'The King' Still Reigns

Carousel - French pilot Edmond Salis flies a replica of the original Bleriot XI, ending his flight after crossing the English Channel, Saturday July 25, 2009. The flight was part of centenary celebrations to mark the first flight across the English Channel, in 1909 by Louis Bleriot, when he flew from Calais to Dover in England, making the original of this plane famous. (AP Photo/Thibault Vandermersch)
AP Photo/Thibault Vandermersch
Elvis may have left the building, but he's still in the record store - and he's managed to sell a half-million copies of his new disc to debut at No. 1 on the album charts.

Not only did "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" debut at No. 1 in the United States, it topped the charts in 16 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Australia.

It is the first-ever Elvis album to debut at the top of the charts in the U.S.

According to industry figures released Wednesday, it sold a little more than 500,000 copies.

The disc was buoyed by a massive marketing campaign from Presley's record label, RCA Records, and by the hoopla surrounding the 25th anniversary of Presley's death in August.

"The debut of 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits' at the top of the charts speaks as much to Elvis's future as it does his past," said RCA Music Group Chairman Bob Jamieson.

The album includes classics including "Love Me Tender," "Return to Sender," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," Jailhouse Rock," and "Burning Love."