RIAA certifies Elvis Presley albums with 146.5 million sold

The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) has certified Elvis Presley’s album sales topping 146.5 million units. As Presley’s catalog achieves new Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum sales awards as certified by the RIAA, Presley continues to inspire, inform and transform popular culture.

Presley, the second most awarded solo performer and third most awarded act in RIAA history (after the Beatles at No. 1 and Garth Brooks at No. 2), has racked up more Gold Records (101) than any other act and is the only artist still earning RIAA certifications whose connection to the association dates back to its founding. In 1958, the inaugural year of the RIAA Gold & Platinum program, Elvis’ “Hard Headed Woman” became one of the RIAA’s first three Gold singles and the very first in Elvis’ ongoing string of Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications.

Over the past year, 17 Elvis Presley catalog titles have been awarded RIAA certifications, with 11 of those albums reaching Gold (or Platinum) status for the very first time.

  • *Elvis Presley Christmas Duets – Gold Album (certified July 31, 2017)
  • *An Afternoon In The Garden – Gold Album (certified July 31, 2017)
  • *Elvis’ Greatest Jukebox Hits – Gold Album (certified January 12, 2018)
  • *Elvis Rock – Gold Album (certified January 12, 2018)
  • *The Great Performances – Gold Album (certified January 12, 2018)
  • *White Christmas – Gold Album (certified January 12, 2018)
  • *He Touched Me – Gold Multi-Disc Set (certified September 13, 2017)
  • *Artist Of the Century – Gold Multi-Disc Set (certified January 12, 2018)
  • *Peace in the Valley – Gold Multi-Disc Set (certified January 12, 2018)
  • *Christmas Peace – Gold Multi-Disc Set (certified January 12, 2018)
  • *HITstory – Gold & Platinum Multi-Disc Set (certified January 12, 2018)
  • Heart And Soul – Platinum Album (certified September 13, 2017)
  • That’s The Way It Is – Platinum Album (certified September 13, 2017)
  • Elvis Ultimate Gospel – Platinum Album (certified January 12, 2018)
  • Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 1 – Multi-Platinum (3X) Album (certified July 31, 2017)
  • It’s Christmas Time – Multi-Platinum (4X) Album (certified September 13, 2017)
  • Elvis 30 #1 Hits – Multi-Platinum (6X) Album (certified September 13, 2017)

*first time certification

A new documentary, Elvis: The Searcher, premieres on Saturday, April 14th from 8-11 pm ET/PT. The film is an HBO Documentary Films production, in association with Sony Pictures Television. RCA/Legacy will release the album’s soundtrack on Friday, April 6th.

The musical companion to the two-part documentary directed by Emmy and Grammy award winner Thom Zimny, Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) will be available in digital and physical configurations including an 18-track definitive soundtrack, a 2 LP gatefold 12″ vinyl edition and a 3 CD collectible deluxe box set.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) includes the 18 essential Elvis Presley hits, powerful performances, and rare alternative versions of songs at the musical core of the groundbreaking three-hour two-part film which focuses on the development of Elvis’ spellbinding artistry, from his early blues and country roots and influences through his seismic contributions to popular culture to his 1976 recording sessions at the Jungle Room in Graceland.

The 3 CD deluxe box set features 37 additional Presley cuts plus a special disc featuring selections from Mike McCready’s (Pearl Jam) original score for Elvis Presley: The Searcher; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing “Wooden Heart,” and the music that inspired Elvis (including R&B and country classics and “Home Sweet Home” sung by his mother, Gladys Presley). The Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) deluxe 3 CD set includes a 40-page hardcover book featuring rare photography, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a director’s note by Thom Zimny.

CD | 3 CD | 2 LP

CD 1:

1. Trouble / Guitar Man
2. My Baby Left Me
3. Baby, What You Want Me To Do (First ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
4. Old Shep
5. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
6. That’s All Right
7. Blue Moon of Kentucky
8. Fool, Fool, Fool
9. Tweedlee Dee
10. Baby, Let’s Play House
11. Good Rockin’ Tonight
12. Trying to Get to You
13. Blue Moon
14. When It Rains, It Really Pours
15. Blue Christmas
16. Heartbreak Hotel
17. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
18. Money Honey
19. Hound Dog
20. (There’ll Be) Peace In the Valley (For Me)
21. Crawfish
22. Trouble
23. Farther Along
24. Mona Lisa
25. Hide Thou Me
26. Loving You
27. Lonely Man
28. Power of My Love

CD 2:

1. Milky White Way
2. A Mess of Blues
3. Fame and Fortune
4. Witchcraft / Love Me Tender
5. Like a Baby
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
7. It’s Now or Never
8. Wooden Heart
9. Swing Down Sweet Chariot
10. Reconsider Baby
11. Bossa Nova Baby
12. C’mon Everybody
13. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
14. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
15. Run On
16. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Version 1)
17. Suspicious Minds
18. Baby, Let’s Play House
19. Words
20. That’s All Right
21. Never Been to Spain
22. An American Trilogy
23. You Gave Me a Mountain
24. Burning Love
25. Separate Ways
26. Hurt – Elvis Presley with Myrna Smith, Kathy Westmoreland & J.D. Sumner and The Stamps
27. If I Can Dream

CD 3:

1. Dissolution 2 – Mike McCready
2. Satisfied – The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
3. That’s All Right – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
4. She May Be Yours (But She Comes To See Me Sometime) – Joe Hill Louis
5. Mystery Train – Little Junior’s Blue Flames
6. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
7. Rock-A-My Soul – The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
8. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – The Prisonaires
9. Rocket ’88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats
10. Write Me a Letter – The Ravens
11. Blue Moon of Kentucky – Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys
12. Ain’t That Right – Eddie Snow
13. Just Walkin’ in the Rain – Johnnie Ray
14. Home Sweet Home – Gladys Presley
15. Blowin’ In the Wind – Odetta
16. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Odetta
17. The Weight – The Staple Singers
18. Heartbreak Hotel – The Orlons
19. Wooden Heart – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
20. Rebound – Mike McCready

Author: Buddy Iahn

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