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Elvis claims 1,000th number one
Elvis Presley
Elvis is on course to notch up his 20th chart topper
Elvis Presley's single One Night has made history by becoming the 1,000th number one - his 20th UK chart topper.

The Manic Street Preachers' single was at number two with Empty Souls.

Elvis, who led last week's chart with Jailhouse Rock, has more number one UK hits than any other artist, beating The Beatles' 17 chart toppers.

Eighteen Elvis tracks are being re-released to commemorate his life. Jailhouse Rock is at number 10 in this week's chart.

Another new entry, Killers' single Somebody Told Me is at number three, while their album Hot Fuss has topped the album chart.

Elvis Presley in 1977
Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 in 1977

X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein's Against All Odds is at number four in the singles chart, with Rooster completing the top five with Staring at the Sun.

Scissor Sisters' album, called Scissor Sisters, is second in the album chart while Brit nominees Kasabian climbed up nine places to number four.

Green Day's album American Idiot stayed at number three.

One Night is the second Elvis re-release so far, and Ladbrokes said they could offer odds of only 10/1 on that all 18 re-release singles top the charts.

Ladbrokes spokesman Warren Lush said: " It's a case of two down, sixteen to go. Bookmakers certainly don't underestimate the power of the King and his fans.

Bets off

"When we first looked at the chances of Elvis scoring 18 number ones in a row we thought it would be very unlikely but when you consider that singles sales are so woefully low you certainly cannot rule it out."

William Hill were forced to close the betting on Thursday that Elvis would take the 1,000th number one after fans backed the price to 14/1 on.

Spokesman Rupert Adams said: "To our knowledge this is the first time that an Elvis bet has taken us to the cleaners as the majority of Elvis bets we take are for him to be found alive - presently offered at 500/1."

The singles chart has been a weekly fixture in the UK since 1952, when Al Martino claimed the first number one with Here In My Heart.

Singles regularly crept their way up to the top spot for the first few decades of the 'hit parade'.

But from the early 90s, records often went straight to number one after being heavily promoted prior to their release.

Singles sales have declined in recent years, with Jailhouse Rock selling just 21,262 copies to reach number one last weekend - the lowest since data began in 1969.


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