Elvis demoted in new Billboard historic chart

By Dean Goodman
Thu Aug 7, 4:00 PM ET

Poor Elvis. Random sightings of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll have tapered off in recent years, and now he has mysteriously disappeared from the upper echelons of a new list that ranks the artists with the most No. 1 hits on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Until April, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey tied at No. 2 on Billboard’s list of the top acts of the rock era with 17 No. 1 tunes each, behind the Beatles with 20.

But then Carey took sole possession of the silver medal when her single “Touch My Body” hit the top spot. That should still make Presley No. 3, but not according to Billboard which has demoted him to No. 14 with seven No. 1 hits, a ranking he now shares with Phil Collins.

The rest of this Reuters story is here.

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  1. This proves that I was right when I said on a post at the ELVIS2NDTONONE website that Billboard is out to destroy Elvis’ legacy. Obviously Fred Bronson and Geoff Mayfield are being paid off by pop radio owners or they have their own agenda or both. First, they strip Elvis of recognition of “HOUND DOG”/”DON’T BE CRUEL” as two separate number one hits. Then they refused to recognize “A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION” 2002, “RUBBERNECKING” 2003, “THAT’S ALRIGHT” 2004 and the successful return to number one of “HEARTBREAK HOTEL” 2006 as legitimate number ones despite the fact they were the top selling singles when they were released. Now they are stripping Elvis of further number ones because of a chart name change. It sounds like a conspiracy to me. I’m a big Phil Collins fan and I know he’s also peeved about this. Fred Bronson and Geoff Mayfield has in the last couple of years managed to destroy the credibility of the once trustworthy Billboard Magazine. This never would’ve happened if Joel Whitburn ran things. I suggest we punish Billboard. First, we need to find out the name of the parent company of Billboard. Second, we need to boycott them. Third, we as Elvis fans should announce to the media why we did so. We will show them that although they might have made millions catering to people like Mariah Carey and Jay-Z they will no longer make millions off Elvis fans. If you’d like to contact me e-mail me at donn409@usa.com. Elvis fans have my permission to use my post.

  2. Billboard is sorry-assed junk. When frauds like The Beatles and Phil Collins get higher on Billboard than Elvis Presley you know you take the music back to the homeland with you.

  3. Don and Leon,

    Thanks for your comments. Elvis still had some of the most passionate fans ever!


  4. It has rightfully been said, “Figures don’t lie but liars sure can figure.”

    History is being rewritten everywhere. Few hold to the truth now days. It’s up to us to tell our children the truth, nobody else will.

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