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ELVIS, Still The Most Top 10 UK Hits
Forbes report this week that over forty years after his death ELVIS still dominates the list of The Most Top 10 Hits in the UK.
While many of the same songs that reach the top 10 in the US also do so in the UK, things move much faster in Britain and it’s common for more songs to break into this chart-topping region in the UK every year than in America. That fact means some superstars have collected nearly unbelievable numbers of smashes in the country with the list updated for 2019 ELVIS is still Top-Of-The-Pops.
The Official Charts Company UK recently published the ranking of the most successful artists in the U.K. based on how many top 10 singles they have charted, and it’s a healthy mix of legendary rockers, pop icons who have been around for decades, as well as some stars who are still in their prime.
Elvis Presley leads the way with an astounding 76 top 10 hits in the U.K. He’s not only in first place, he’s also the only act to hit more than 70 Top 10s, and that accomplishment may remain his and his alone for a long time. Cliff Richard comes in second with 68, followed closely by Madonna, who has 63 top 10s to her credit. Rounding out the top five are Michael Jackson (44) and Kylie Minogue (34).
While artists like Elvis and The Beatles are obviously some of the most successful names to ever write and record music, the chances either of them will hit the top 10 again is perhaps low - though it’s not impossible, while there are several musicians named who could continue to see their career totals grow. For example, it’s very likely that both Eminem and Rihanna will tack on more massive hits before they begin to slow down, and others like Robbie Williams and even Kylie Minogue could do the same.
Here are UK’s 10 musicians who have charted the most Top 10 hits.

1. Elvis Presley - 76
2. Cliff Richard - 68
3. Madonna - 63
4. Michael Jackson - 44
5. Kylie Minogue - 34
6. U2 - 33
7. Eminem - 32
8. Robbie Williams / Elton John - 31
9. Rihanna - 30
10. The Beatles - 28
From Elvis To Aretha Franklin
From Elvis to Aretha Franklin, 14 Music Biopics in the Works: Variety report that with the box office and awards season success of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ music biopics are roaring back. ‘Rocketman’ based on the life of Elton John just released and several others are currently in the works, including films about Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley and John Lennon.
Others in pre-production are a film on the life of the late Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley’s son Ziggy producing the currently-in-development biopic, MGM’s biopic on the life of Boy George, “Beautiful” the film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical about the life and career of Carole King and ‘The Power of Love’ biopic about Celine Dion.
‘Respect’ about Aretha Franklin features Jennifer Hudson to portray her on film.
also the Elvis Presley biopic from ‘Moulin Rouge’ director Baz Luhrmann - as yet untitled biopic about the life of Elvis Presley at Warner Bros with Tom Hanks in talks to portray Elvis’ manager “Colonel Tom” Parker but still no word on casting for the King himself.
Elvis Presley performed his last concert
As he left the stage for the final time, on June 26, 1977, the King of Rock n’ Roll told his fans “We’ll meet you again, God bless, adios”
Around the world today people are remembering the King of Rock n Roll Elvis Presley who performed his very last concert today, June 26, in 1977.
His final show brought in a crowd of 18k fans at the Indianapolis’s Market Square Arena and was a must-see gig for Presley fans.
Elvis  performed for about 80 minutes cramming in his classics like “Jailhouse Rock”, “Hound Dog,” “Hurt” and a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water.” He closed the concert with “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” one of his most poignant ballads.
He reportedly told the audience “We’ll meet you again, God bless, adios” as he left the stage. On August 16, 1977, he passed away, at his home in  Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis Presley’s Irish roots unearthed
A court document from the 18th-century has provided proof that Elvis Presley had Irish roots. The man with the magic hips beloved by so many died on August 16, 1977. Today we remember the rock n’ roll legend’s Irish heritage.
The paper, which dates from 1775, shows that William Presley, the singer’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, left Leinster for a new life in America, the Irish Times reports.
Presley, a farmer, originally came from the townland of Stranakelly near Shillelagh, County Wicklow.
According to the court document, he claimed he had been savagely assaulted by a group of men in Hacketstown, in neighboring County Carlow.
In Carlow Court of Assizes on August 25, 1775, Presley said he had been “violently insulted, assaulted, beat and abused” by a group of Wicklow men.
The men used their “whips and fists, dragged him down by the legs,” and when down, gave him “several kicks in his body and face,” all “without any provocation.”
Presley told the magistrate that the men were “swearing they would have his life.”
He said was now in “great dread and fear of his life.”
He also named the perpetrators: “Andrew Morris of Mullannashea; Francis Morris of Whiterock; Samuel Morris of Cross; Thomas Morris, William Wilson, Thomas Matthers and Several Other Persons whose names Deponent knoweth not.”
The magistrate said he would list the case for a further hearing, although what happened next in court remains unknown.
Presley’s set sail for New Orleans
Later that year, Presley left Ireland for America with his son Andrew, settling first in New Orleans. He later moved to Tennessee, where he died in 1802.
The historical paper will be auctioned in Dublin in Whyte’s Auctioneers Eclectic Collector sale on May 14. The document has an estimated value of €500-700.
The connection between William Presley and the rock and roll musical legend was discovered by genealogists three years ago, reports the Irish Times.
Auctioneer Ian Whyte said: “Elvis’s great-great-great-great-grandfather left Ireland after being attacked . . . this document proves the link and explains why Elvis was born in America.”
William Presley’s granddaughter Rosella “never married but had several children and one of these was a son called Jesse Presley.’
In 1913, Jesse married Minnie Mae and had their son Vernon Elvis Presley in 1916.
“Vernon married Gladys Love Smith in 1933 and their son Elvis Aaron Presley was brought into the world in January 1935.”
Elvis Smells
The Authentic Brands Group, who owns the Elvis brand, has partnered with Bellevue Brands to launch a fragrance line inspired by Elvis Presley. “Elvis has an incredible ability to excite and captivate audiences,” says a representative for Bellevue Brands. “We’re thrilled to develop a new collection with ABG that embodies Elvis’ undeniable charm and honors the legendary music and style that made him a household name.”The collection includes:
Legend for Him–a mix of musky notes of pink pepper, grapefruit zest, lavender Provence, wild sage and a base of oakmoss, amber, benzoin Siam and cedarwood.
Legend for Her–a blend of floral notes of hibiscus water, lavender buds, orange flower, rose and pink freesia with a base of warm amber, cottony musk and cedarwood.
Forever for Him–a combination of spicy notes of black pepper, fresh aldehydes, sparkling yuzu and gin & tonic accord with a base of vetiver, amber, musk, incense and fir balsam.
Forever for Her–a vibrant medley of mandarin, apple blossom, pink pepper and jasmine with fluffy musk, ebony woods and crystal amber base notes.
Elvis’ brand continues to be leveraged for consumer products around the world. ABG partnered with a Better Choice Company to launch a line of CBD-infused dog treats inspired by the King’s song “Hound Dog.”
Kruse GWS Auctions
Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday.
Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31.
Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tennessee, Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing “the King” driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.
The auction house said a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle was the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased.
He transported it from California to Memphis and sold it 90 days before he died in 1977 at age 42. The Harley has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, since the late 1980s.
The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups that Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi.
Two years later, his father, Vernon, sold them back to the same dealership, the auction house said. It has undergone a total restoration.
Graceland Expansion To Proceed
After months of backroom negotiation, and public arguments through the press, Elvis Presley Enterprises, the City of Memphis and Memphis City Council reached a compromise.
EPE finally removed problematic elements of its proposed expansion and is moving forward with a pared down, albeit $75 million, addition to Graceland. Part of that expansion cleared the Memphis City Council Tuesday evening.
The expansion could include retail, 150 more rooms at the Guest House at Graceland, cabins, an airplane hangar, an RV park and expanded exhibit space. It does not include any more square feet of sound stages or any multi-use buildings that could house a concert or live music show, according to the resolution the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday evening.
For Sale: Elvis Presley’s Dusty Old Lincoln Limo
The King kind of had a thing for cars.
When he wasn’t strutting his stuff behind a microphone stand, there’s a good chance Elvis Presley was buying a new car. The “King of Rock and Roll” was an avowed car connoisseur who owned more than 100 automobiles over the course of his life—some of which are even on display in an Automobile Museum at his Graceland home in Memphis. The last known photo of Elvis, in fact, shows him driving home from the dentist in his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III.
But not all of Elvis’s cars have been so carefully looked after since the singer’s death in 1977. His 1967 Lincoln Continenal limousine, which once served as something of a royal carriage for the Presley family, has fallen into a state of dusty disrepair. It goes up for auction next week, dust and all, at Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California. The winning bidder will have the chance to return it to a state fit for a king, or else allow the car to recede further behind its veil of muck.
The Lincoln Continental limousine first hit the road in 1959, after Elvis became rich and famous—let’s be real—by appropriating black music. At the time, the limos were among the best of the best on the automobile market. Elvis’s manager, “Colonel” Tom Parker, gave him the Lincoln as a wedding gift when he married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. In Los Angeles, where the couple had a second home, it soon became the primary mode of transport for the Presleys and their young daughter, Lisa Marie.
So integral was the limo to the Presleys’ lives that Elvis’s close circle—the so-called “Memphis Mafia”—referred to it as the “Elvis Presley Family Car,” according to Mecum. The car includes a Tennessee license plate that beams, in big red letters, “1-ELVIS.” It also comes with a copy of the car’s original title application, which registered the vehicle under the name E.A. Presley.
In the 1980s, after Elvis died, the Chicago businessman James Petrozzini acquired the limo and had some fun with it. Petrozzini was known to impress unsuspecting clients by picking them up from the airport in the Presley limo, a stunt he’d sometimes replicate while picking his son up from school. Over time, however, the car’s sheen began to fade, even as its kin at the Graceland Museum were carefully preserved by the Presley estate. Petrozzini left it behind in his own car collection when he passed away in 2014. (Unfortunately for the eventual winning bidder, the auction lot does not include a courtesy car wash.)
It is expected to sell for at least $300,000.