By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 13, 2002 01:00 PM
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Just when it seemed that the supply of revelations about Elvis Presley had long ago been exhausted, along comes a brand-new one, courtesy of his ongoing record sales. (This Friday, Aug. 16, will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of the King, who was 42 when his heart gave out after years of drug use and other excesses.) This week, reports Reuters, music trade group the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Presley’s total album sales in the United States had climbed to 100 million copies, up from a previous tally of 80 million. In U.S. sales, that places him behind only the Beatles, with 165 million units, and Led Zeppelin and Garth Brooks, with 105 million units each. But with the momentum building up to this Friday’s anniversary — Katie Couric of the “Today” show starts broadcasting from Graceland on Wednesday — those already impressive RIAA figures could rise again. As Reuters also notes, a newly released remix of Elvis’s 1968 “A Little Less Conversation” has recently climbed British and American pop charts, and Presley’s label, RCA, intends to release “Elvis 30 No. 1 Hits” in September, a compilation that is expected to sell in the millions.

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