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Elvis makes UK chart history

Presley has now beaten The Beatles' UK record
Presley has now beaten The Beatles' UK record  

LONDON, England -- Elvis Presley has made pop history 25 years after his death as a new single clinches the UK No1 spot giving him more hits than any artist.

A remix of his 1968 song "A Little Less Conversation," which features in a Nike advert for the World Cup, topped the UK charts on Sunday, ahead of new songs from Kylie Minogue and Eminem.

Presley, who died on August 16 1977, has now had more number ones than any artist in the pop chart's 50-year history.

It is his 18th UK number one and breaks the record he held with The Beatles, who have had 17.

Now he has been brought to a whole new generation thanks to a relatively unknown Dutch DJ, JXL, who remixed the track.

"A Little Less Conversation" first appeared in one of Elvis's movies in the 1960s and as the B-side to his 1968 single, Almost in Love.

It eventually featured on a budget Elvis album in 1971 but was virtually forgotten.

The original version of the song reached No. 69 on the U.S. singles charts in 1968. It also featured last year on the soundtrack to the remake of "Ocean's Eleven," which starred George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

The remix adds a minute-long electronic introduction, surrounds Presley's vocals with new rhythms and beats and extends the song with dance loops and techno tracks.

"If you hear the first minute of the song, you would have no idea that it's Elvis. It sounds like a techno song," RCA general manager Richard Sanders told Reuters.

"And when you hear his voice kick in, it's like, 'Oh, my, that's Elvis!' "

Sanders said it marks the first contemporary remix of Presley's music allowed by RCA, a unit of Bertelsmann AG's BMG.


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