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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:34 pm 
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Ginette sent this to me . . .

"It is estimated that Elvis Presley has sold in excess of one billion records worldwide, more than any other artist in the history of recorded voice. About half of these sales have been in the U.S., about half elsewhere. Still, when you look in the world's record books and other fact books to see who has the most gold records, Elvis is not listed at the top. That's not right. The reason is that the authors of these books or lists typically consult with the RIAA for their information. The RIAA is the official body to which record companies report record sales and request the awarding of gold and platinum records to their artists. Elvis' RIAA certifications had badly needed updating for a long time.
The RIAA came into existence in 1958. Elvis had many gold records before that time that were awarded in-house from his record company, RCA. However, RCA, for the most part, did not request retroactive RIAA certification of these records. Also, over the years, they did not often request additional certification when the records went gold or platinum more than once. Fans have long wanted to see this corrected. However, for RCA to go back and make it right, they had to present actual sales figures to the RIAA. That was not possible as pre-computer-age files on Elvis' sales were misfiled, incomplete, lost, and scattered. But, after BMG took over RCA, there was a new and energetic focus on all things Elvis-related. Around the sametime, it happened that Graceland acquired the lifetime collectin of files, photography, and memorabilia of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' long-time career manager. Colonel's files were more complete and were well-organized. In early 1992, RCA and Graceland worked together to bring auditors from the RIAA to Graceland to go through Colonel's files. The auditors were able to locate sales figures to prompt an amazing number of certifications for Elvis he has long, long deserved. The results were revealed on August 12, 1992. In the ceremony, RCA and the RIAA not only presented the new certifications, but also re-awarded those that had been certified in the past. Together, this totaled 110 titles. But, even if they had presented only the new or updated certifications (60 or so), it still would have been the largest presentation in history. Even with this new presentation, Elvis still deserves more. These RIAA certifications are for U.S. sales only. Sales figures foroutside the U.S.A. are, for a variety of reasons, very, very incomplete. Also, Colonel's files, as immaculate as they are, could also be incomplete on domestic sales. Elvis has certified U.S. sales of around 500 million records. It is generally believed that his sales in all the other countries of the world combined equal his total in America, thus the estimate of one billion."

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:56 am 
You would think something would have been done way before now, but it seems like Elvis well never get the FULL RESPECT he SO DESERVES! No matter what it is! FairyTale!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:58 pm 
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Well, we all know he does and so do millions and millions of other people who thought he was great-I guess the fact that he remains the most talked about, money maker even after 30 years, is pretty awesome and hard to top with an award. But then, one is never recognized as truly great in one's own "backyard" and I guess because the US had him, they don't see any need to do anything else? :roll:

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