CSPC: Elvis Presley Popularity Analysis

0094 - Elvis Presley - The Sun Sessions

Physical Singles Sales – Part 8

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

Orphan – 25,247,000 equivalent albums

That’s All Right – 590,000
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy – 50,000
Mystery Train – 410,00
You’re a Heartbreaker – 380,000
Shake, Rattle And Roll – 420,000
Heartbreak Hotel – 3,150,000
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You – 1,710,000
Don’t Be Cruel – 5,390,000
Love Me Tender – 3,600,000
Too Much – 1,660,000
Jailhouse Rock – 4,010,000
All Shook Up – 3,740,000
Don’t – 1,840,000
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck – 1,590,000
One Night – 1,770,000
(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I – 2,090,000
A Big Hunk Of Love – 1,440,000
Stuck On You – 2,250,000
It’s Now Or Never – 5,420,000
Are You Lonesome Tonight? – 4,450,000
A Mess Of Blues – 500,000
Surrender – 2,670,000
I Feel So Bad – 1,050,000
(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame – 1,630,000
Good Luck Charm – 2,840,000
She’s Not You – 1,790,000
King Of The Whole Wide World – 150,000
You’re The Devil In Disguise – 2,600,000
I Got Lucky – 20,000
Viva Las Vegas – 1,370,000
Ain’t That Loving You Baby – 1,180,000
Tell Me Why – 730,000
If Every Day Was Like Christmas – 500,000
Indescribably Blue – 460,000
You Gotta Stop – 30,000
U.S. Male – 490,000
You’ll Never Walk Alone – 170,000
A Little Less Conversation – 190,000 (Original) + 1,640,000 (JXL)
If I Can Dream – 1,110,000
Memories – 510,000
Clean Up Your Own Back Yard – 650,000
Suspicious Minds – 2,800,000
Don’t Cry Daddy – 1,670,000
Kentucky Rain – 1,040,000
The Wonder Of You – 2,100,000
Rags To Riches – 660,000
Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog – 130,000
I’m Leavin’ – 510,000
It’s Only Love – 330,000
An American Trilogy – 460,000
Burning Love – 2,290,000
Separate Ways / Always On My Mind – 1,050,000
Steamroller Blues – 700,000
Polk Salad Annie – 110,000
My Way – 1,060,000
You Gave Me A Mountain – 2,500
It’s Only Love – 260,000
The Sound Of Your Cry – 20,000
The Elvis Medley – 260,000
From the Waist Up
– 2,500
The Twelfth Of Never – 40,000
America the Beautiful – 140,000
Rubberneckin’ – 280,000

Early Sun singles moved about half a million a piece thanks to fans collecting the frequent reissues. The real deal started with Heartbreak Hotel. That 3,15 million selling hit was only the first of an immaculate string of smashes. Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender , Good Luck Charm, You’re The Devil In Disguise, and more made the count of sales achieved by Presley increase faster than anyone else’s in the music industry.

Even though the success rate of his singles has dropped after the first 7 years madness, the rocker remained an impressive seller. In later years, both Suspicious Minds and Burning Love topped 2 million. Combined, these orphan singles sold upwards 84 million units to put the artist’s total at a mind blowing 135 million.

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Kjell Arne Jensen

Enlighten me. In 1978, “A Legendary Performer Vol. 3” was released. After a few weeks, it was awarded a gold certification (500,000 sales, USA only, dec18th 1978) from RIAA. You have worldwide sales at 440,000. Any comment?

colin bratkovich

I would assume that CHARTMASTERS has accounted for all UK album releases before September, 2018? /It looks like (earlier catalog (reissue product since 2000) releases / ELVIS THAT”S THE WAY IT IS ( 30) has gotten a gold (100,000) award in 2021/Another ,TODAY (40) at ( 60,000) in 2019/ Add these to world totals/ OTHER re-issue but new product in found awards in 2020 -THE WONDER OF YOU LP at (600,00),50 GREATEST HITS at (900,000)./ 2019 – JAILHOUSE ROCK LP at (60,000), THE ESSENTIAL at (60,000) , IF I CAN DREAM LP at ( 1,200,000) /

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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