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|ELVIS GETS HIS 53rd U.S. TOP 10 ALBUM
August 26, 2015 / Billboard / Elvis Express Radio
Presley moves closer to Frank Sinatra's record total. Plus, six decades after his debut, the King of Rock & Roll crowns the Top Rock Albums chart.
Elvis Presley earns his 53rd top 40 album on the Billboard 200 chart (dated Sept. 5) as the new compilation Elvis Presley Forever debuts at No. 11. The set, sold exclusively
through the U.S. Postal Service, is Presley's highest-charting album since 2003, when Elvis: 2nd to None peaked at No. 3. The debuting album was released in conjunction with the
promotion of Presley's new commemorative stamp.
The new Presley set is sold only as a CD through the Postal Service's website and brick-and-mortar locations, and bows with 27,000 equivalent album units earned in the week
ending Aug. 20, according to Nielsen Music. The entirety of that sum is generated by pure album sales.
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Among all acts with the most top 40-charting albums, Presley remains in second place behind Frank Sinatra, with 57. The latter collected his most recent visit to the region with this
year's Ultimate Sinatra compilation, which debuted and peaked at No. 32 in May. (Presley died in 1977; Sinatra, in 1998.)
With Elvis Presley Forever, the King of Rock & Roll also fittingly debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart. It's his first No. 1 on the list (which originated in 2006).
Elvis Presley Forever also makes a strong debut on the Top Country Albums chart at No. 2, marking Presley's highest-charting set since 2002's Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits, which spent three
weeks atop the list. Presley has visited the top two rungs of Top Country Albums 11 times; seven of those sets hit No. 1.