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Diva305  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 1641)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 10:13 PM


Carey overtakes Elvis
03/04/2008 - 10:06:50 AM

Pop diva Mariah Carey has become only the second artist to score 18 US number one singles - beating the late Elvis Presley into third place.

The singer's new song,'Touch My Body', surged up the Billboard Hot 100 countdown to take the top slot after being made available as a digital download.

Carey has now claimed her 18th number one single, leaving her just two short of The Beatles' record.

The 'Heartbreaker' star was previously tied in second place with Presley - who topped the US pop charts 17 times.

But Carey, who celebrated the news while on a promotional tour in London, insists she could never compare herself to musical greats such as Presley and The Beatles; she's just pleased to still be enjoying success 18 years after releasing her first album.

She says: "I really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionized music but also changed the world. That's a completely different era and time ... I'm just feeling really happy and grateful."


Who the hell will remember Mariah Carey 30 years after she died? Okay-the Beatles-but Mariah Carey? least she was humble about it.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 11:35 PM

I'm sure she'll be remembered by her fans as much as Elvis or the Beatles are remembered by their fans.

The beat goes on and on and on and we pass into the past.

In 100 years, none of the 3 will be remembered. I have no students who care a bit about Elvis. Nor the Beatles. Nor Mariah. The next generation chooses their own musical heroes, and the next century's big stars will someday sell more than all three combined.

Diva305  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 1641)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 11:45 PM

I doubt that.....but if you say so.

So she got it by downloaded songs.....Elvis (and the Beatles) were before computers.

Elvis Chai

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 1:11 AM

Don't be upset Diva, Elvis will still be singing 100 years from now (my 15 year loves him & so do some of his friends), as will the Beatles (the kids love them too), Mariah, who knows? Elvis forever

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6036)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 1:37 AM

Long live the King!!!


Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 3:12 AM

On Vancouver Island the kids are still listening to 60's, 70's & 80's music, as well as the new stuff. Growing up I listened to a DJ named Red Robinson, one the first DJ's to play Rock & Roll in Canada. He still has a program called Red Rock Diner on 104.9 Clear FM which airs on Saturday night from 6 to 12 PDT. He often throws in memories of his meetings with the greats like Elvis, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, you name them, he's met them. I find them very interesting, maybe you will too. Streaming audio is available at
Happy listening

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 5:52 AM

Diva, I'm with you. I'm 63 and love all kinds of music, including classic and opera. To think Elvis or the Beatles will be forgotten is wrong, their music is legendary. As far as kids go today with music, there is no music, just terrible noise. I cannot understand people spending hundreds of dollars for these devices to stick in their ears so they can hear someone swear or sing about gang crap. I have two pickup trucks with very nice radios and CD players, they do not get used unless there is somethin pre-1975, the rest is JUNK. I hope I don't sound too much like my grandparents. Lawrence Welk, yuck !!

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.3 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 8:19 AM

I don't think Mariah Carey is anywhere close to the same league as Elvis or the Beatles but she will be remembered by her fans. She isn't exactly a one hit wonder and unless she just suddenly falls off the face of the earth she won't forgotten easily. There was bound to be a time when someone would snatch Elvis' slot, granted I never thought it would be Mariah but it is and we have accept it.

Keithr81052  (Level: 142.1 - Posts: 147)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 8:46 AM

look at it this way, today there are more than twice as many people to buy and listen to the music as there were in the days of elvis and the beatles, put them on an even playing field she doesn't and never will hold a candle to Elvis or the Beatles

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 9:43 AM

That makes me sad, too...

I really don't care for Mariah Carey...

Elvis will always be the King and well, you know about the Beatles and that whole thing that John Lennon said that caused such a brouhaha...But it's true...

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 1:08 PM

I'm the only person I know who never liked either Elvis or the Beatles, though I liked McCartney's latter work with Wings. Russ Taff is a much better singer and songwriter than any of them, but because he's a contemporary Christian singer, very few of us will ever even hear of him.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 1:20 PM

I have always been an Elvis fan.. I was 8 when he passed and it effected me immensely, even at that age. I am the youngest of 7 children and none of my siblings cared for his music - don't know what the appeal was for me (being so young) but, he got me 'all shook up' lol. To be fair, Mariah Carey DOES have a beautiful voice. We may choose not to enjoy her choice of genre but, give credit where it is due. Same goes for Celine Dion - I may not be a tried and true fan but, I cannot deny the power of her voice.

As for the young folks nowadays - my son is 19 and plays many instruments. The only genre you are going to hear coming from those instruments is classic rock. Being that that genre is from my era, this makes me very happy. Many, many young people are turning to classic rock and turning off/tuning out the rap/hiphop, etc.

Diva305  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 1641)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 4:12 PM

Billboard doesn't matter anyway

Although the criteria for the following list are intended to be expansive (including comparisons for total sales for all recording artists) there are certain limitations and constraints that may limit the conclusions that can be derived from this data.

Such constraints include:

Bias towards acts who have had success in a specific country or region.
Bias towards older artists. There is now a broader genre spectrum of music to listen to now which limits the number of listeners.
Bias towards modern artists. Comparatively less successful modern artists will have sold more records, as both global spending power and population have increased. In 1950, the world's population was 2.5 billion; by 2000 it had risen to 6 billion. Also, older artists suffer from bias as their record sales are less likely to have been accurately tracked, and estimates of their early sales are likely to be more vague.
Bias towards older artists. Particularly, those artists who began their recording careers since 1990 may have experienced some loss in sales from illegal downloading of tracks.
Fan sites, press articles, certification authorities and record companies have been known to inflate record sales claims.
Inflated claims for artists who performed in different acts during their careers. Sometimes all of the sales data is attributed to an individual artist. For the purposes of this list, an effort is made to separate the individual acts (e.g., the sales figures for The Beatles and Paul McCartney & Wings are mutually exclusive).
Inconsistencies between the sources of the various statistics. For example in some cases world sales are compared to US (RIAA certifies US sales only).

World's best seller
The best-selling musical act in history cannot be accurately determined. However Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley have been given the title by various sources.

Artists by reputed sales:

500 million records or more

The Beatles

Bing Crosby

Elvis Presley


In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets.[1] (Some other countries have similar schemes. See Music recording sales certification.) Certification is not automatic; for an award to be made, the record label must pay a fee to have the sales of the recording audited. The audit is conducted against unit shipments (most often an artist's royalty statement is used), which includes albums sold directly to retailers and one-stops, direct to consumer sales (music clubs and mail order) and other outlets. Shipments that could potentially be returned to the label can not be counted.

Top selling artists (updated 24 March 2008)
Artist Units (millions)

Hendrix, Jimi 171
The Beatles 170
Presley, Elvis 118.5
Led Zeppelin 111.5
Eagles 100
Billy Joel 79.5
Pink Floyd 74.5
Streisand, Barbra 71
John, Elton 69.5
AC/DC 69
Aerosmith 66.5
Rolling Stones, The 66
Strait, George 65.5
Springsteen, Bruce 63.5
Madonna 63
Carey, Mariah 61.5
Jackson, Michael 60.5
Metallica 57
Van Halen 56.5
Whitney Houston 54
Rogers, Kenny 51
U2 50.5
Dion, Celine 50
Fleetwood Mac 48.5
Diamond, Neil 48
Kenny G 48
Twain, Shania 47
Alabama 46
Journey 45
Santana 43
Clapton, Eric 42.5
Jackson, Alan 42
McEntire, Reba 40.5
Seger, Bob and the Silver Bullet Band 40
Prince 39.5
Guns N' Roses 39.5
Simon & Garfunkel 38.5
Chicago 38
Foreigner 37.5
Stewart, Rod 37
Dylan, Bob 37
Backstreet Boys 37
2Pac 36.5
Def Leppard 35
Nelson, Willie 35
Bon Jovi 34
Collins, Phil 33.5
R. Kelly 33
Taylor, James 32.5
Denver, John 32.5
Queen 32.5
McGraw, Tim 32
Doors, The 32
Spears, Britney 31
Boston 31
Matthews, Dave Band 31
Dixie Chicks 30.5
Ronstadt, Linda 30
Pearl Jam 30
Osbourne, Ozzy 28.75
Petty, Tom & The Heartbreakers 28.5
Mannheim Steamroller 28
Lynyrd Skynyrd 28
Bolton, Michael 28
'N Sync 28
Mellencamp, John 27.5
Manilow, Barry 27.5
Eminem 27
Boyz II Men 27
Brooks & Dunn 26.5
Enya 26
Jackson, Janet 26
Bee Gees 26
Creedence Clearwater Revival 26
Jay-Z 26
Sinatra, Frank 25.5
ZZ Top 25
Rush 25
Nirvana 25
Carpenters, The 24.5
Vandross, Luther 24.5
Miller, Steve Band 24.5
Creed 24
Gill, Vince 24
Earth, Wind & Fire 23.5
Cars, The 23.5
Mötley Crüe 23.5
Buffett, Jimmy 23
Police, The 22.5
Sade 22.5
Hendrix, Jimi 22
REO Speedwagon 22
TLC 22
Green Day 22
Beastie Boys 22
Lionel Richie 22
Outkast 22
Keith, Toby 22
Doobie Brothers 22

and in Honor of MLK today (for whom this song was written about for Elvis)

Frank Sinatra

Michael Jackson

Flcyclist  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 691)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 9:50 PM

Musical choice is, of course, personal! For instance, although I grew up in the 50's, I never liked Elvis with the exception of one or two of his songs. The Beatles I liked a little bit more, but for me - the KING will always be RICK NELSON! And who the heck remembers HIM?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 9:54 PM

I DO I DO I DO. Ozzie and Harriet was the only TV show my sister loved and let me watch with her (she's 9 years older than I, and I was nothing but a nuisance and a pest, as far as she was concerned). I remember when it was on and Ricky sang, she would do silly dances with me. It seemed the only time she tolerated me for 20 years till I became a mom.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.9 - Posts: 5438)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 10:07 PM

flcyclist I also remember Rick Nelson...I have all of his recordings and had his picture on my wall when I was around 6 or so...He was the Prince Of Rock and Roll! But in my heart of hearts Elvis will always be the King! He was voted Artist Of The Century by Time Magazine...I loved both of their music....Long live Rock and Roll! (see guys I like other music besides country!) ROFL

Diva305  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 1641)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 11:21 PM

John Lennon Quotes about Elvis
“Before Elvis, there was nothing.”

John Lennon

"Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles."

Dick Clark Quote about Elvis
It's rare when an artist's talent can touch an entire generation of people. It's even rarer when that same influence affects several generations. Elvis made an imprint on the world of pop music unequaled by any other single performer.

Sammy Davis Jr. Quote about Elvis
There was something just bordering on rudeness about Elvis. He never actually did anything rude, but he always seemed as if he was just going to. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate him eleven.

“Without preamble, the three-piece band cuts loose. In the spotlight, the lanky singer flails furious rhythms on his guitar, every now and then breaking a string. In a pivoting stance, his hips swing sensuously from side to side and his entire body takes on a frantic quiver, as if he had swallowed a jackhammer.”

Time Magazine,
May 15, 1956


Reading responses and thinking "Whatever Floats Your Boat" You can check lots of statistics and come up with different answers, but TO ME





To All My Sploof Elvis Fans¤t=elvis1.jpg

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 11:25 PM

I remember the first time I saw Rick Nelson... he had a guest role on The Love Boat... I was gushing by the end of the show!

Diva305  (Level: 145.8 - Posts: 1641)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 11:41 PM

Thanks Marilyn!

Found the Elvis Island

I'll be there

Bobbsey  (Level: 153.0 - Posts: 252)
Thu, 15th May '08 10:42 PM

thanks diva for the link of elvis in photobucket, even as i clicked in the n os at the bottom were going up in the 10's. is there anyone even remotely close that would have 5 billion hits on the web?

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