CSPC: Elvis Presley Popularity Analysis

ELVIS PRESLEY - IN THE GHETTO

Physical Singles Sales – Part 5

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

Double Trouble (1967) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On) – 210,000
Blue River – 90,000

Clambake (1967) – 309,000 equivalent albums

Guitar Man – 660,000
Big Boss Man – 370,000

Speedway (1968) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby – 300,000

From Elvis in Memphis (1969) – 909,000 equivalent albums

In the Ghetto – 3,030,000

Back In Memphis (1969) – 0 equivalent album

No physical single released.

That’s the Way It Is (1970) – 831,000 equivalent albums

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – 1,570,000
I’ve Lost You – 820,000
I Just Can’t Help Believin’ – 380,000

From the start of 1966 to mid 1968, Presley charted with 21 singles inside the US Hot 100 but none of them managed to peak higher than #28. Singles sales were high by then though and his songs were selling more than suggested by their chart runs. The singer wasn’t hyped anymore, getting low airplay, but still keeping a good-sized pool of regular buyers.

After 4 full years with no Top 10 hit, he came back in great fashion with In the Ghetto. The song smashed in most markets, ultimately breaking 3 million global sales. It also paved the way to a new era of hits, including the #1 orphan song Suspicious Minds that we will meet in the appropriate section.

Even if he had good successes with some soundtracks, most notably Blue Hawaii, Presley was still struggling to found his public in Japan. It all changed thanks to the #1 hit there You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me that sold a stunning 400,000 copies in this market.

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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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