In the past couple of weeks there has been much talk of Madonna overtaking Elvis in the album charts with the most number one albums by a solo artist.
This kind of talk always gives a very false impression of the situation and whilst Madonna has sold millions of records and is undeniably a massively successful solo artist she still doesn’t seem to have the cultural cache of Elvis. Elvis invented the idea of the modern pop star and modern culture, he didn’t do it on purpose it was just timing.
He also had less time than Madonna and had eat himself to death before he could rack up any more number one albums!
Madonna’s triumph in the weakened album chart is still impressive but the reality of her size was further underlined in the fact that her much hyped stadium tour of the UK is running into problems with the ticket sales. Her Birmingham show remains not sold out with lots of criticism of the excessive ticket prices- ironically the expensive corporate seats sold out fast and so did the cheap seats but a massive swathe of mid pre ice tickets remains unsold bringing up several factors like the recession affecting tickets sales, the fact that she may not be that massive really and maybe the end of the era of the public blindly being loyal to the spectacle.