporated into albums. Teddy Bear is the only songs among Presley‘s Top 10 selling 50s singles that was part of a studio album. All remaining smashes like Don’t Be Cruel and Heartbreak Hotel will appear inside the orphan section, the list that merges all singles issued outside of proper studio LPs.

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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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