ELVIS PRESLEY'S "HEARTBREAK HOTEL" BACK AT #1 IN BILLBOARD 50 YEARS LATER
SINGLE INCLUDED IN DELUXE BOXED SET 'ELVIS # 1 SINGLES' JAN 24 This week, Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" returns to the #1 spot on a Billboard chart 50 years after its initial debut. Presley's famous first RCA Studios session in 1956, just days after his 21st birthday, produced "Heartbreak Hotel" and the song became his first #1 hit. Recorded on January 10th and 11th in 1956, and released just a few weeks later, "Heartbreak Hotel" spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Top 100 chart at #1. The single crossed genres, topping the country charts for 17 weeks and reaching #3 on the R&B charts. This week, the single debuts at #1 on the Billboard "Hot Singles Sales" Chart. The Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group commemorates this milestone with the January 24 release of a deluxe boxed set 'Elvis #1 Singles." The set features all 21 #1 US hits on 20 individual CD singles together in a limited edition, numbered collectors box set. (One of the 20 CD singles is a double A-side containing two #1 hits, "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel"). Each single is individually packaged in a dynamic mini sleeve reflective of the original single artwork. Preserving the look of the original 45's, each CD will be pressed on black plastic with grooves to mimic vinyl. The newly formed SONY BMG Strategic Marketing unit, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, works closely with the company's labels to oversee and coordinate activities in a variety of areas, including master television, film and commercial licensing, creative product development, partnership marketing alliances, and the coordination of joint soundtrack projects between the Sony Music and BMG label groups, as well as overseeing Elvis Presley content management. SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.