×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Charts all shook up

'Elv1s,' in 2nd week, rolls over Stones disc

It was the King over the Stones by a nose this week.

RCA Records’ collection of Elvis Presley’s 30 No. 1 singles squeaked past a similar compilation from rock legends the Rolling Stones, hanging on to the top spot despite a second-week sales decline of more than 30%.

“Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits” sold just short of 337,000 units in its sophomore sesh, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. That’s 27,000 north of the debut performance by the Stones’ “Forty Licks” career retrospective (Virgin).

Time may be on their side, however: The Stones’ ongoing soldout U.S. tour should help the supergroup keep cash registers humming at retail — a promotional tool that Elvis, for obvious reasons, can’t take advantage of.

But RCA parent Bertelsmann has other plans. Conglom earlier this week took the wraps off a planned hourlong TV special, to air in about a month, aimed at keeping sales of “Elv1s” buoyed through the Christmas season. Show, called “Elvis Lives,” will feature appearances from U2’s Bono, Britney Spears, Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews, among others.

Also putting RCA on the board this week was a greatest-hits collection from the smash reality show “American Idol.” Release, which features tracks from such would-be superstars as Justin Guarini, Kevin Bassinson and winner Kelly Clarkson, landed at No. 4, selling 146,000 copies.

West Coast rapper Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner grabbed the third spot with his fourth studio effort, “Man vs. Machine” (Loud/Sony). The Dr. Dre protege’s latest disc, which includes guest spots from Dre, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, shifted 156,000 units.

Debuting in seventh place was “The Young & the Hopeless” (Epic), the second album from radio-friendly punk-pop act Good Charlotte. “Hopeless” scanned more than 117,000 copies in its first week out.

Also bowing high in the rankings were “Twisted Angel” (Curb) from country chanteuse LeAnn Rimes at 12, “Live in Paris” (Verve) from sultry jazz vocalist Diana Krall at 18 and “Floetic” (DreamWorks) from female hip-hop duo Floetry in the 19th spot.

California alt-rock act Incubus logged the biggest gain of the week, jumping almost 80 spots to 58 thanks to a special edition of “Morning View” (Epic) New release, which sells for the same price as the original CD, offers an extra DVD disc of musicvideos and other content — a growing trend among marketers seeking to boost sales of developing artists.

That tack also worked wonders for “Is This It,” the RCA debut from Gotham indie-rock stars the Strokes. Album climbed 83 places to 73 — on a sales gain of 117% — following the release of its own special edition with DVD.

Next week’s main contender will be “Bounce” (Universal), the latest record from New Jersey arena-rockers Bon Jovi. U Music got the greenlight to release the record on Monday, after a judge denied an injunction request from a netco suing the label over its online marketing schemes for “Bounce.”

More Music

  • Danny Bennett, Tony Bennett, Sir Lucian

    Verve President Danny Bennett Steps Down as UMG Restructures Jazz and Classical Divisions

    Verve Label Group president/CEO Danny Bennett has stepped down, Universal Music Group announced Thursday. Oversight of Verve will be taken over by Dickon Stainer, president/CEO of Universal Classics and Jazz, who will add the labels to a stable that already includes heading up Deutsche Grammophon and the Decca Label Group. The restructuring was cited by the [...]

  • Exclusive All RoundMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Lennon Stella's Post-'Nashville' Pop Video Shows 'Bitch'-iness Cuts Across Genders

    What happens when a Canadian country girl goes pop? America is finding out this year via Lennon Stella, the 19-year-old former co-star of TV’s “Nashville,” who signed to Barry Weiss’ Records imprint (which has a deal via Columbia Records) in the winter of 2018, and who this month released a stellar new song, “Bitch (Takes [...]

  • Members of the public mourn at

    Guy Oseary’s New Zealand Fundraiser Nears $150,000, Continues Raising Money

    In the wake of the horrific shootings at New Zealand mosques last week that killed some 49 people, Maverick chief Guy Oseary launched a GoFundMe campaign to “support those affected by this tragedy at this very difficult time,” and began it with an $18,000 donation. Boosted by donations from many celebrities — including Amy Schumer, [...]

  • Justin Carter Dead: Country Singer Dies

    Country Singer Justin Carter Dies After Accidental Shooting on Music Video Set

    Texas country music upstart Justin Carter has died from a gunshot wound, in an accident that took place while a gun was being as a prop for a music video being filmed in his apartment, according to reports out of Houston. Carter, 35, died Saturday, the same week he had signed a management deal and [...]

  • Karen O

    Karen O & Danger Mouse Talk ‘Lux Prima,’ Perform at New York Times Event

    “We’re gonna do one more song…” Karen O said at her and Danger Mouse’s performance and chat in New York Wednesday night, “… and then comes the hard part, which is talking about music.” She was probably inadvertently paraphrasing the age-old adage that attempting to write about music is like “dancing about architecture,” but the [...]

  • Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend Roger Daltrey,

    Why Aren't the Who Playing Woodstock 50?

    Whither the Who? That’s a big question for anyone perusing the Woodstock 50 lineup and noticing that the biggest act from the original 1969 lineup that is still around and active is not on the bill. The timing might have even seemed fortuitous, since the band recently announced plans for a 29-city American tour this [...]

  • KCRW

    KCRW Moves Into New Headquarters as Star DJ Jason Bentley Mulls His Future

    Influential public radio station KCRW has finally left the basement and entered its new home: a sparkling, 34,000-square-foot, three-story $21.7 million glass structure on the campus of Santa Monica College. Part of a $115 million development of its Center for Media and Design, it’s a glittering, shiny and massive step up from its previous studio [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content