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Sunday, 16 June, 2002, 18:06 GMT 19:06 UK
Elvis makes chart history
Elvis Presley
Elvis's last number one was Way Down in 1977
Chart history has been rewritten with Elvis Presley hitting the top of the UK charts 25 years after his death.

The King has now enjoyed more number one singles than any other artist as a remix of his little known track A Little Less Conversation takes the number one spot.

Presley had shared the singles record with the Beatles of 17 singles up until Dutch DJ JXL added his own touch to the tune.

As well as being given a fresh sound, the song has been boosted by its inclusion in a high-profile Nike World Cup advertising campaign.

The advert features some of the world's biggest footballing names including Eric Cantona, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Thierry Henry.

The Beatles
The Beatles have matched Presley's record for 25 years
A Little Less Conversation first appeared in one of Elvis' movies in the 1960s and was a B-side to Almost in Love in 1971 but never featured on greatest hits albums.

A previously un-released version of A Little Less Conversation appeared on the soundtrack album for Ocean's 11, the recent remake of the rat pack classic.

Permission

It was this version that sport giants Nike decided to use in its campaign for the World Cup.

The company then employed Tom Holkenborg, or DJ JXL, to remix the song after seeking permission from the Elvis Presley estate.

JXL is the first musician to be given permission to remix an Elvis Presley song, his estate having turned down numerous requests to use his material.

But the DJ had to drop his usual stage name of Junkie XL on the request of the estate because it was not comfortable with the drug connotations.

Presley's return to the top shows that modern-day pretenders to his crown had still better watch out.

Elvis Presley
Elvis rose to fame in 1956
The history-making record beat pop princess Kylie Minogue to the number one spot with her new single Love at First Sight.

Golden oldies

The song, taken from the hit album Fever, entered the chart at number two, followed by Sophie Ellis Bextor with the double A-side Get Over You/Move.

Eminem's dominance at the top of the album charts remains unchallenged as the Eminem Show remains at number one.

But it is more golden oldies sitting at number two as Queen's Greatest Hits I, II & III rockets up the charts.

Queen are enjoying a revival largely thanks to the musical We Will Rock You which is running in London's West End.

Queen were also back in the news as guitarist Brian May took to the roof of Buckingham Palace to lead the crowds in the national anthem.

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