CAMPAIGN WILL KICK OFF WITH JANUARY 10, 2006
RE-RELEASE OF ELVIS’ FIRST #1 SINGLE ‘HEARTBREAK HOTEL’
CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
ELVIS’ FIRST RCA RECORDING SESSION
Celebrating the milestone 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first RCA recording session and first #1 hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ the SONY BMG Strategic Marketing Group will release the deluxe ‘Elvis #1 Singles’ Box Set on January 24, 2006. The UK version of this box set caused frenzy among Elvis fans as they anxiously waited week to week for the release of the next single to build out their box set. The US version will release 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 will be 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.
Presley’s famous first RCA Studios session, recorded just days after his 21st birthday, produced ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ Recorded on January 10th and 11th in 1956, and released just a few weeks later, the epic single 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. Sony BMG commemorates the 50th anniversary of this legendary recording by re-releasing the ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ single on January 10, 2006. The single artwork will emulate that of the EP that was released in April of 1956, as well as the artwork of the original single that was released in a generic RCA paper sleeve.
The newly formed SONY BMG Strategic Marketing unit 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.
1) Heartbreak Hotel / I Was The One
2) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me
3) Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog
4) Love Me Tender / Any Way You Want Me
5) Too Much / Playing For Keeps
6) All Shook Up / That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
7) Teddy Bear / Loving You
Jailhouse Rock / Treat Me Nice
9) Don’t / I Beg Of You
10) Hard Headed Woman / Don’t Ask Me Why
11) A Big Hunk O’ Love / My Wish Came True
12) Stuck On You / Fame And Fortune
13) It’s Now Or Never / A Mess Of Blues
14) Are You Lonesome Tonight / I Gotta Know
15) Surrender / Lonely Man
16) Good Luck Charm / Anything That’s Part Of You
17) Return To Sender / Where Do You Come From
18) In The Ghetto / Any Day Now
19) Suspicious Minds / You’ll Think Of Me
20) Burning Love / A Matter Of Time